Project Description


Title: Phallic Symbols

Buddhist art seems less shy of phallic symbols than we are here in the West. These kind of objects can be found everywhere in art shops, skilfully crafted. Especially in the village of the Temple of Drukpa Lumley these symbols are all around. Houses are painted with erect penises that  spit semen. Drukpa Lumley is a sort of national saint in Bhutan, and much revered. You can find a book on his life on Amazon by the same title: The Devine Madman. In fact he had a such high degree of realisation that ordinary rules about conduct meant nothing to him, because he could see the hidden purposes. So he went around in life in what we would call a scandalous way, but this is only our own ignorance, at least according to his admirers.