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1,000-year-old Hindu ʻShiva lingaʼ unearthed

NAKHON SRI THAMMARAT: An ancient Hindu phallic symbol believed to be more than 1,000 years old has been found at a local temple in Tha Sala district.


By Bangkok Post

Friday 15 April 2016, 11:08AM


A ‘shiva linga’ with flowers carved in relief on its base was discovered at Wat Nang Tra in Tha Sala district of Nakhon Si Thammarat on Wednesday by Nutjaree Rakrun

A ‘shiva linga’ with flowers carved in relief on its base was discovered at Wat Nang Tra in Tha Sala district of Nakhon Si Thammarat on Wednesday by Nutjaree Rakrun

Anat Bamrungwong, director of 14th Regional Office of the Fine Arts Department in Nakhon Sri Thammarat, said yesterday (Apr 14) the shiva linga or Hindu phallic symbol is believed to be about 1,300-1,400 years old.

Hinduism thrived in Surat Thani and Nakhon Sri Thammarat around the 10th-12th centuries, Mr Anat said.

He was speaking as he was inspecting the stone sculpture and other artefacts found at Wat Nang Tra in Tha Sala district.

The shiva linga has a base which is about 47cm wide and 1 metre long. Its base has flowers carved in relief, in the Tawaravadee style, Mr Anat said.

The sculpture was in good condition with beautiful flowers on it, he added.

“It is a treasure trove of the South,” he said.

Phra Kru Supakittayaporn, the abbot of Wat Nang Tra, said he hired a contractor to improve landscaping in the temple's compound in preparation for construction of a religious tower.

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In the process, workers used a backhoe to dig down about three metres and found the symbol, an ancient jar and 20 Buddha coins on Wednesday.

Phra Kru Supakittayaporn said he was alerted of the discoveries by a foreman overseeing the work.

The abbot said he had inspected the discoveries in the field and brought them to his quarters for safekeeping.

He contacted the 14th Regional Office of Fine Arts Department in the province to alert them of the discoveries and asked the department to examine the findings at the temple.

A group of believers reportedly flocked to the temple to observe and worship the ancient symbol.

The phallus has been regarded as a symbol of power and fertility by many cultures around the world, including Hindus who worship it.

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Joe12 | 25 April 2016 - 20:19:49

Christy...only one meaning for "Phallus" derived from Latin (Phallus) and Greek (phallos) meaning "penis." 

In a symbolic context and in this case a carving of great antiquity, indeed in Thailand, the phallus is considered to be a symbol of good luck and also a representative of fertility. I therefore fail to see how displaying it becomes a criminal act. Haven't heard of...

Christy Sweet | 16 April 2016 - 08:21:09

Phallus does not only mean penis, it represents the vagina too- the true giver of life, but displaying representations of such is a criminal act. Truly the origin of sexism.

slippery snake | 15 April 2016 - 12:01:44

Great that phallic symbols are recognized as fertility and even worshiped, after all they do keep the human race going..           I remember a few years ago in New Zealand the Maoris did a carving with a penis, OMG, what an uproar that created! haha 

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