Penises and Vaginas and Festivals (oh my)
Thanks to Adam for sharing this article with me.
Every year in Japan, there are penis and vagina worshipping festivals.
The article (and pictures) will do a much better job describing these festivals, but the gist is that these celebrations are part of a tradition dating back 1500 years. The purpose of these events is to promote fertility and good crops in the following year.
Here’s the story from the linked blog:
[A]n innkeepers daughter …had the misfortune of having a demon with sharp teeth fall in love with her. As demons are wont to do, the little bastard decided to take up residency in her vagina, and then wield his sharp teeth against the innkeeper’s daughter’s male companions. Enter Hero Blacksmith who crafted a fine steel phallus, which broke the poor demon’s teeth.
Scary. But luckily, I think the focus today is more on the celebration of fertility and the power of the parts, rather than these myths.
If anyone knows about these festivals, or if I have gotten my facts wrong, please share! I would love to hear from you and learn more about them.