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2016 Kanamara Penis Festival (24 images)

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Although the modern Kanamara Penis Festival only started in 1977 if celebrates a much older legend about a penis eating demon that hid inside a young woman's vagina. The woman had a steel phallus made atKana yama Shrine in Kawasaki Daishi and tricked the demon into biting down on it, breaking all its teeth and freeing her of it. Kanayama Shrine was a well known shrine for sword making and metal work and a foundry still exists there which is lit with sacred fire on the day of the festival. It...
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