PENIS AMULETS FROM THAILAND
The palad khik amulet is said to have originated in the Siva linga of India and 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.
Although palad khik amulets are not designed specifically to use in love spells, among American eclectic pagans, witches, and magicians, they are often employed that way at the present time.
This penis amulet is 1 1/2" long and cast in bronze. (It is also available in sterling silver.) It is the primordial "penis animal," sculpted in the form of an erect penis with the crouching rear quarters of a lion, its tail arched over its back to form a loop for hanging. It is decorated with Buddhist motifs and ancient Thai lettering.
The crouching animal design of this "lion-haunched" penis-animal is reminiscent of penis amulets of the late Roman era, but there is a distinctly Asian character to the ornamentation and lettering.
This penis amulet is 1 1/2 inches long and cast in sterling silver. (It is also available in bronze.) This amulet depicts Hanuman, the Monkey God of the Hindus, crouched upon an erect penis, his tail arched over his back to form a hanging loop. When you turn the amulet over, you can see that Hanuman has his own small erect penis on the underside of the charm.
This is one of the CUTEST amulets i have ever seen in my entire life. I was so taken with it that i was moved to KISS IT THREE TIMES -- right before the eyes of the rather amused old gay man who sold it to me. This amulet is cute the way girls say the word cute: it is Kee-yooooooooot. It is, in fact, adorable.
This penis amulet is 2" long and cast in brass. It is in the form of a tiger treading the shaft of a penis. Like the monkey on the Hanuman charm, the tiger is equipped with his own small penis and testicles on the underside of the amulet. Strangely, the tiger's penis is human, not feline, and it proportionately quite large.
This penis amulet is 3/4" long and cast in pewter. The penis, which bears no inscriptions, emerges from coiled snail shell, creating a subtle visual pun on the appearance of a snail. A friend who saw this amulet asked, "What's it for? To prevent premature ejaculation?" Frankly, i have no idea.
This penis amulet is 2" long and cast in bronze. It depicts a crocodile surmounting a large, uninscribed penis, the downturned tail of the animal forming a hanging loop. Unlike the monkey and tiger amulets, the crocodile has no testicles or penis of its own.
Another handsome Thai penis amulet is this one, hand-carved of black buffalo horn. It is 2 1/4" long and is lightly inscribed with Thai script. Inside each one there is a mystery inclusion, a bead or seed that rattles when the amulet is shaken.
This penis amulet is 2 3/4 inches long. It is hand-carved from
jackfruit wood and inscribed with Buddhist invocations. On the
penis a naked woman is bent backward in the yoga position called
"the bridge." This style of palad khik is the only one carried
by women, who place it in their purses as a form of magical protection to deter purse-snatchers
and ward off assaults by men.
This penis amulet, although usually is made of brass, is shown here cast in white plastic resin. It is 1 3/4 inches long and is
similar to the lion-haunched and inscribed style #1 amulet except that the attitude of the penis is
"perkier" and the testicles are so large that they hang down
well below the haunches. The addition of an eye on each side of the glans and a
flaring corona evocative of ears gives this palad khik the look of a cute child's toy, a little bunny-penis, as it were.
This penis amulet is 2 1/4 inches long and it features a strangely attractive smiling lizard
half-asleep on the penis. Surprisingly, the lizard has two
symmetrically arrayed tails. My Thai infomant tells me that this is
a visual reference to another Thai lucky symbol, the "mating
lizards" of fertility and prosperity. For a different lizard on a penis, see amulet #18.
This penis amulet is 1 1/2 inches long, a bit smaller than the other metal ones, and
the crouching black panther it bears is similar in concept to the
tiger in style #3, but this one was sculpted by a better
artist and is very naturalistic in detail; the penis
is obviously uncircumcised.
This penis amulet is 1 3/4 inches long and cast in bright brass.
