Symbolism of the Phallus

Symbolism of the Phallus

phallus sign on the road

Throughout Bhutan, the phallus symbol can be seen flanking doorways, hanging off rooftops or painted on the corners of homes in all sizes and colours. Traditionally, Bhutanese believe that these phallic symbols help to ward off evil spirits and to drive malicious gossip away. It is also a symbolic reference of fertility and good luck. There are also numerous shops selling the phallic symbol souvenirs in the form of keychains or wooden sculptures. This is undoubtedly the legacy that has been left by Drukpa Kunley. However, the phallic symbols will not be found in the walls of any community temples or dzongs (fortresses), which are places of worships where Lamas and other Buddhist monks and nuns who have adopted a celibate lifestyle pursue their religious and spiritual attainment.