Palad Khik, Luang Phor Yi of Wat Sattaheep
antique Ivory PALAD KHIK
created by Luang Phor Yi
Palad Khik is an auspicious talisman with the shape of a male organ (Penis). They are often mistaken as an obscene object. However, in Thailand, they are considered as a lucky charm that is widely used to enhance human relationship, business relationship, and protection against evil forces or bad energy.
The origin of the Palad Khik is related to Lord Shiva that manifests himself in the form of Linga, the male genital and sometimes together with Yoni, the female genital. It symbolizes the power of creation, strength of unity and the source of destruction, similar to the Chinese Yang element.
It is also widely believe by the Thais that Palad Khik possesses the power to make the wearer charming, especially to the opposite sex. In addition, they are worn below the waist level, different from other votive tablets which you have to put them in high places or hang them at your chest level. And more interesting, they are allowed to be worn into low or sordid places such as the brothel or gambling den.
The Palad Khik amulet is said to have been imported to Thailand by Cambodian monks in the 8th century AD. Early styles of Palad Khik bear inscribed invocations, entreaties, and praises to Siva;later ones combine these with interlineated invocations and praises to Buddha; modern ones bear uniformly Buddhist inscriptions, invariably written in an old form of script that cannot be read by contemporary Thais.
Palad Khik amulets carved from wood, bone, or horn are made by monks who specialize in their manufacture, and the efficacy of a given amulet is dependant on the charisma and reputation of its creator. The lettering of the inscriptions is a matter of serious ritual and can take several days to complete. Cast metal Palad Khiks do not always bear inscriptions, but they may carry the additional symbolism embodied in an animal holding the penis.