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Thailand’s Bizarre Shrine

On the east side of the Railay Bay is famous cave known for its wonderful stalactites and stalagmites. Since ancient times, Phra Nang (Princess) Cave or Phallus Cave in modern day has been where fishermen, before going out to sea, have made offerings to the symbolic Phallus of Shiva (known as the Siwaleung or Palad Khik in Thai). The fishermen, who say the cave is the home of a mythical sea princess, believe their offerings will bring them success in their fishing and protect them from danger, but what is more remarkable is that the cave contains a large collection of carved wooden phallic symbols, offerings and other objects believed to help with fertility.

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As much as it is very bizarre and uncomfortable for many girls, the cave and shrine is still filled with tourists who are quite open to religious art no matter what the type. The cave is also surrounded with few other alternatives such the Narakeering cave in Amphur Priphaya.

FUN FACT: Siwaleung or Palad Khik, or small wooden penis is considered a common and famous amulet in Thailand, locals believe that it brings the wearer good luck, and helps avoid accident and illnesses.

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As peculiar as Princess Cave may seem, this represents how Thailand is a very sexual and religious country at the same time, a rare combination as to how humanity embraces its inclinations and belief.

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