The Legend of Phra Lak, The Golden Deity
The story of Phra Lak, has its roots in the Thai epic, the Ramakien
Phra Lak is a major character in the Ramakien. His name derives from the Sanskrit “Lakshmana
As the legend goes, he was both Phraya Ananta Nakarach
Phra Lak is the son of king Thodsarot
The loyalty shared by these two brothers was apparent to all, and they demonstrated the strength of their bond on many occasions, such as when Phra Ram and Phra Lak were young, and the king of the Mithila
Men from cities across the Kingdom, and even the gods and deities in heaven, descended upon the city to witness the event, among them, the brothers, who were eager for their own shot at winning her affections. Phra Ram told Phra Lak, to try to lift the bow first. Upon touching the bow, Phra Lak realized that he could very easily lift it, but hesitated, as he knew that his brother fancied Nang Srida. In an act of sheer loyalty, Phra Lak pretended to be unable to raise the bow, moving aside for Phra Ram to win.
In another incident, Phra Ram was exiled to the forest for 14 years, where he lived as a hermit. Phra Lak followed his brother into the forest, ready to help him face all the hardships and dangers that could befall them.
, who had defeated him in combat) for Phra Ram when he was attacked. He was also stabbed by the spears Hokkaew
The Ramakien is widely regarded as sacrosanct in Thailand, and thus, its influence on Thai spirituality is undeniable. Many practices in Thai spirituality, are modelled after characters from the Ramakien. The legend of Phra Lak consists of many segregated parts. Although he is hardly a central figure of the story like his brother Phra Ram, he exemplifies many desirable attributes. Many forms of Wicha
Wicha affiliated with Phra Ram, often deals with the art of warfare. Those affiliated with Phra Lak however, pertain to the pursuit of popularity and compassion. One of the most popular is Wicha Phra Lak Na Thong
Wicha Phra Lak Na Thong
Wicha Phra Lak Na Thong is derived from beliefs related to Phra Lak’s appearance. He is described as having a beautiful physical appearance, with bright, golden skin. His name in Sanskrit is “Laksamana”, or a person whose visage is tremendously auspicious. In Thai, “Rak
Phra Lak amulets continue to be popular among collectors, particularly those seeking a little supernatural intervention with their personal charms, or matters of the heart. There is a significant following for Phra Lak Na Thong among enthusiasts in China and Singapore.
Does literature influence superstition, or does superstition in fact influence the stories we pass on through generations? In the case of Phra Lak, we can see that these two elements of the human experience are in fact inseparable, particularly when they involved relatable emotions.