Luang Phor Thuad Amulet

            Luang Phor Thuad is known as the legendary Buddhist master. He is famous for amulets made in his image which many believe hold great protective powers which have been proven to be effective time and again. 

Historically, his ancestors had migrated from China. He was originated from Singora, Thailand. Moreover, He was born was born at Ban Suan Chan, Chumphol district, Sathing Phra in Songkhla, Southern Thailand in the year of A.D.1582 (B.E.2125).

            At the age of 5, Luang Phor Thuad was ordained as a novice and was known a Sammanaen Pu. Once his master found out that he was gifted in Buddhism, he was sent to many other temples to enchance his knowledge of Buddhism.  When he grew 20, he was ordained as a full monk at Wat Saemamuang at Nakorn Si Thammarat and named as Phra Samiramo.

            Time passed by, Luang Phor Thuad wanted to develop his knowledge better in the capital, which at that time was Ayutthaya. This was when his miraculous vigor has revealed. Luang Phor Thuad travelled to Ayutthaya with a merchant boat. They encountered a heavy storm and were running out of water. The owner of the boat was thinking of blaming bringing a monk on board gives bad luck. But then Luang Phor Thuad dipped his foot out of the boat to touch the sea water in a circular motion. He told the crews to drink the water in the circle. One of them tried and it was drinkable! They all drank the water and collected some for later. They were able to survive the journey to Ayutthaya because of Luang Phor Thuad.  

            Luang Phor Thuad has always been dedicating his life for Buddhism. He taught all the Buddhist lessons to many people. Once he passed away, they began making amulets of Luang Phor Thuad’s image. Moreover, the amulets are continuously made until today for his powerful legend and the faith that everyone has for him. Luang Phor Thuad amulet was known for protecting the wearers in many aspects which are protection from accidents and all sorts of danger, protection from black magic, and protection from evil spirits.

 

Phra Somdej Amulet

            Phra Somdej Amulets are known as “King of Amulets” or “lucky amulet” of the Benjapakee amulets. It is one of the most famous and powerful Thai Buddha amulet that collectors must at least have one for their own. Phra Somdej amulet is known for having full of power, good luck, and invulnerable  safety protection for the wearer of this amulet. Phra Somdej amulet was originally from the most famous Buddhist monks during Thailand's Rattanakosin Period named “Somdej Phra Puttajarn Toh Phrom-rangsri” or for short “Somdej Toh”. Somdej Toh was born in Ayutthaya Province and was the illegitimate son of King Rama 2. In his young age of 13, he ordained as a novice and became a monk. At the age of twenty-one, he was very keen with Buddhist teachings.

During the King Rama 4's reign Somdej Toh was given the ceremonial name “Somdej Phra Buddhacarya” and he was also the preceptor for Prince Mongkut. He started to create these Phra Somdej amulets when he received Wat Rakang from his father. Therefore, the amulets are also known as “Somdej Wat Rakhang” Bhuddha amulets.

            Initially, the amulets were made by hand of Somdej Toh himself and it were not looking that well. Later, the King’s goldsmith designed a new mold for the amulet which was better and it became the standard style of Phra Somdej Amulets. There are many materials compound in creating this famous amulet. Some of them were: lime, five kinds of Phong Vises (sacred powder namely Pattamung, Ithije, Maharaj, Puttakun and Treenisinghe), flower leaves, rice bits, luts, ashes from cremated urns, honey, and later – tang oil from the advice of the goldsmith for a beautiful surface. Somdej Toh mentioned that these amulets were given greater power by the recitation of chants.  He used powerful chants that he had learnt from the great Buddhist monks of the past.

            During his life time, Somdej Toh has made approximately 84,000 Phra Somdej Amulets.  He also created 73 different styles of amulets. Nowadays, these amulets reach extremely high prices of millions Thai Baht.

Hanuman Amulet

            Hanuman is one of the central characters in the ancient Hindu epic “Ramayana” or “Ramakian” (Thai name). He was described as a powerful god-king of the ape, the fur of diamond, crystal canine, his yawn create stars and the moon. In the epic, Hanuman serves for Phra Rarm the reincarnate of PhraNarai, the greatest gods of hindu.

            Hanuman can transform himself into a giant to protect his lords from the Asura giants. He can also have four heads, eight arms and can also extend his tail. Hanuman is also known as warlord because he is invincible. He is the son of the “wind” and “Sahava”. If he dies and the wind blows, he will be alive. Hanuman was known as a brave man with a heart of warrior who Phra Rarm trusts the most. He was the only one who could defeat Phra Rarm’s enemy, “Todsakun” by burning the whole city with his fire tail.  After the war, he was rewarded with 5,000 concubines and Nopburi city.

            For Thai people, wearing the amulets of Hanuman, the protector of the Gods, will protect the wearer from evil and darkness. Also, it will bring invulnerable safety, destroy obstacles and misfortune, and provide success to life.

Phra Rod Amulet

            Phra Rod amulets are one of the Benjapakee amulet set. They were discovered in the reign of the King Rama 5 (Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poraminthra Maha Chulalongkorn Phra Chunla Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua) when the stupa of “Wat Mahawan” in Lamphun Province had collapsed. Phra Rod amulets are considered one of the oldest amulets which are around 1,250 years old. In Thai, Phra Rod symbolizes the Buddha of survival, as the word “Rod” means to survive from danger.

            Initially, Phra Rod Amulets were crafted by the Rishis or the hermit.  According to the legend of the Hariphunchai era, Lamphun Province (Northern Thailand) was established by groups of ascetics. The ascetics had chosen “Chama Dhevi” a princess from Lopburi province as the queen of this city. And they were right of choosing her. “Queen Chama Devi” brings peace to every city she passes. Indeed, Hariphunchai became a peaceful and prosperous city during her prestige. The ascetics decided to make amulets to strengthen the protection to their queen and the citizen. Some of the amulets were given to people and some were kept under the stupa of Wat Mahawan.

Phra Pong Supan Amulets

            According to the golden scripture, Phra Pong Supan amulets were created by four hermits. Phra Pong Supan is one of the Benjapakee amulet set. The amulets were compound by baked clay and other sacred minerals. Mostly, the amulets are triangular in shape with Buddha seated in the "Manvichai" posture. It was discovered in B.E. 2456 from Wat Phra Sri Ratanamahathat in Supanburi province. The amulets were estimated approximately 500-600 years old. It has a very strong “U-Thong” art style and also unique by having a thumb fingerprint from the maker of the amulets at the back.

            Today these amulets are hard to be found and the price is beyond the average collectors. It is believed to be superb Buddha amulets with all mighty protective power against weapon and bring good luck. It is the most powerful amulets of ever.