Get to know Bhutan, a country that dedicates itself to eccentric spiritual teachings. Explicitly, their history glorifies male genitals. Each country has its uniqueness in developing culture. Studying its history will make us richer in understanding and tolerance for differences.
About of Chimi Lhakhang, Bhutan
Bhutan is a high country in South Asia. Still in the Himalayas, Bhutan is often called a state above the clouds. Because of its territory, Bhutan is a remote area. The name Bhutan means The Land of Dragon Thunder. The majority of Bhutanese religions are Buddhists, some of the Hindus.
This is why the aforementioned country is rich in monasteries. The oldest is Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery dedicated to a priest named Lama Incense Kinley. Kinley used to live near this monastery. Lama Incense Kinley is a propagator of religion originating from the Ralung Monastery in Tibet. According to historical records, Kinley came to Bhutan from 1455-1529.
Kinley is considered controversial because of the quirky way of learning that could even be said to be out of bounds. The nickname Kinley is Crazy or Nyonpa in the original language. This nickname does not just appear. Kinley teaches about Buddhism but is a hobby of playing girls and drinking. As the Bhutanese say, the way to show is not old-fashioned.
Kinley teaches that an erect male genital can drive away evil spirits who come to the house. Nyonpa dares to say specifically that he can drive away evil spirits with his genitals. This controversial teaching carries the name of Bhutan to other countries. Not only the Bhutanese themselves, but foreign tourists also come to their homes.
The people of Bhutan accept this belief. They draw penis murals at home as a way to repel evil spirits. The most legendary story from Kinley is his ability to turn an evil spirit into a guard with only his penis. An evil spirit will be ‘attacked’ by hitting the erect end of the penis.
Nickname crazy began to fade, Kinley got a new designation as the god of fertility. Finally, Chimi Lhakhang built-in 1499. Women who come here usually pray to have children. There are several wooden penis relics guarded by this monastery. This relic was brought by Kinley from Tibet about 500 years ago. The relic is part of the ritual of blessing a woman’s fertility.
Women will pray to the temple with monks. The monk will lightly strike the relic on the head of the praying woman. This ritual is believed to bring fertility. Outside the monastery, there were almost a hundred prayer flags upheld. Most of these flags are white. Bhutanese people believe that when the wind blows between these flags, it will bless everyone and the object that passed.
Already entering the modern era, some groups of people began to be ashamed of the penis murals in their homes. They no longer use this mural as an evil spirit repellent. Penis murals began abandoned. Only in a few areas still retain the trust of Kinley. According to one study, beliefs about the penis existed before Buddhism entered. Society now regards it more as a culture that was handed down.
How to Get Chimi Lhakhang, Bhutan
Chimi Lhakhang Temple is located on the outskirts of the main city of Punakha. You can visit before entering the city or leaving the city on the way to the Dochula Pass. The only way to get to Punakha is by road – either from Paro or Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.