My Linga Yoni Sandstone From Cambodia

Posted by : foongpc | Thursday, August 12, 2010 | Published in

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This is one of the more interesting things I bought during my trip to Cambodia.

Can you guess what it is?



Don't know? How about if I take the view from the top?



Clearer now? Or still don't know? OK, let me give you an even clearer picture.



Now you got it? Yes, it's the linga-yoni symbol which I found in many places in Cambodia, even in the ruins of Angkor Thom.



The linga is shaped like the male sexual organ while the yoni is the female genitalia. However, before you start thinking dirty thoughts, this object is actually considered sacred by the Hindus.

I shall not attempt to explain more as I am still new to this and I think the more I talk about it, the more wrong things I will end up saying. And the more corrupted your mind might become, if it is not already. Haha! So google it for more information or if you like, read more about linga HERE and yoni HERE.



The above photo showed linga separated from yoni.

I bought this linga-yoni sandstone (measuring about 3.5" in length and width and 5.5" in height) from the famous Artisans d'Angkor shop in Cambodia. Priced at USD29, you now know why I cannot give this away as souvenir or even as a prize in my blog's recent contest. I am not that rich OK?

It's currently displayed in my home together with other fine things.

I knew I was in trouble the other day when my mom asked me what exactly is this object. I just blurted out, "Oh, it's some kind of artistic sculpture from Cambodia."

Which is kind of true, don't you think? : )

FIRST COMMENTER

(64) Comments

  1. Caroline Ng May Ling said...

    halo!

    August 12, 2010 at 2:47 PM
  2. Caroline Ng May Ling said...

    err is dat look like male's organ?? *blurr*

    August 12, 2010 at 2:50 PM
  3. Caroline Ng May Ling said...

    okie whatever it is, will google it later. I m d FC! N it looks unique! wei u only bought that from Cambodia meh?? other stuffs leh?? *wink*

    August 12, 2010 at 2:52 PM
  4. vialentino said...

    shucks....caroline the FC...hahaha...beat me pulak

    by the way, how much u bought the sandstone water feature...looks nice ler

    August 12, 2010 at 3:24 PM
  5. mNhL said...

    Haha....corrupted. Lucky u asked us to google ourself for more info. hehe

    August 12, 2010 at 3:31 PM
  6. mNhL said...

    At first, I thought it is for making rice. Those olden days where people grounded their rice for rice water or whatever.

    August 12, 2010 at 3:32 PM
  7. mNhL said...

    Btw, what is the usage? For deco only? Or for some health purposes?

    August 12, 2010 at 3:33 PM
  8. mNhL said...

    I believe it is heavy. U got the shop to pack up nicely in a box? Lucky still in good shape. hehe

    August 12, 2010 at 3:34 PM
  9. khengsiong said...

    Interesting. I 'liked' it already...

    August 12, 2010 at 3:58 PM
  10. Isley Chang~ said...

    Heavyweight Decocration

    August 12, 2010 at 4:38 PM
  11. Bengbeng said...

    it looks like it could have added some to yr luggage allowance. looks nice though as a conversation piece in the home

    August 12, 2010 at 5:12 PM
  12. lina said...

    how much you pay for checking the stone during your flight back?

    August 12, 2010 at 5:12 PM
  13. lina said...

    USD29... cheap right?

    August 12, 2010 at 5:13 PM
  14. Tekkaus said...

    Let me guess! Let me guess! It is a tombstone. :p

    August 12, 2010 at 9:22 PM
  15. Tekkaus said...

    From the top it looks like a soya bean masher. ;p

    August 12, 2010 at 9:22 PM
  16. Tekkaus said...

    No. I don't get it. So it is the linga-what-yoni? What's that? Is it very holy?

    August 12, 2010 at 9:23 PM
  17. Tekkaus said...

    Really? They are shaped to look like our human reproductive organs? :p

    August 12, 2010 at 9:23 PM
  18. Tekkaus said...

    Or...the Buddha consider it to be sacred? Why? I thing it is because of these 2 "stuffs" that we were born? :p

    August 12, 2010 at 9:24 PM
  19. Tekkaus said...

