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
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.