Mar 9, 2014
The Penis Festival of Greece
In the village of Tyrnavos, about 200 miles north of Athens, the men give up penises.
So they have a Penis Festival, or Bourani, at the end of their month-long Carnival season.
Meanwhile the men who have already been initiated stand around with penis-shaped scepters singing obscene songs about penises.
There's a parade of penises and other caracatures, and many vendors plying the crowds with penis-shaped candy and toys.
Such an obviously homoerotic festival has ancient roots. It was originally in honor of Dionysus, the ancient Greek god of wine and carousing.
Several puritanical Greek governments have tried to banned the festival, but it keeps going on in secret.
It's mostly men, but women have been allowed since 1980.
While you're in Greece, be sure to fly down to Crete to check out the artifacts of the beefcake-heavy Minoan Civilization.