The hand of the Charming Miss Invitation or Nang Kwak is held up in beckoning gesture, in order to call upon luck, fortune and wealth to come to the wearer of the amulet.

This spirit is supposed to bring wealth to the household and is particularly popular with shopkeepers. The spirit is dressed in traditional Thai dress. In her left hand is a money bag and her right hand is beckoning Thai style – palm down. She is either beckoning customers to come into the store or asking for wealth to come her way.

Nang Kwak Statue for wealth

Nang Kwak Statue for Luck, Fortune & Wealth

The legend of Nang Kwak in Hindu Tales

It is thought that Nang Kwak originally evolved from the Hindu Goddess Parvathi, the daughter of the mountains, who it was said was the first to grow rice.

She first appeared in Thailand as a rice and prosperity goddess with a sheaf of rice over her shoulder. (The pre-Buddhist Mae Posop) The money bag in her lap and the beckoning hand were added at later dates, design elements almost certainly borrowed from the familiar Japanese Maneki Neko beckoning cat, a good luck talisman for merchants. In some examples she is even featured with feline characteristics, notably a tail.

Add to this to the fact that Nang Kwak is often represented in the form of a phallus or Thai Palad Khik with her body conforming to the shaft of the male organ and wearing a hat - an iconographic reference to the incorporation of very early Hindu Shaivism into Thai Buddhism.

Similar to other spirit amulets, her favor is sought through daily offerings and prayers.

Thai Folk Story of Nang Kwak

According to the history of the Lord Buddha’s disciples, in the Buddha’s period, there was a merchant family living in Mitchika City not too far from Sawadhi province. They had a daughter named “Supawadee”. Then, Suchittapram, the father, expanded his business and bought a new cart to bring goods to other regions. Sometimes, his daughter would accompany.

Nang Kwak inviting Customers

Nang Kwak inviting Customers or Wealth to Home

During one of her trips, Supawadee met “Phra Wassapatherachao” an enlightened monk who gave her religious sermons. Supawadee listened to the teachings carefully. The monk used the power of enlightenment to bless her and her family. She received blessings every time she met him and listened to his teachings.

On another business trip, she met with “Phra Siwaleetherachao”, also an enlightened monk, who taught her more about Buddhism.

Phra Siwaleetherachao had a marvellous life; he was in his mother’s womb for 7 years and 7 months. Then, he was born with luck and transcendent virtues in his soul. That was why he always had good luck when in need. Phra Siwaleetherachao would always bless her and her family whenever they met.

With her mind blessed by the two enlightened monks she was able to support her father’s business so much that her father never lost. Her father realized that Supawadee was a real virtue and brought good luck to the family. So much so that they became extremely became wealthy as a result.

After becoming a millionaire, Supawadee’s father listened to religious teachings and practiced meditation with faith. He also donated his assets that he had earned from his daughter’s virtue to sustain Buddhism. For example he established a park with accommodation for traveling monks, he established a pantheon for a temple, giving money to monks.

When he made business trips, he always asked male monks, female monks, and people from other religions if they wanted to go to the same destination as him. Occasionally, he provided vehicles for those people.

Nang Kwak Amulet for Wealth

Nang Kwak Amulet for Wealth carved in bone

Supawadee’s reputation and her virtue were recognized and became well-known as the origin of wealth, good luck in business. After her death, her good fortune and luck in business was told from generation to generation, and so was born the legend of Nang Kwak.