Palad Khik Thai Amulet

The Palad Khik Amulet: The Controversial Journey of an Ancient Tradition

The Palad Khik amulet, with its rich history and mystical properties, has long been a cherished part of Thai culture. However, the amulet’s journey has not been without controversy. In this blog post, we will explore the origin of the Palad Khik amulet, its rise in Thai Buddhist tradition, and the ongoing debate surrounding its public visibility and acceptance.

Ancient Origins and Cultural Significance

The origins of the Palad Khik amulet can be traced back to ancient animist beliefs that predate the introduction of Buddhism in Thailand. These beliefs centered around the worship of fertility deities and spirits associated with fertility, protection, and prosperity. The phallic shape of the amulet symbolized these concepts and was believed to bring blessings to its wearer.

Integration into Thai Buddhist Tradition

As Buddhism began to spread and establish itself in Thailand, it absorbed and assimilated local beliefs and practices. The Palad Khik amulet, with its existing cultural significance, found a place within the Buddhist framework. It became intertwined with Buddhist beliefs and rituals, maintaining its symbolism of fertility, protection, and prosperity.

Palad Khik amulet

Government Intervention and Cultural Shifts

Changes in Cultural Landscape

Over time, Thailand experienced significant social and cultural changes. Modernization, urbanization, and the influence of global cultures brought about shifts in traditional beliefs and practices. Some aspects of ancient animist traditions, including the Palad Khik amulet, faced scrutiny and disapproval from certain segments of society.

Government Intervention

The Thai government, in an attempt to promote a more standardized form of Buddhism and distance itself from what it perceived as superstitious beliefs, implemented measures to regulate and control religious artifacts. This included efforts to remove certain amulets, including the Palad Khik, from public view and restrict their sale and distribution.

Controversy and Public Perception

Clash of Beliefs

The government’s actions sparked controversy and debate among those of the Thai population who were aware of the initiative to eliminate the prominent presence of large phallic shapes in public. Traditionalists argued for the preservation of ancient beliefs and practices, emphasizing the cultural and historical significance of the Palad Khik amulet. Others supported the government’s stance, viewing the amulet as superstitious and incompatible with a modern Buddhist society.

Giant wooden Palad Khik amulets

Continuity and Popular Belief

In an era dominated by technology, the Palad Khik amulet continues to maintain its widespread belief and popularity among Thai people of all provinces. Its significance transcends cultural boundaries and is deeply ingrained in Thai history, tradition, and spirituality. Observing the daily lives of Thai individuals, one can often spot someone wearing a Palad Khik amulet as a testament to their faith and reverence.The practice of wearing Palad Khik amulets is not viewed as contradictory to Buddhism; instead, it represents the integration of pre-Buddhist beliefs and traditions into Thai Theravada Buddhist practices. Buddhism itself shares common concepts and influences with Hinduism, further reinforcing the compatibility between these belief systems.

Cultural Identity and Freedom of Belief

The controversy surrounding the Palad Khik amulet raises questions about cultural identity and freedom of belief. Supporters of the amulet argue that it represents an important aspect of Thai heritage and should be respected as a valid expression of religious and cultural beliefs. Critics, on the other hand, highlight the need for a modern and rational approach to Buddhism that aligns with contemporary values.

The Palad Khik amulet embodies a complex and multifaceted history within Thai culture and Buddhist tradition. Its origins in ancient animist beliefs, integration into Buddhist practices, and the subsequent government intervention have created a divisive and ongoing debate. The controversy surrounding the amulet reflects broader discussions about cultural preservation, religious freedom, and the evolving nature of Thai society.

I hope it is clear to readers, that this blog post provides an overview of the controversies and debates surrounding the Palad Khik amulet but that I myself (Ajarn Spencer Littlewood), do not take a definitive stance on the matter, except to say that there should be nothing embarrassing about mother nature’s creations, and that the Phallic and Female Vilva have played a role in Human religious and Ritual practices and beliefs since pre-history. The future of the Palad Khik amulet and its place within Thai Buddhist tradition will of course continue to be as popular with common folk as it always has been, but that how visible it becomes in public places in the future, is a topic shaped by ongoing discussions, societal changes, and the evolving attitudes towards cultural heritage and religious practices.

The Hoon Payont (or ‘Hun Payont’), is an ancient reanimated Golem effigy, with far back reaching roots. Its name comes from the word ‘Payont’ which means an effigy that has been brought to life by Sorcerous Magick. Hoon Payont may be made in various forms, such as the form of a Human, or some other Magickal creature, or animal, depending on the needs of the user, and the intended uses of the Adept who makes them.

Below; The World Famous Hun Payont Hyaa Ka Mad Daay Daeng Akom of Ajarn Loi Po Ngern (Ayuttaya Master and direct lineage continuance of the Wicha of Luang Por Glan of Wat Prayatigaram (Ayuttaya).

