Just as a heads up, there’s photos of a rather large pottery penis in this article - so if you’d rather not see, please click away.
A statue of a figure with a huge erect penis has been damaged just days after it was unveiled in Peru. You can check it out in all its glory here:
The 10ft indigenous statue, known as a ‘huaco’, was erected in the Moche in western Peru to mark the New Year.
The statue caused quite a stir and visitors flocked to the area to see it, while others stood and posed for selfies alongside it.
However, it was only on display for a matter of days before it got badly damaged, with images showing the statue’s penis had taken a bit of a battering.
Moche District mayor Cesar Arturo Fernandez said three hooded people armed with knives turned up at the statue and threatened to kill a security guard who was working there.
They then smashed a huge hole into the side of the statue’s bright red phallus.
The statue was donated by a local plastics artist who wanted to contribute something cultural to the area.
Mayor Fernandez said: “A plastics artist asked for permission to install it there. We have always promoted two types of huaco: huaco busts and erotic ones.
“In our culture, it does not represent eroticism but faith to God. In addition, sexuality must be seen as something normal and natural.”
I’m not entirely sure what his beaten up willy represents, but I can’t help but feel it’s not a good thing.
Speaking at its unveiling, Mayor Fernadez said: “It represents abundance… fertility… and above all because in these times we need abundance in every sense, in health, the economy, peace and love.
“This is why we’ve been inspired to have this (statue) as it is.”
He went on to say it had already been a hit with tourists, adding that ‘families are coming, they laugh, you get a smile from the family group, the individual, the girlfriend, in this crisis that has brought us so much sadness’.
The Moche civilisation lived in northern Peru and had its capital near present-day Moche between 100 and 700 AD.
‘Hucao’ is a Peruvian word for the sorts of earthenware pottery that is made by indigenous people of the Americas and is often found at burial sites or places of worship.
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