    Hey...you shouldn't have separated Linga and Yoni. :p

    August 12, 2010 at 9:26 PM
  20. Tekkaus said...

    Hahaha :D But if you ask me...I thing I will tell your mama it is used to grind soya. :p

    August 12, 2010 at 9:27 PM
  21. Eric Lee said...

    EHHH NICE SCULPTURE!!! SOOOOO GONNA GET ONE IF I'M THERE!! LMAO

    August 12, 2010 at 10:01 PM
  22. reanaclaire said...

    aiyah..have to google about it ah.. lazy la.. can tell in layman's terms? :p

    August 12, 2010 at 10:13 PM
  23. ChrisAu said...

    looks very unique. don't think can find in other places.

    August 12, 2010 at 10:58 PM
  24. wenn said...

    it's so unique!

    August 13, 2010 at 12:03 AM
  25. foongpc said...

    caroline, yes linga is a male organ. I bought a few more stuffs from Cambodia but this one I like best! : )

    August 13, 2010 at 12:48 AM
  26. foongpc said...

    vialentino, what water feature? This is just sandstone - no water feature. Haha! Bought it for USD29 : )

    August 13, 2010 at 12:49 AM
  27. foongpc said...

    mNhL, making rice? I think I know what you are talking about! Haha!

    What is the usage? Deco only lah, no health benefits! LOL!

    The shop packed it nicely for me so it reached KL in good shape : )

    August 13, 2010 at 12:50 AM
  28. foongpc said...

    khengsiong, thanks for "liking" it : )

    August 13, 2010 at 12:51 AM
  29. foongpc said...

    isley chang, heavyweight? Haha, not really : )

    August 13, 2010 at 12:52 AM
  30. foongpc said...

    bengbeng, yes it'll make a nice conversational piece in my home, but no it did not take up too much luggage allowance : )

    August 13, 2010 at 12:53 AM
  31. foongpc said...

    lina, it's not that heavy so my luggage did not exceed the weight allowance. US29 is cheap?! Maybe for you lah since you go Japan every year! Haha!

    August 13, 2010 at 12:54 AM
  32. foongpc said...

    tekkaus, tombstone? soyabean masher? Hahaha!!

    You don't get it? Never mind, just go google it if you are interested. haha!

    It's more of a Hindu thing than a Buddha thing btw : )

    August 13, 2010 at 12:57 AM
  33. foongpc said...

    eric lee, yes you must get one if you ever go Cambodia! : )

    August 13, 2010 at 12:57 AM
  34. foongpc said...

    reanaclaire, to make it easier for you and me, just google it or read from the links in my post : )

    August 13, 2010 at 12:58 AM
  35. foongpc said...

    chrisau, I'm not sure, maybe you can find it in Vietnam or Bali where Hinduism is being practised : )

    August 13, 2010 at 12:59 AM
  36. foongpc said...

    wenn, yes unique indeed! : )

    August 13, 2010 at 1:00 AM
  37. Monica said...

    errr what is this for? :D

    August 13, 2010 at 1:55 AM
  38. Monica said...

    lol ok will google it for more info!

    August 13, 2010 at 1:57 AM
  39. Bill said...

    Hmmmmm Male , Female i think i will google so i can get the "BIG" picture LOL.

    August 13, 2010 at 2:57 AM
  40. foongpc said...

    monica, haha! It's for decor only, no other health or whatever benefits! LOL!

    August 13, 2010 at 3:39 AM
  41. foongpc said...

    bill, thanks for dropping by! Yes go google it! : )

    August 13, 2010 at 3:39 AM
  42. Mariuca said...

    LOL no wonder la u need angpow in pounds or USD hahahah, spent 29 bucks on dis! :D

    August 13, 2010 at 3:56 AM
  43. Mariuca said...

    Dekorasi or what this one? I too wondering what is used for??

    August 13, 2010 at 3:57 AM
  44. foongpc said...

    mariuca, haha! Hope Bill can give me the Xmas angpow! LOL!! Then can buy another linga-yoni! Haha!!

