Monday, 10 September 2007


Pladkik (ปลัดขิก)
A phallus, usually carved from wood. They come in all possible sizes and smaller ones are often worn by men around their waist hanging from a string or chain as an amulet. It symbolizes the Hindu god Shiva and is supposed to avert misfortune and trigger good luck - Shiva is Sanskrit or 'auspicious'. It is seen by some as a fertility symbol and thus comparable to the linga. Some pladkik may have the figure of a tiger, a monkey or some other animal or even a lady attached to it. Some may also have cabalistic writing and yan signs carved on them.

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