Saturday, October 8, 2011

From the list of "Things the People of Bhutan Get Tired of Explaining to Visitors"

Bhutanese people often paint large penises on the outside walls of their homes. Dechen explained it this way: "We are a modest people. Evil spirits may be modest as well. So it is hoped that putting such a picture on one's home will ward off evil spirits who are too embarrassed to enter." This is the kind of logic that makes me feel very limited in my understanding of the spirit world.


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