06/11/2010 05:45 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Thai Penis Rockets Are Local Fertility Ritual In Yasothon Province

For more than a millennium, farmers in this region's baking flatlands have staged fertility rites to welcome May's seasonal rains. But sometime after the introduction of gunpowder, people living in modern-day Thailand (and Laos) gained the ability to fire symbolic phalluses -- rockets -- into the clouds. According to superstition, an astral conception of sorts takes place in the sky, unleashing showers that loosen parched soil so that crop planting can commence.

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