Is That An Effigy In Your Pocket? The Phallus Shrine of Railay
IT WAS ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL MORNING in Thailand. Except we were in Ao Nang. And Ao Nang is a shit town. So we caught a longboat over to Railay and rented out a kayak for a few hours. We scuttled around by the coast for a while, pissing about between the karst peaks in the sea, peering inside caverns, pondering the strange creatures under the sea, and all the while increasing our chances of skin cancer.
It was great.
We eventually came upon the rather busy, but also rather nice, Phra Nang beach. The cliff at the end of the beach was covered in a profusion of colourful banners, and a small crowd of people were hanging around a cave.
Here’s what they were looking at…
Unfortunately I only had a camera phone to hand. No way was I risking my DSLR in a kayak, honestly, I’m as clumsy fuck!
A plaque near the shrine explains in archaic Engrish that the fishermen of Phra Nang believe the cave to be the spiritual abode of a goddess. Before braving the treacherous Andaman seas, the fishermen pray and occasionally offer her gifts in the form of large erections in exchange for good luck and / or fertility.
I couldn’t (be arsed to) find out more about the goddess, or why the fisherman believe she’s so horny, but these kinds of shrines are found throughout Thailand, and are an example of the country’s old hindu beliefs and superstitions.
Anyway, that’s probably enough cock for one day, eh? I hope you didn’t view this one at work…
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