Nov 21, 2014
The Indonesian Temple of the Penis
Covered with bas-reliefs of people in erotic poses.
Surrounded by statues of naked men, gods, and monsters.
Men having sex with men.
Men having sex with beings of indeterminate gender.
Or that both cultures were remnants of ancient Atlantis, or Mu.
Or that it was built by aliens and holds secret messages about the end of the world.
But relax: it's Hindu.
The elephant-headed god is actually Lord Ganesha.
The giant lingam (Hindu phallic symbol) contains a Sanskrit inscription proclaiming that this "sign of masculinity is the essence of the world."
Another inscription allows us to date the temple at 1440 AD, long after the Mayans.
Indonesia is staunchly Muslim now, but previously it was the site of several powerful Hindu kingdoms, including the Majapahit Empire, the largest in Southeast Asia, extending through modern-day Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
In 1440, Majapahit was in decline, falling to internal disputes and the incursions of the Muslim sultanates to the east. So a crew of artists and builders came out to the jungle to ask for the help of Lord Ganesha, the power of masculine energy, and the penis.
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