Kharkarin Rock near the Erdene Zuu Monastery in Mongolia. Archaeologists believe that large phallus-shaped sculptures like this played an important role in ancient rituals, while smaller pieces may have been used as dildos. Credit: Handout

‘Sex toys’ or religious relics? Wooden phalluses found at lost burial site in Xinjiang desert point to quirks of ancient Chinese society

Team finds evidence at Xiaohe Tomb complex that ‘blood worship’ may also have been a signature of this ancient socio-religious culture in Northwest China

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Kharkarin Rock near the Erdene Zuu Monastery in Mongolia. Archaeologists believe that large phallus-shaped sculptures like this played an important role in ancient rituals, while smaller pieces may have been used as dildos. Credit: Handout
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