Erecting a Tribute to a Fertility Goddess

Bangkok’s most famous phallic shrine has been moved to a new location, just down the street from its old site

Fertility ShrineThai vendors still put them at the bottom of their plastic money baskets to reap a greater cash harvest. Some men wear belts strung with them under their trousers as a kind of supernatural Viagra. Magazines devoted to amulets advertise miniature ones carved from ivory and inscribed with Khmer incantations. Buddhist monks will even bless them for you. And tucked away in a small park off Wireless Road is the remnants of Bangkok’s most notorious fertility shrine, where the phallic symbol of Hindu yore remains a potent image.

Until it closed at the end of 2016 the Swissôtel Nai Lert Park was home to this shrine devoted to the fertility goddess Tubtim. The walkway leading to it was studded with wooden phalluses in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and shades—some of them stood two-metres tall, and one even had the hindquarters of a pig (which is a…

Original published: 2018-02-10 14:00:05 Read the full Bangkok News here


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