The Palad Khik (penis amulet) is a replica of an adult's penis, often made of wood. The Palad Khik, or "stacked penis", is a replica of an adult's penis and is often made of wood.
Before a Paladkik can be worshiped as a talisman, it must be consecrated by someone who understands the superstition behind the object or by a monk. Nowadays, most Paladkhiks come from the consecration of monks.
Many foreigners collect them as souvenirs from Thailand. This amulet has no erotic purpose.
A traditional belief claims that this practice spread to Thailand more than 2,000 years ago after the cult of this penis-shaped amulet became popular in India.
Many legends attempt to explain the origin of this cult.
The worship of the sun and the moon began with the creation of a stone pillar that combines the shape of the two celestial bodies. The lingam, while superficially resembling male genitalia, is a representation of Shiva or Shiva and Uma.
Thus, the Shiva Lingam was created to be smaller in order to be transportable.
Some legends say it was created by humans and gods together to worship Lord Shiva. However, creating a Shiva cult may seem too trivial. This is why the Shiva Lingam was created as an object of worship.
Another story says that an epidemic caused the death of many people.
It is believed that Uma, the consort of Lord Shiva, was responsible for this. Why the Brahmins made a penis-shaped sacrifice to Shiva is unknown. In response, this sacrifice eradicated the epidemic.
But the most compelling story is based on the worship of the Trimurti: Shiva (a Hindu god), Brahma (the creator) and Vishnu (the preserver).
The three deities once appeared to worshippers; Brahma appeared with four faces and four arms, while Vishnu appeared in divine form, but Shiva only made his male part visible.
After this appearance, amulets were created to represent these three deities as they appeared.
Thais place an amulet around their waist, believing it will save them from harm.
The amulet is said to protect people of all ages from disease. When children are weaned from breast milk, they become less resistant to diseases and are more susceptible to contracting them.
In the old days, when children got sick, Thai people thought that ghosts came to take them away. To ward off these malevolent spirits, parents hung penis-shaped amulets on their children's waists.
Phallic cults are common in many mythologies. They are usually associated with fertility (more children, more crops, more fruit, more cows, more horses, more sheep). They are also used to ward off troublesome spirits, scaring them away. In ancient Egypt, Min was a fertility god depicted with an erect phallus.
In ancient Greece, images of Hermes and Pan with an erect phallus were used as farm markers. Even today, if you visit Bhutan, you will find statues of penises being sold on the streets as lucky charms or bad luck charms.
The Palad khik or penis amulet is not a symbol of fertility. In fact, Shiva is called the "destroyer". Why did Hinduism choose to visualize this "destroyer" using a symbol traditionally used for fertility?
To label Shiva as a fertility god reveals an inability to grasp refined philosophies.
Traditionally, Hinduism has two paths: the outer path (pravritti) and the inner path (nivritti). The outer path belongs to the householder and his wife, who raise the children and take care of their own needs.
The inner path belongs to the hermit, who does not marry and does not care about raising children or supporting himself.
The master of the house pours his sperm into the uterus, both a symbol of his society and a literal part of his wife. He creates like this.
The hermit does not marry and, through the practice of celibacy and tapasya, does not lose his sperm. In fact, it "reverses the flow of sperm" according to tantric texts, symbolized by a hermit with an erect phallus but with closed eyes.
Shiva, the hermit, is described in the Shiva Purana as having his heart moved by inner wisdom and power.
This is how Shiva marries Sati and Parvati and meets Ganga - all presented in the image of the Shiva-linga with his yoni-patra.
However, some Khmer shamans create entirely handmade Palad Khik amulets that are made for one reason only, and quite simply, that is for opposite sex attraction and sex appeal.
Amulets come in all shapes and sizes.
Smaller versions are worn around the body, while larger ones are placed inside stores or other locations.
The Palad Khik is a lucky charm worn by some people in Cambodia.
The meaning of the presence of this lucky charm is unknown, but it could be related to the Sanskrit word plak, which can be translated as "under" or "beside", and would be a homophone of the word prasava.
In other words, if someone looks at it and laughs really hard, it will look more like a sneer.
Other people claim that the presence of animals amused the children who had to wear these protective amulets.