It consists of a lion-haunched "penis animal" mounting a larger
penis. The penis animal's own tiny penis and testicles are
revealed on the underside of the amulet, making this one a
"triple penis" charm. It has raised inscriptions in ancient Thai
This penis amulet is 1 1/2 inches long. Cast in bright brass. It is
unlike the others shown on this page because it is not a hanging amulet
but a pocket piece that stands upright on its base, possibly copied from an old-fashioned gold
weight. On the front a
naked woman with wild hair is bent backward in the "bridge" yoga
asana. From below, a large penis enters her yoni. The back side of the statuette
depicts a curling vine terminating in a leaf, which apparently represents the flow of kundalini energy up the spine. Along the sides
there are raised religious inscriptions and smaller curling vines.
Like penis amulet #7, this one too is carried by women for magical protection, as well as by men who seek refuge in Shakti, the female spiritual principle, or who worship Devi, the goddess.
This little penis amulet can stand upon its base as a tiny
altar-piece, or hang as a pendent from a loop on the back.
Cast in bronze, it depicts the Thai goddess Nang Kwak and is
a diminutive but highly detailed 1 " tall. Nang Kwak wears
the glans of a human penis as a hat and kneels with a bag of
money in her lap, which she grips tightly in her left hand.
Her right hand is raised in a gesture familiar to many
people -- the customer-drawing gesture made by the Japanese
good luck charm called the Beckoning Cat -- and her
resemblance to the Beckoning
Cat is enhanced by the cat tail that runs up her
back and forms the piece's hanging loop. Nang Kwak is used,
as one might expect, to attract wealth to a place of business.
This penis amulet is 2" long and cast in brass. Like amulet
#7, it depicts a naked yogini in the asana called "the bridge,"
laying atop a lion-haunched "penis-animal." As with all of
the penises which depict naked yoginis, it is suitable for
men who wish to express devotion to Sakti and can also be
carried by women to protect themselves from muggers and
This penis amulet is a tiny baby penis cast in brass, only 1" long. As indicated
by its small size and non-erect position, it is a charm that
parents place on male infants and young boys. It is said to
protect their genitals from harmful spells or the jealous gaze of
Here's a penis amulet that is a mere 3/4" long, cast in nickel-plated brass.
Like all "baby penises," it is meant to be worn by infant
boys, but in this case, the duplicated penis portends
double-strength magical protection for male children as well as good fortune and monetary
This penis amulet is a double-tailed lizard, derived from the
same Thai legend of the mating lizards that produced penis
amulet #9. Cast in bronze, it is 2" long, and the lizard
that sits astride a lion-haunched "penis-animal" is of a
skinnier species than #9, its body very attenuated, with
delicate, pad-like fingertips. This amulet is worn to bring about
fertility and prosperity.
Here is a set of 12 very small penis amulets, one for each of the Powerful Animals of the traditional Chinese Zodiac. Each tiny talisman is 1/2 inch in length and has a little hole for hanging, under the animal's chin. These charms are small enough to be worn as earrings, or very inconspicuously carried in the purse or hung in own's place of business.
The complete set of lucky charms for every year of the Chinese Zodiac is cast in brass with a silvery finish, and the detail on the amulets is amazing -- but not really scannable at this size. From left to right and top to bottom, the Chinese Zodiac animals depicted are the Ox, the Dog, the Rooster, the Boar, the Dragon, the Rat, the Horse, the Tiger, the Goat, the Snake, the Monkey and the Hare.
These penis charms are worn for money luck, gambling luck, business success, and general prosperity. Customarily one carries on the person or hangs in a place of business the animal whose year it is. This continues for one full lunar year, after which the talisman is changed for the next animal. After 12 years, he cycle repeats itself. However, there is nothing to stop a more flamboyant person from creating a necklace or even a charm bracelet with all 12 Chinese Zodiac animals.
My own personal collection of penis amulets, each cast in a different colour, makes a lovely aesthetic
complement to my copper Indescribable Lucky
Charm and i happily keep them all together with
my bronze foliated Roman penis amulet in a rusty
iron wall-altar to reinforce the metallic theme. Perhaps a gold yoni amulet is in my future?
For other lucky charms in the form of genitalia or copulating couples, see:
Hindu gods and goddesses appear or are described on the following Lucky W Amulet Archive web pages: