Giant Stone ‘Penis’ Discovered in Sweden, 21-Inch Replica of Male Genitalia  Linked to Sacrificial Fertility Rituals
21-inch stone penis discovered in Sweden (Photo Credits: The Noun Project and File Image)

Swedish scientists have found a huge penis-shaped stone structure that they believe may have been used for sacrificial fertility rituals. The 21-inch stone penis is said to have been associated with the bronze age. Discovered in during an excavation in Rollsbo near Gothenburg, the giant stone penis was later linked to a fertility cult. The scientists believe that phallic stones aren't an unusual thing to find during excavations, however, to find something so closely resembling a real penis is rare. The experts initially believed that it has something to do with a graveyard but since they found animal bones and stones along with the stone phallus, they dropped the theory. However, the evidence hints that animals may have been slaughtered there as part of a fertility ritual. The researchers believe it may have been a sacrificial site from the later part of the Bronze Age, between 1800 and 500 BC.

Talking about the unusual find, archaeologist Gisela Ängeby told a local paper: "It has a distinct phallus shape. I thought when I came across it that 'oh my god it can't be true.' I showed the picture to colleagues and there is no discussion, it has a very penis-like shape." She further said: "I believe that in connection with the erection, it was used to offer sacrifices, for example within the framework of a fertility cult," as per Daily Mail.

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