Bhutan takes a second look at phallus worship

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A phallic painting on a building in Wangduephodrang, Bhutan. Bhutanese believe the ‘scandalous’ yet the integral part of Bhutan’s phallic worship aid fertility, work as a talisman to protect themselves from evil, and dispel malicious gossips. Photo by Tara Limbu

A phallic painting on a building in Wangduephodrang, Bhutan. Bhutanese believe the ‘scandalous’ yet the integral part of Bhutan’s phallic worship aid fertility, work as a talisman to protect themselves from evil, and dispel malicious gossips. Photo by Tara Limbu

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THIMPHU, Bhutan (RNS) Bhutan’s phallic worship is getting a second look. The age-old tradition is being reconsidered -- to preserve its rich narratives, as artistic inspiration and as a tool for religious belief.