Posted on 02/29/2008

Photo taken on February 14, 2008

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Traditional masks sold at DochuLa

Traditional masks sold at DochuLa
This mask was to sell for foreign visitors. The phallus nose is a symbolic meaning for indicating a balance between male and female creative energies.
The phallic symbol is as popular as it has ever been.
It comes in different shapes and sizes, carved in wood, metal, stone and cloth. It is painted on walls and hung from the eaves of houses and displayed in various forms during some traditional ceremonies.
In Bhutan the phallus is an integral part of ceremonies observed by communities, commonly used to ward off evil spirits and counter evil.
It is sometimes called Kharam shing or Mikha, meaning a piece of wood to counter the evil tongue and eye, Gulang or Wangchu Chenpo, a reference to Lord Shiva, Wangchu Chenpo pho taag, meaning the male symbol of Lord Shiva, or simply Zur shing, meaning a piece of wood that hangs from the eaves.
But contrary to the popular perception, the phallus has a world of meaning beyond its obvious symbolism to ward off evil influences.
Speaking to Kuensel, a Bhutanese scholar said that the real significance of the phallus has been perverted by popular belief.
“The phallus is nothing but an artistic folk device by which human beings confront the issue of male ego,” he said. “In plain terms it is an attempt to do away with the male ego since the phallus in its warped form reminds of problems of male ego.”