Hun Payont Hyaa Ka Mad Daay Daeng Akom Ajarn Loi Po Ngern

Hoon Payont spirit assistants, work as a kind of invisible guardian and valet, who cares for your safety and well being, protecting and nourishing. He can be used to complete and fulfill missions and tasks which are beyond your own abilities, in exchange for your making and sharing of merits with the hun payont.

Hoon Payont are made from various substances, such as the Hoon Hyaa Saan (Hay/Straw), Hoon Gan Bai Mai an (leaves), Hoon Thao Wan (magical vines), Hoon Dtakua (mercurial lead), Hoon Khee Pheung (wax), Bai Mai Ta (leaves), Hoon Gae Salak (carved wood), Hoon Daay (cord wrap), Hoon Pha (cloth bound), Hoon Din (molded clay), Hoon Din Phao (baked clay), Hoon Hin (carved stone), Hoon Krabueang (ceramic), Hoon Poon (cement), Hoon Ngern/Tong (silver or gold), Hoon Loha (Iron)

 

The Hoon Payont, is an amulet that is found to date back to the times of the Kassapa Buddha. The Kassapa Buddha, is said to have made a Payont effigy, to protect his Relics, before he himself passed into Nibbana. The Wicha Hun Payont Requires one to perform occasional Buddhist Prayers and give alms, and perform the ‘Gruad Nam’ Water Pouring Ceremony to share merits with the Hoon Payont.

200 Years Later, King Asoka opened a shrine, to remove and preserve the relics, but the shrine was inhabited by a Hoon Payont. King Asoka was forced to invoke and summon the God Indra, who manifested as a Brahman, and performed Incantations, enabling King Asoka to enter and remove the Saririkadhatu Relics.

In the world of Sorcery, all lineages believe in the existence of different kinds of spirits, which can be imbued within effigies or controlled, or beseeched to perform a multitude of tasks.

There are many Animist and Necromantic amulets which use different types of spirits which are Hoeng Prai Ghosts, Devas, Bhuta, Kumarn Tong, Rak Yom, In Jantr, Phu Some, In Gaew, Mae Takian, Ma Hoeng Prai, and many others such as Yaksa Monsters, to inhabit an effigy.

The Hoon Payon amulets of Ajahn Loi

Great Adepts are the only ones able to create Hoon Payont Golem Effigies, which are then brought to life with Necromancy and imbued with any of a number of kinds of spirits.

All Hoon Payont Golems, must be empowered by an Adept, who has Mastered the Wicha Akarn Sam Sip Sorng; 32 invocations of the 32 elements within a living being, to make the effigy able to displace itself (move around), and to emit Magical powers, protecting wealth and possessions within its enclave.

If intruders enter, the Hoon Payont will create illusions that drive the thieves away, and will also scare away all kinds of demons and ghosts that enter the household to cause any havoc. Hoon Payont are very protective of the belonging within the home and for this reason excellent guards.

The Hoon Payont is used by those who believe, in the household, place of business, and even carried as an amulet or placed in one’s vehicle, to keep away alll dangers and inauspicious events and malicious entities

Hoon Payont should be rewarded or appeased through Bucha with the Piti Gruad Nam Water Pouring Ceremony, in the same way as seen by Thai Buddhists after giving alms to the Monks, except that it is you who makes the prayer.

Below; Hun Payont Mai Ga Fak Rak Sacred Deva Inhabited treewood effigy (Natural Formation) – Por Tan Kloi, Wat Phu Khao Tong

Hun Payont Mai Ga Fak Rak Sacred Deva Inhabited treewood effigy (Natural Formation) - Por Tan Kloi, Wat Phu Khao Tong

Alternatively, one can also use sacred or aromatic oils for consecration, or even liquor if wish to use for powerful Magic for Gambling and other matters of high risk, by putting a few drops of liquor on the Hun Payont, or offering a glass in symbolic fashion on its altar if not worn as an amulet, and kept in the house.

Below; Huan Payont Loi Ongk Statuette in Nam Man Prai

Huan Payont Loi Ongk Statuette in Nam Man Prai

There are in truth a multitude of different Payont Golems, but there are officially Nine types of empowerment for the Wicha Hoon Payont, which are known to exist within the Kampir Saiyawaet Grimoires;

  1. Wicha Payont Kaa Khaay (assist in increasing sales)
  2. Wicha Payont Kong Grapan (protect from sharp instruments and bullets(
  3. Wicha Payont Maha Niyom (popularity, positive influence – great preference)
  4. Wicha Payont Maha Ud (gunstopper power)
  5. Wicha Payont Maha Sanaeh (charm, attraction, promotion, increase sales)
  6. Wicha Payont Fao Ruean Fao Rot (guard over the home or the car/vehicle)
  7. Wicha Payont Chai Ngaan (send on missions or to complete tasks)
  8. Wicha Payont Kumarn Tong (Kumarn Tong as Hun Payont)
  9. Wicha Payont Ko Taen Jao Khong Hnun Duang (take the brunt of your karma for you and increase your positive alignments)

Hoon Payon Ya Ka Long Rak

Kata Bucha Hoon Payont Chanting and Worship Methods

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