Kanamara Matsuri

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  1. D_fitnesswitness

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    I found out about this festival years ago when I was a kid, and always wanted to go to it, lol. I dont know if anyone here had heard about it, but I figured it would be an appropriate place to talk about it.:biggrin1:

    More or Less the Kanamara Matsuri is a Japanese festival held in Komaki, every year. It commemorates a few things, the main point being fertility;though one of which being the defeat of a genital harming demon. (More in quotes)

    "Kanamara festival was originally held to celebrate the vanquishing of a
    sharp-fanged female demon who would bite off men's genitals. The shrine had been built to honor the gods of iron, and swords were once made there, so a resourceful monk thwarted the dangerous demoness' antics by making a huge penis out of iron, which shattered her teeth."

    Among the more historical points there is also an awareness of HIV and other STD's at the festivities,due to the fact that the festival was used for prayer from prostitutes who may have contracted STD's in the Edo time period.

    This happened about a month ago, though, I thought it was just kinda of an interesting a cool festival, and thought I'd share!

    Enjoy.

    http://www.hot-screensaver.com/wp-myimages/penis-festival.jpg

    http://www.hot-screensaver.com/wp-myimages/wooden-penis.jpg

    http://www.hot-screensaver.com/wp-myimages/cute-decorations.jpg

    http://www.hot-screensaver.com/wp-myimages/marching.jpg

    YouTube - The Kanamara Matsuri 2007
     
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    Heh. Isnt that awesome?
     
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    LoL...those crazy Japanese! I think that would be a fun venture, though.
     
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    Hell yeah it would! I dont think its odd or crazy at all, as most do...Its just that our society is less open about these things....I like that people in other parts of the world can enjoy a festival like this....and its not an X-rated adult venture. (Those are nice, too....but not neccessary for everything. lol)
     
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