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Kanamara Penis festival celebrates defeat of penis-biting demon03:33

Kanamara Penis festival celebrates defeat of penis-biting demon

Japan, Kawasaki
April 1, 2018 at 14:22 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands gathered to celebrate the annual Kanamara Festival at the Kanayama Shrine in Kawasaki on Sunday.Footage shows the giant portable phallic shrines as they are paraded through the streets, as festival attendees purchase and enjoy penis-shaped candies and other trinkets.Attendees celebrated the legend of a demon that hid inside the vagina of a young woman whom the demon had fallen in love with, and bit off the penises of two young men on their wedding nights. The woman was then said to have gained help from a blacksmith, who created an iron penis to wreck the demon's teeth.The festival, which began in 1977, originally drew sex workers who pray for protection against sexually-transmitted diseases. It is also said to offer divine protection for prosperity, marriage and harmony.Today the festival has become a tourist attraction, as well as being used to raise money for HIV research.

Kanamara Penis festival celebrates defeat of penis-biting demon03:33
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Thousands gathered to celebrate the annual Kanamara Festival at the Kanayama Shrine in Kawasaki on Sunday.Footage shows the giant portable phallic shrines as they are paraded through the streets, as festival attendees purchase and enjoy penis-shaped candies and other trinkets.Attendees celebrated the legend of a demon that hid inside the vagina of a young woman whom the demon had fallen in love with, and bit off the penises of two young men on their wedding nights. The woman was then said to have gained help from a blacksmith, who created an iron penis to wreck the demon's teeth.The festival, which began in 1977, originally drew sex workers who pray for protection against sexually-transmitted diseases. It is also said to offer divine protection for prosperity, marriage and harmony.Today the festival has become a tourist attraction, as well as being used to raise money for HIV research.

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