Lingam Sculptures

Malta street sculpture

Phallic Art

It has been used artistically by most cultures for hundreds of years. In some places they are called monuments. There is at least one museum devoted to it. The Japanese love their phalluses, and celebrate them in a fertility festival.

Westerners might raise an eyebrow, but Kanamara Matsuri (Festival of the Iron Phallus) is a joyous occasion which besides asking for fertility, long marriages and healthy births, raises awareness of sexually transmitted diseases.

The Greek have their own phallic festival where residents of the tiny town of Tyrnavos “go crazy about penises”. Unlike the more goal oriented Japanese festival, this one celebrates Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and ecstasy.  India’s own lingam festival is related to Shiva, the creator and destroyer god. Five offerings are made on Maha Shivatri day, and placed in front of Shiva in its phallic form.

Cleopatra’s Needle, Central Park, N.Y.

Cleopatra’s Needle, Central Park, N.Y.

Kanamara Matsuri

Kanamara Matsuri, or Phallus Festival in Kawasaki, Japan.

A lingam at a temple in Mahabalipuram.

A lingam at a temple in Mahabalipuram.

London sculpture

Wash., DC Phallus Imp. or: Mine is Biggest of All