Tourists Flock to Penis Cemetery

Isolated border graveyard a growing destination in Iran
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Nov 15, 2010 4:00 AM CST
Stone penises similar to this one pepper the Khalid Nabi cemetery in Iran.   (?Stephane Tougard)

(Newser) – It's not exactly the naked and the dead, but an isolated cemetery is becoming a growing thrill for erotica-starved Iranians, who flock to the site to stare, agog, at giant moss-covered stone penises (and vaginas) posing as tombstones at the Khalid Nabi cemetery in northeast Iran. It's unclear why the graveyard on the Turkmenistan border became so genitalia-obsessed. A shrine at the site is believed to house the remains of prophet Khalid Nab, born in Yemen 40 years before Mohammed, reports the Global Post. The tomb is a pilgrimage destination where women tie ribbons on nearby trees seeking an end to their troubles.

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