Bhutan: Chimi Lhakhang Temple and countryside

Chino Lhakhang Temple was built in the 15th century in honour of Lama Drukpa Kunley – also known as Divine Madmad or Mad Saint. The legend says that this lama (priest) was able to subdue an evil female demoness in the nearby mountains with his “thunderbolt of wisdom”, in other words by having sex with her. Ever since, he went around preaching Bhuddism in an unorthodox way of having unbridled sex, singing, drinking, dancing, and humor. Most villages nearby have phallus symbols drawn on their houses as symbols of protection from evil spirit and for good luck (see next post 150). The temple is located in a hill surrounded by beautiful rice fields and mountains. The pilgrims who come here are supposedly struck in the head by a 10-inch silver penis.