Palakit is an auspicious talisman often mistaken for an obscene object. In fact it has been widely used by the Thai People for protection, enhancement of business, harmonious relationships, and most importantly, for warding off evil spirits or ghost. Sometimes it is also referred to Palad.
Palakit derives from Pali language. The origin of the Palakit is related to Lord Shiva, the Indian Hindu God who manifes himself in the form of “Linga”, the male genital and sometimes together with “Yoni”, the female genital. It symbolises the power of creation, strength of unity and the source of destruction, similar to the Chinese “Yang” element. It was brought into Thailand together with the Khmer invasion as early as 8th century AD, but it was in a bigger size and was the main object of worship at the centre of many Khmer temples. The present style that could be worn over the waist with a string was made famous by Luang Phor Yi of Wat Sattaheep, Chunburi. His famous and usual inscriptions on the Palakit were “Gan Had Nei Had”. These were invariably written in an old form of script called “Khom” that cannot be read by contemporary Thais but is now widely used by most Palakit makers.
Palakit could be carved from wood, bone, horn , ivory or made from mixed herbal powder and even metal. Some PaladKits are in plain form, while others could come in many forms, the most common ones are monkey holding the PaladKit, naked lady laying herself over the PaladKit and lizard with split tail, other forms are available as well.
Linga in phallic pillar form and Yoni discovered
at ruins of Petchabun province dated 10th century (pic above)
Luang Phor Yi of Wat Sattaheep, Chunburi, Luang Phor Kit and his famous student Luang Phor Ler of Wat Sao ChernNgoh,ChaChernSao, Acharn Heng PyWan of Ayuthatya, Luang Phor Sod of Wat Pakon, Phetburi, are the top master in making PaladKit.
The great makers of Paladkit from 1950 – present are
Luang Pu Fak Wat NikhonPhrajasang, student of Luang Phor Ler
Luang Phor Khong Wat WanSaparok, student of Luang Phor Ler
Acharn Thai Wat Saijoy, Phetburi, student of Luang Phor Ler
Luang Pu Si Wat Sakae, student of Acharn HengPywan
Luang Phor Kee Wat HuChan, student of Luang Phor Yi
Luang Phor Seng Wat BangNa, student of Luang Phor Yi & Luang Phor Ler
Luang Pu Make Wat LamkreDam, student of Luang Phor Yi & Laung Phor Ler
Luang Phor Ghan Wat Intarawan, student of Luang Phor Ler
Luang Phor Kuay Wat Kositharam, student of Luang Pu Suk
Luang Phor Bern Wat BangPhra
Luang Phor Yid Wat Nonjok
Luang Phor ThongKreang Wat ChediHoi, student of L.P. Seng Wat BangNa
Luang Pu Sawai Wat Predaram