In Chinese culture, a centipede is a rival of snake or dragon. If these two creatures are put together, then they will fight until the other party is dead. Many believes a Geliga Lipan is formed by the sliver or the hardening egg of a king centipede and it is reddish brown in colour.
Collectors of Geliga Lipan in Malaysia and Indonesia believe that this pearl possess amazing power. Amongst common believes that it can bestow the power to see through solid object, to see hidden objects such as numbers of a poker card when put face down.
Many gamblers are willing to invest hundred thousands of dollars just to get an authentic Geliga Lipan so that they can try their luck in a casino. These gamblers believe that they will get back their investments few folds back in short time.
It is my personal take that a Geliga Lipan in fact cannot let a person “see through” solid objects but possess the ability to know what is hidden through the spirit that inhibited in the Geliga Lipan. A whisper is said to be heard by the owner telling him or her of what is infect hiding inside a box without having to stare directly at it.
This type of pearl can be used to attract money and treasures through certain ritual. Another theory suggested that a Geliga Lipan can also attract luck such as ease of sustenance. While others think that the owner of Geliga Lipan can make a person invulnerable to weapons and invisible. Few other people use the Geliga Lipan for treating animal or insect bite by placing it over the bite area and the Geliga Lipan will absorb venoms however toxic automatically.
There are four types of Geliga Lipan according to the locations:
- The throne (mahkota)
- The stomach
- Between centipede stings
- In the mouth
The Geliga Lipan in the mouth of a centipede is the most precious of all the pearls. This type of pearl can only be found on a dead old king centipede. It is said that eventhough the centipede is dead; it is still extremely difficult to extract the pearl out. If force is used, then the pearl will be render powerless. There is a specific ritual need to be carried out accompanied by mantra chanting and a piece of red cloth to welcome the Geliga Lipan. It is believed that only through such a ritual that the essence of the dead king centipede can be transferred into the pearl.
Method of keeping a Geliga Lipan depending on the signs and addresses:
- The Geliga Lipan is kept with a few grains of raw rice
- The Geliga
- The Geliga is bathed with a few drops of morning dew