    Yeah, just for decoration - no other purpose! LOL!

    August 13, 2010 at 4:02 AM
  45. Life Ramblings said...

    very interesting sandstone and it's truly one of a kind. :)

    August 13, 2010 at 7:24 AM
  46. lina said...

    @foong,
    hahaha... I'm used to converting souvenirs to three times the price, so maybe that's why. LOL

    August 13, 2010 at 8:43 AM
  47. Ayie said...

    mommy doesn't read your blog huh?

    you can easily get away with it since it's a good looking and somehow monumental type sculpture

    August 13, 2010 at 2:18 PM
  48. Ayie said...

    yeah lina, USD29 isn't that cheap! hahaha! you can get many stuffs with that price already =P

    August 13, 2010 at 2:19 PM
  49. Kelvin said...

    I thought grind soya bean one O.o

    August 13, 2010 at 2:25 PM
  50. Caroline Ng May Ling said...

    vialentino , mwahahaah!! try again next time! :P

    August 13, 2010 at 2:37 PM
  51. jam said...

    Oh no, Foong. You hide something, haha

    August 13, 2010 at 4:53 PM
  52. jam said...

    The Linga and Yoni are supposed to increase one's fertility!

    August 13, 2010 at 4:53 PM
  53. iamthewitch said...

    LOL! Definitely very artistic indeed! :P but no, my mind didn't think of those organs until you mentioned it! :P

    August 13, 2010 at 5:04 PM
  54. vialentino said...

    oic ok....thought it is like a water fountain...hahaha...not heavy when u bring back to msia?

    August 13, 2010 at 5:52 PM
  55. HappySurfer said...

    Gosh! And I thought this looks more like a water feature or a grinding stone set or something similar.

    I need to recalibrate my senses for I don't see any resemblance of any male nor female 'sensitive' parts. Oh well..

    August 13, 2010 at 6:33 PM
  56. Lawstude said...

    not really familiar with sandstone but its a good travel memento :)

    August 13, 2010 at 7:20 PM
  57. Che-Cheh said...

    I only bought a tee at Artisan. The stuff there are so expensive but the craftsmanship is really beautiful.

    August 13, 2010 at 9:29 PM
  58. Ultimate Privacy said...

    Wow, what a great idea. Well done.

    Lou
    www.anonymous.shop.tc

    August 14, 2010 at 10:49 PM
  59. River of Karma said...

    Hello there,
    Popped over to your blog from petaling street.

    I would like to inform you that what you have is a very sacred statue in Hinduism, Shiva Lingam which means symbol of Shiva. (link at the bottom)

    However, while one of the many representations of the lingam is the union of the male and female, that item has unfortunately thrown it into a very unpleasant light. From the strictly religion pov that is. I wonder why the makers made it as such. Its unfortunate, but it is what it is. If you see from the image link, the lingam is well defined without the need for artisan reinterpretation.

    While I hope you enjoy it thoroughly, and you should, please dont let this be a re-imagining of the proper lingam.

    http://www.clubmobile.org/trips/Images/valley/patan/004Shiva_lingam.JPG

    Cheers
    River of Karma

    August 14, 2010 at 11:55 PM
  60. Bananazஇ said...

    Think the same like HappySurfer about grinding stone, thought you wanna put water and turn it into a fountain thingy haha..

    Why so short post you skip to Guilin??

    August 14, 2010 at 11:56 PM
  61. lechua said...

    great choice of souvenir from cambodia...!!

    August 16, 2010 at 4:56 PM
  62. Merryn said...

    alah, u shud try explaining to ur mom about yoni n linga lah... see her expression n then tell US :D

    n u oso so bad, just as i was getting excited reading, u cut short n gave a link from google pulaks! potong stim :P

    August 16, 2010 at 11:56 PM
  63. [SK] said...

    haha, given me i really will NOT buy this piece of art lor.. and somemore cost US$29!!

    August 21, 2010 at 12:41 PM
  64. [SK] said...

    but Ghosty Nana is so interested in this, you should have bought a mini version for her mah~~

    August 21, 2010 at 12:41 PM