See Phueng by Luang Phor Thap of Wat Krabok Khuen Phueng
Part 1: The Legend of Thailand’s Best Enchanted Lip Balm
The green ‘See Phueng Khiaw’
In this feature, we will explore the wonders of Luang Phor Thap’s See Pheung balm, its proper care, and use, as well as how to recognize the genuine artifact.
The history of See Phueng of Luang Phor Thap
Luang Phor Thap was ordained at Wat Na Ta Khwan
His See Phueng creations are characterized according to three main eras:
1. The early balm: See Phueng Dam
This version of the balm was said to have been created during the later part of B.E.24xx (no exact year can be traced but before the year 1951). During this time, Luang Phor Thap had not yet become the abbot of Wat Krabok Khuen Phueng temple. Phra Kreung and See Phueng were created to raise funds for the temple.
The See Pheung of that era was dark brown, but the villagers commonly referred to it as See Pheung Dam
The turning point was when a crippled man living near Wat Krabok Khuen Phueng temple, who lived in poverty with 6 wives, was much envied by people who knew him. This miracle was attributed to the powers of See Phueng Dam.
These accounts made Luang Phor Thap uneasy. He worried that if he continued to distribute See Phueng Dam, its rapidly-ballooning value would cause people to fight over it, bringing vexation and turmoil from the pangs of desire, then blessings or assistance.
He made a decision to stop making See Phueng Dam and discarded the rest. See Pheung Dam is therefore much rarer in modern times because it was only distributed to a few people.
2. The Second Era: See Phueng Khao
The second batch of See Pheung, a yellowish-white concoction, was crafted after Luang Phor Thap rose to the post of abbot at Wat Krabok Khuen Phueng temple, around B.E2494 (1951). This was around the time that he also began to craft his tiger tooth amulets.
The See Phueng was intended to be handed out along with the tiger tooth amulets, enhancing their Maha Amnaj (power), Metta Mahaniyom, and Saneh.
After Luang Phor Thap completed the amulets, the next step was to turn them loose in the forest, and hope that they would return. As the story goes, once the right spells were invoked, the amulets would turn into spirit-tigers and run wild through the trees, only returning to heed the call of their master. Unfortunately, none of the tigers returned.
Believing that the consecration had failed, Luang Phor Thap abandoned the process and distributed the small quantity of balm that he had made, on its own.
3. Third era balm: See Phueng Khiaw
This batch of the balm is believed to have first been made sometime around B.E.2498 (1955) and incorporated many sacred objects that Luang Phor Thap has painstakingly collected over two years. The resulting balm was emerald-green in colour.
The Secret Ingredient
The knowledge of See Phueng is believed to have originated from Kru Phu
Leaves, flowers, fruits, wood, and roots from various plants are crushed into powder and formed into chalk. This chalk is then used to write spells, in the form of arcane letters or geometric designs. The residue is swept up and stored for use.
The scarcity of the required ingredients, along with the complexity of the rituals and incantations, tests a practitioner’s perseverance and makes the process very tedious.
See Pheung however, involves one very important step, that distinguishes it from other powders.
As the final step of the process, “Mai Yaeng Yae”
“Mai Kai Kook” is on a whole other level, only available through sheer provenance, luck, or chance. The consecrator must be a witness to the following sequence of events:
First, a rooster must be observed pecking at a piece of wood, producing a “Kook Kook” sound. The noise should mimic the sound of the rooster searching for food, and attract the attention of a curious hen.
When the hen arrives on the scene, the rooster should jump on the hen and mate with her. This causes said piece of wood to be paranormally imbued with lust, desire, and reproductive energy. This turns an ordinary piece of wood into the coveted “Mai Kai Kook”.
It is said that Luang Phor Thap would store his See Phueng Khiaw
In the next part of this article, we will explore the mystical benefits of See Pheung and various methods for using it effectively.