Welcome to Giggeli's exploration of phallic symbols from around the world! As creators of playful and beautiful penis candles and soaps, we are fascinated by the different ways cultures have embraced and celebrated the phallus throughout history. In this blog post, we'll take you on a journey across the globe to discover the top 40 unique phallic symbols and their cultural significance. So, let's dive in and uncover the hidden treasures of phallic art and architecture, while opening our minds to the beauty and diversity of human expression.
Top 40 unique phallic symbols around the world
1. The Cerne Abbas Giant – A chalk figure carved into a hillside in Dorset, England, featuring a prominent phallus.
2. Japanese Kanamara Matsuri – An annual festival in Kawasaki, Japan, celebrating fertility and featuring numerous phallic-shaped decorations and food items.
3.Washington Monument – This iconic obelisk in Washington D.C., USA, is often viewed as a phallic symbol representing power and strength.
4. Lingam – A Hindu symbol representing the god Shiva, often found in temples across India.
5. Priapus – A Greek god often depicted with an oversized, erect penis, symbolizing fertility and sexual potency.
6. Ancient Roman Fascinus – A winged phallus worn as a protective charm by ancient Romans.
7. Peruvian Moche Pottery – This ancient civilization crafted pottery with phallic forms, depicting sexual acts and fertility rituals.
8. The Obelisk of Luxor – An ancient Egyptian monument now residing in Paris, France, originally symbolizing the sun god Ra's erect penis.
9. Irish Sheela na Gig – Carvings of female figures displaying exaggerated genitalia, found on churches and castles in Ireland and the UK.
10. Marduk's Scepter – A phallic-shaped scepter associated with the Babylonian god Marduk.
11. Icelandic Phallological Museum – A museum in Reykjavik, Iceland, housing over 200 penises from various species, including a human specimen.
12. Korean Haesindang Park – A coastal park in South Korea featuring various phallic sculptures to honor a local fertility legend.
13. Aboriginal Australian Wanjina – Ancient rock art depicting ancestral beings with phallic features.
14. Thai Phra Nang Cave – A cave in Krabi, Thailand, filled with phallic offerings to the goddess Phra Nang.
15. The Grand Tetons – A mountain range in Wyoming, USA, named by French explorers for their resemblance to breasts, but with their towering peaks, they also have a phallic symbolism.
16. Osiris' Golden Phallus – In ancient Egyptian mythology, the god Osiris was given a golden phallus after his original penis was lost.
17. The Shabono – A circular communal dwelling used by the Yanomami people of Venezuela and Brazil, often interpreted as a phallic symbol.
18. Indonesian Phallocrypts – Traditional penis sheaths worn by indigenous men in Papua, Indonesia.
19. Mayan Temple of the Foliated Cross – A temple in Palenque, Mexico, featuring phallic carvings.
20. Khajuraho Temples – A group of temples in India famous for their erotic sculptures, including several phallic images.
21. Cucuteni-Trypillian Figurines – Ancient clay figurines from present-day Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine, depicting phallic shapes.
22. The Tower of Hercules – An ancient Roman lighthouse in Spain, believed to have phallic symbolism.
23. New Zealand's Maori Tiki – Carved wooden figures featuring phallic shapes, symbolizing fertility and protection.
24. The Egyptian Osiris Pillar – A pillar with phallic symbolism, found in the Temple of Karnak, Egypt.
25. Brazilian Xikrin Phallic Baskets – Baskets crafted by the Xikrin people, featuring phallic designs and used for various rituals.
26. Yoruba Opa Orere – Ritual staffs from Nigeria featuring phallic carvings, symbolizing power and authority.
27. Nepalese Linga Stones – Stones with phallic carvings, often placed in temples or sacred spaces in Nepal.
28. Guatemalan Maximon – A deity often depicted with a prominent phallus, representing fertility and virility.
29. The Leaning Tower of Pisa – This iconic Italian structure, with its unintentional tilt, has also been interpreted as a phallic symbol.
30. Papua New Guinean Tatanua Masks – Traditional masks featuring elongated, phallic-shaped noses, used in ceremonial dances.
31. Inuit Inuksuit – Stone structures built by the Inuit people of the Arctic, some resembling phallic forms.
32. The Great Sphinx of Giza – This ancient Egyptian statue has a tail resembling a flaccid penis, a symbol of the god Atum's creative powers.
33. Congolese Nail Fetishes – Wooden sculptures adorned with nails, often featuring phallic elements, used for spiritual protection.
34. Zimbabwean Dhlo Dhlo Ruins – The remnants of an ancient city, featuring phallic-shaped stone monoliths.
35. Swedish Ale Stenar – A megalithic monument in Sweden resembling a ship, with phallic stones at either end.
36. Haida Totem Poles – Carved wooden poles from the Haida people of the Pacific Northwest, featuring phallic elements.
37. Brazilian Muiraquitã – A phallic-shaped talisman made of green stone, believed to bring good luck and fertility.
38. Ancient Greek Herm – A square stone pillar topped with a sculpted head and a prominent phallus, used as a boundary marker.
39. The Sistine Chapel's Jonah – Michelangelo's depiction of the prophet Jonah on the Sistine Chapel ceiling has been interpreted as having phallic symbolism.
40. Navajo Yei Figures – Sand paintings and weavings from the Navajo people, featuring figures with phallic forms.
We hope you enjoyed our journey through the world of unique phallic symbols!
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The Giggeli Project creates penis shaped design objects to break taboos and provoke discussion on genitalia. The idea behind the project is to create products that playfully highlight everyday issues and make us think differently about them.