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Yin and Yang

Posted in The Mystic East with tags , , , on March 1, 2015 by alvinavalon

yinyangTaoism is an ancient Chinese tradition that centers around the concept of Yin and Yang, or the interplay of female and male principles.

The female principle Yin is symbolized by the vagina, while the male principle Yang is symbolized by the penis. But Taoists rarely use such mundane anatomical words, preferring colorful poetic phrases instead:

  • The vagina = Jade Gate, Vermilion Gate, Jade Pavilion, Golden Lotus, Peony Blossom, Receptive Vase.
  • The penis = Jade Stem, Coral Stem, Male Stalk, Turtle Head, Red Bird, Dragon Pillar.

The Festival of the Steel Phallus

Posted in The Mystic East with tags , , , on April 25, 2014 by alvinavalon

Kanamara Matsuri Festival 2014The Festival of the Steel Phallus (Kanamara Matsuri in Japanese) is an annual event in Kawasaki, Japan. Held on the first Sunday in April, the festival originated in the 16th century when the town’s prostitutes would gather at a shrine to pray for financial prosperity and protection against sexually transmitted diseases. Nowadays the festival centres around a huge pink penis which is carried through the streets, together with numerous other phallic-shaped objects large and small.

For more photographs from this year’s event, see 17 Decidedly Phallic Images Of Japan’s Annual Penis Festival Kanamara Matsuri.

Circle Sex Ritual

Posted in The Mystic East with tags , , , , on March 10, 2014 by alvinavalon

Trenecito circle sex ritual

The Sanskrit term Chakra Puja refers to a sex ritual undertaken by a group of participants. The word Chakra literally means “wheel”, and the ritual takes the form of a circle in which sexual energy is transmitted from one participant to the next.

The picture above shows a group of men engaged in a circular sex ritual. This particular ritual is known as Trenecito.

Lajja Gauri

Posted in The Mystic East with tags , , , on January 19, 2013 by alvinavalon

The Goddess Lajja GauriThe image on the left is a 7th century sandstone sculpture of the Hindu Goddess Lajja Gauri. This is striking for its depiction of the Goddess as naked, with her legs spread, and with a prominently visible vulva (or yoni in Sanskrit). Lajja Gauri is one of the principle deities of Shaktism (Hindu Goddess Worship), and is also known by the names of Aditi or Devi. She can be compared with the Celtic Goddess Sheela-na-gig, who is also commonly depicted with legs spread and a prominent vulva.

Naked Enlightenment

Posted in The Mystic East, Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 6, 2012 by alvinavalon

Parshvanatha - "naked Buddha"The statue on the left is on display in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Many people will automatically interpret it as a “naked Buddha”… but in fact it is not intended to depict the Buddha and has no connection with the Buddhist religion. The figure shown is Parshvanatha, one of the Tirthankaras of the Jain religion. Jainism, like Buddhism, is a living religion, but it is much less well-known in the West. The two religions have many features in common, and Jain Tirthankaras are comparable to Buddhas in their state of spiritual enlightenment as well as their physical appearance. But Buddhas are always depicted wearing robes, whereas Parshvanatha is completely naked, like monks of the Digambara (“sky-clad”) sect today.

Unlike Hindu Gods such as Shiva, who – when depicted in unclothed form – are typically shown with large erections, Parshvanatha is notable for the diminutive size of his penis. Similar iconography is common in the depiction of Tirthankaras, as well as other Jain figures such as Bahubali.

Erotic Indian Temple Sculptures

Posted in The Mystic East with tags , , , , , on September 12, 2012 by alvinavalon

Erotic sculpture at the Lakshmana temple in KhajurahoThe photograph depicts one of the many explicitly sexual carvings that can be seen on the walls of the Lakshmana Temple at Khajuraho in central India. This is one of several Hindu temples at the Khajuraho complex, dating from about a thousand years ago, that are decorated with erotic sculptures of this type. They are often described as a “Kama Sutra in stone”, but this is an understatement. The Kama Sutra is predominantly concerned with monogamous, heterosexual intercourse performed by married couples in the  privacy of their own homes. The Khajuraho sculptures, on the other hand, depict orgiastic scenes of group sex such as the one seen here. Given their location on a temple, it is likely that they refer to religious rituals rather than purely sensual or hedonistic activities.

Homosexuality in the Mystic East

Posted in Sex and Mysticism, The Mystic East with tags , , , , , , on September 3, 2012 by alvinavalon

Old Indian print depicting homosexual kamasutra-style sexThe sacred sex rituals performed in places like India, Tibet, Thailand and Japan were as likely to be homosexual as heterosexual. In the enlightened, non-materialistic culture of these countries the issue of sexual orientation was seen as irrelevant when it came to the mystical applications of sex. Francis Xavier, a Christian missionary who visited Japan in the 16th century, was shocked to find Buddhist monks openly indulging in gay sex: “We frequently tell the monks that they should not commit such shameful sins, and everything that we tell them amuses them since they laugh about it and have no shame when they are reproached about so vile a sin. These monks have many young men in their monasteries, sons of nobility whom they teach how to read and write, and they commit their corruptions with them; and this sin is so common that they are not upset by it.”