Phallus painting at Sobsokha village,near Punakha,Bhutan

Phallus paintings in Bhutan are esoteric symbols, which have their origins in the Chimi Lhakhang monastery near Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. The village monastery was built in honour of Lama Drukpa Kunley who lived in the 15-16th century and who was popularly known as the "Mad Saint" or “Divine Madman” for his unorthodox ways of teaching, which amounted to being bizarre and shocking. These explicit paintings, though embarrassing to many urbanites now (this folk culture is now informally discouraged in urban centres[1]), can be seen painted on the walls of houses and buildings through out Bhutan, particularly in villages, and are credited as Kunley's creations.[2][3] Traditionally symbols of an erect penis in Bhutan have been intended to drive away the evil eye and malicious gossip.


  • Tomislav Ivkovic 4y

    Amazing shot, I like the contrast and light in your photos overall, also the composition of your photos are good, have a nice day and visit my stream and leave a comment or two:)

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  • realtravelinman 4y

    In America, you get a ticket for drawing penises on buildings, there they're all over the place.
    Countries are learning a lot of things from America, but we sould be the ones learning something. Freedom of expression my ass! This is REAL freedom of expression!
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