International POW: 10-16 March

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A Japanese priestess in ceremonial robes performs a purification ritual in front of a large wooden phallus during the annual Honen Fertility Festival at Tagata Shinto Shrine in Komaki city, Aichi province, Japan. The wooden phallus, nearly 2.5 metres long and weighing 280kg, is carried by men, all aged 42, an extremely inauspicious year in a Japanese man’s life. By carrying the large phallus the men receive sacred protection. (Everett Kennedy Brown / AFP)