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Palad Kik "The Money Bringer" Amulet
- Palad Kik "The Money Bringer" Amulet
- Measures approx. 2" x 2" x 5/8"
- Materials: Heavy weight hand cast brass
- Handcrafted in Thailand
- Palad Kik is a kind of Thai amulet that is shaped like a phallus. The phrase "Palad Kik" means "honorable surrogate phallus". 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 to bring luck, good fortune and prosperity into businesses.
- Palad Kik originated in India and relate to the Hindu God Shiva, who is sometimes represented by Shiva Linga. They were brought to Southeast Asia via the Cham people and remained in the region ever since. The Chinese concept called Yang is similar, where Shiva is represented abstractly in the form of Linga (male genitalia). Sometimes the Linga are accompanied by Yoni (female genitalia). Together, the Linga and Yoni symbolize unity and the powers of creation and destruction.
- The Palad Kik, as an abstract phallic representation of Shiva, is also an animistic symbol of fertility. It is not uncommon in Thailand to see phallic amulets hanging on a convenience store or a restaurant, or even being sold by old women on the street. Although outsiders may regard these as offensive, ordinary Thais are deeply superstitious and lucky charms and talismans are still regarded as important.
- Palad Kiks can be made from wood, metal, bone, horn or stone, and they are created by monks who specialize in the creation and lore and magic surrounding them. Engraving the sacred inscriptions is an important ritual and can take many days to complete. Cast metal Palad Kiks do not always have these inscriptions, but they may be cast in the form of animal symbols.
- Palad Kik amulets must be empowered by the repetition of incantations, which Thais call 'Kata Bucha', derived from the Devanagari 'Ghata Poojah'. The incantations depend on the creator's lineage in each school of Traditional Non-Buddhist Animist Magic.
- Palad Kiks are usually worn by males on a cord around their waist under the clothes and off-center from the physical genitalia. It is not unusual for a male to wear many Palad Kiks at the same time, in the hope to attract women, increase gambling luck and protection from dangerous objects such as bullets and knives. At times, some women in Thailand also carry it in their purses to protect them from assault 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.