Palad khik

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Palad Khik (Thai: ปลัดขิก, pronounced [pàˈlàt ˈkʰìk]) is a kind of Thai amulet that is shaped like a penis. The phrase "palad khik" means "honorable surrogate penis". These amulets range from a few inches to several feet long in length. The smaller versions are usually worn on the body while the larger versions are displayed in shops and other establishments.[1]


Palad Khik originated from India from the Hindu god Shiva which is mostly represented by Shiva Linga. It was then brought to Thailand from Cambodia by the Khmer people hundreds of years ago. The Chinese concept called Yang is like this in Thailand where Lord Shiva represented himself abstractly in the form of Linga (male genitalia). Sometimes, it is accompanied by Yoni (female genitalia). Together, linga and yoni symbolizes unity and the powers of creation and destruction.[2]

The Palad Khik, being a phallic form of Shiva is also an animistic symbol of fertility. In Thailand, it is not uncommon to see a penis amulet hanging on a convenience store a restaurant or even being sold by an old woman on the streets. Although outsiders may see these as offensive, but the local Thai people are deeply superstitious and things such as lucky charms and talismans are important to them. [3] Palad khiks can be made from wood, metal, bone, horn or ivory and they are made by monks who specialize in making them. The engraving of the sacred inscriptions is a very important ritual and can take many days to complete. Cast metal palad khiks do not always have inscriptions but they could have animal symbolisms.[4]

The Thai palad khik penis amulets must be empowered through use of repetition of incantations, or as Thai people call them 'Kata Bucha', which is indeed derived from the Devanagari 'ghata poojah'. Hello various incantations which I use depending on the master lineage, of each particular school of sorcery. [5]

Variations of use and purpose[edit]

Palad Khiks are usually worn by males on a cord around their waist under the clothes and off-center from the real penis. It is not unusual for a male to wear many palad khiks at the same time, in the hope to attract women, increase gambling luck and protection from dangerous objects such as bullets and knives.[6] At times, women in Thailand also carry it in their purses to protect them from rape and mugging. Shop owners display them in their shops or in the cash register area to protect their business and also bring good luck and sales.[7] A notable feature of this type of amulet is it can be worn in places considered as lowly or unclean such as bars, gambling casinos and brothels. Normally, you cannot bring a Buddhist amulet inside such establishments.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Guelden, Marlane (2007). Thailand: Spirits Among Us. Marshall Cavendish Editions. ISBN 9812610758. 
  2. ^ "Palad Khik: The Thai Penis Amulet". Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  3. ^ "Thai Phallic Symbol: Thailand's Divine Member". Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  4. ^ "Penis Amulets from Thailand". Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  5. ^ "Kata Bucha Palad Khik". Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  6. ^ "Penis Amulets from Thailand". Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  7. ^ "Thai Phallic Symbol: Thailand's Divine Member". Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  8. ^ "Palad Khik: The Thai Penis Amulet". Retrieved 2014-03-13. 


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