Luang Phor Glan
Luang Phor Glan who is recognised as one of a select group of monks who have created some of the the very best Palad Khik.
He was born in Supanburi Province but in later life moved to Angthong where his amulets and in particular Palad Khik brought him notoriety and fame.
As a young man he had learnt basic sacred sciences as laymen simply for the purpose of protection. Suphanburi in those times was plagued by a sizeable criminal element.Read More
Luang Phor Ie
Phallic talismans, or amulets, known in Thai as ‘Palad khik’, have a long tradition as lucky charms and for redirecting malevolent forces. Worn on a string or belt at the waist, off-center, or carried in the pocket by men and boys they are thought to both attract and absorb any magical malevolence intended for the real genitals.
Phra Nang Cave, Krabi
Shaivism or Saivism is the name given to a group of religious traditions which regard Lord Siva, also spelled as Shiva, as the highest Supreme Self or Brahman and worship Him accordingly. It is considered to be one of the oldest, if not the oldest, sect of Hinduism, whose antiquity is said to be rooted in the prehistoric traditions of ancient India, dating back to the Indus Valley civilization (5000 BC) or even earlier.Read More
River of 1000 Lingas, Kbal Spean, Cambodia
Kbal Spean is a unique place to visit. It is a carved riverbed, set in the jungle, northeast of Angkor. It is commonly referred to in English as the “River of a 1000 Lingas”. Lingas and Hindu gods are carved into the riverbed. The water flowing down the river is blessed before reaching Angkor.
Mae Tuptim Phallic Shrine, Bangkok
The Mae Tuptim phallic shrine is located in the grounds of the Nai Lert Park Hotel, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok. The shrine is strewn with hundreds of lingams, a phallic form of the Hindu god Shiva.
According to folklore, phallic images were brought to Thailand by Khmer monks in the 8th century AD. Although the origins of the shrine are unknown, the lingams that surrounds it hints at the fact that it has to do with fertility. A sign erected in the small park that hosts the Phallic Shrine informs us that the origins of Chao Mae Tuptim are obscure. All people can recall is that a spirit house was built by Nai Lert for the spirit who was believed to reside in the large Ficus tree in the park. The shrine was originally dedicated to Chao Tuptim, a female animist spirit who people believe has been residing in the tree for hundreds of years.
Luang Phor Yit – Wat Nongjork
Luang Phor Yit, formerly known as Mr. Yit Sidokbuab was born on the 10th June BE 2467 in Ban Huagruad Village, Napansam Subdistrict, Muang, Petchburi Province.
Aged 9 he was ordained a novice at Wat Naprom by Luang Por Hual Juntasiri, his uncle, who also taught him many Buddhist sciences such as ancient medicines, sacred spells and the Khmer language.
Aged 14 years he went to stay with Luang Phor Tongsuk Intachoto, then abbot of Wat Tanodluang where he was to study further. It wasn’t long after that he had to move away again because his family relocated to Guiburi District, where he also had to assist his parents farm the land.