Shinto Genital Worship

Penis StatueI was wondering around one of the less travel corners of Kyoto a few days ago and I noticed the top of a peculiar statue peaking over the top of some bushes. “Well, that looks just like a -“, I said to myself. After a little investigation I realized that I had stumbled upon an entire shrine dedicated to worship of both the penis and the vagina. I’m not to sure about the specifics, but I’ve heard that this used to be a large part of the Shinto traditions. Regardless of their origin, I took a few pictures to share with the good denizens of the intarweb. Please enjoy.

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