Annual Penis Festival in Greece

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  1. Pirate Wench

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    I thought Japan was the only place they had these !.....

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    The Annual Phallus Festival in Greece

    Each year on the first Monday of Lent, the people of the tiny Greek town of Tyrnavos go crazy about penises, singing lewd songs and urging passersby to kiss their model phallusses. The pagan fertility festival is one of the most famous parties in Greece.


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    A resident of the town of Tyrnavos in central Greece participates weilds a model phallus at the town's famous pagan phallus carnival.


    If you want to eat phallus-shaped bread, drink through phallus-shaped straws from phallus-shaped cups, kiss ceramic phalluses, sit on a phallus-shaped throne and sing dirty Greek songs about the phallus, then you should visit the little Greek town of Tyrnavos each year on "Clean Monday."
    The one-day pagan fertility festival in this town of 15,000 people near the central Greek city of Larissa marks the beginning of Lent, the fasting period before Easter, and is one of the most famous carnivals in Greece.
    Come prepared. Passersby tend to be grabbed and rocked over a pot of boiling "bourani" spinach soup while a ceramic penis is placed between their legs. They must kiss the phallus, then drink tsipouro -- a strong local spirit -- from its tip, and then stir the soup before they're let go.
    Phallus-kissers are rewarded with ash-streaks on their face, which presumably absolves them from having to go through the procedure again, unless of course they would like to.

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    The festival is in honor of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, madness and ecstasy. While the men, women and children of Tyrnavos celebrate the penis, the rest of Greece marks the beginning of the pre-Easter fast more modestly by flying kites and eating octopus, olives and unleavened bread.
    If you want to come prepared, find some ceramic phalluses and dangle them from your waist. But make sure you come on the right day because this town is perfectly normal the other 364 days of the year.
    The raunchy, lewd songs that echo round its streets on "Clean Monday" aren't sung at any other time either.
    Phallic worship was popular in ancient Rome, Egypt, India and Japan.
    Until the 1940s, the penis party was reserved for the town's men folk. Over the years women gradually joined it and even children enjoy it these days, along with many tourists. But the local church isn't especially keen on it.

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  2. Pirate Wench

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    I guess I'm not the only one who doesn't check out the "etc etc" drawer very often.

    I thought this would get one or two comments.
     
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    A phallus-shaped throne? Someone tried to sell me one of those once. It's called "the Terminator" but it looks more like a 1:1 model of Darth Vader's helmet. She said people actually sit on it. Fuck that.
     
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    I check on it regularly. I suppose for me, I couldn't think of anything much to say. The festival would have been more enjoyable and worthwhile to me if they would have deigned to use live meat. I mean, a piece of bread? Not exactly going to get me that excited.



    (and why isn't the local church happy about it, or for that matter, involved in it? I can see it now, Reverand Kartalopoulos dashing through town, with several ceramic cocks hanging from his waist and munching on penis bread)
     
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    You have no idea how I would fly to Greece right now just to see that.
     
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