There exists a form of Thai wicha, where sacred spells are inscribed on the skin from the forehead of a tiger, which is then used to craft amulets. It is believed that the ferocity of the tiger as a force of nature that can be harnessed, to enhance spells like Maha Amnaj, Kongkrapan and Maha Ut. For this reason, tiger skins are sometimes used to make takrut for channeling these spells.
The top five tiger forehead skin takrut from Thailand are ranked as such:
- Takrut Nang NaPak Sueafrom Luang Phor Nak, Wat Arun Ratchawararam(Wat Chaeng), Bangkok
- Takrut Nang NaPak Suea, Luang Phor Boon, Wat Klang Bang Keaw, Changwat Nakhon Pathom
- Takrut Nang NaPak Suea, Luang Phor Jong, Wat Natangnok, Changwat Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
- Takrut Nang NaPak Suea, Luang Phor Tae Kongtong, Wat Sam Ngam, Changwat Nakhon Pathom
- Takrut Nang NaPak Suea, Luang Phor Nor, Wat Klang Tah Reua, Changwat Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
Takrut Nang NaPak Suea from Luang Phor Nak, Wat Arun Ratchawararam (Wat Chaeng), Bangkok
Takrut Nang NaPak Suea, Luang Phor Boon, Wat Klang Bang Keaw, Changwat Nakhon Pathom
It is estimated that only 20 pieces of this takrut were ever made, making it extremely rare. The reason for this it that only a single takrut can be made each time, as the wicha will suck all the tiger’s ferocity into that single piece. Only the small portion of skin from the forehead of the tiger, above eye-level, can be used. The length of these takrut varies, as some tigers brought to him were larger, while others were smaller.
The consecration process is complex and tedious, with numerous ceremonies held over many days. First, an auspicious date needs to be selected to perform Phithi BaiSri. This blessing ceremony requires substantial offerings to be made. It is said that any person who requested Luang Phor Boon to consecrate this takrut were required to singlehandedly procure and prepare all the items required for the ceremony; the most important item being the skin from a tiger’s forehead. Many of the items were extremely tedious to prepare.
At the Phithi BaiSri, the monk has to invoke the Teachers, Buddhist saints and deities to his presence. He then enters a state of deep, trancelike concentration to inscribe the enchantments onto the tiger skin by hand. The takruts are then bound with string. After this initial ceremony has ended, the monk is also required to carry out blessing ceremonies on the consecrated item every Saturday and Tuesday for 7 consecutive weeks.
Takrut Nang NaPak Suea, Luang Phor Jong, Wat Natangnok, Changwat Pranakhon Si, Ayuthaya
These takrut were made in year B.E. 2490. As the story goes, a devotee brought the complete skin of a tiger to offer to Luang Phor Jong as a meditation mat. The monk accepted his gift, but refused to use it, instead relegating it to a storeroom. One day a novice monk was cleaning up the room, and saw the tiger skin. He proposed that LP Jong craft takrut from the skin, and releases it to devotees for a cost. The money raised could then be used to refurbish the various temple halls or rooms in Wat Natangnok. Luang Phor agreed.
The tiger skin was cut into small, square pieces. Some of the pieces had the fur removed, while others were left intact. Luang Phor Jong conducted the ceremony, inscribed the mystical inscription, and chanted Katha Gratoo Jed Bod. He rolled up each skin, and tied it up with SaiSin Sam Plor, a kind of blessed string, which he tied the takrut in 3 places, separating it like the 3 segments of a finger. He used the Katha Akara Maha Ud (no further details could be found on this Katha) while tying the takrut, and painted them with yang maplup (the white sap from Persimmon tree) before finally pidthong them. After they were dried, Luang Phor Jong blessed them one more time.
Namo Tassa Pakawatoh Arahatoh Sammasamputtasa – 3x
Iti litti putta nimit tang
Kor decha deychang
Kor dech decha jong ma pen
Ti peurng geh ma ah u
Bud deow nee terd
Recite 3x or 7x
Takrut Nang NaPak Suea, Luang Phor Tae Kongtong, Wat Sam Ngam, Changwat Nakhon Pathom
These takrut, Takrut Nang NaPak Suea and Takrut Sam Huang (meaning “3 rings”) were inscribed on tiger skin, rolled, and Sarika Thong Daeng (red copper takrut with Sarika spell) was inserted, before being sealed with Guman Thong powder on both ends. It was then bound with string and pidthong. It was made between 2510 to 2515.
It is best for Maha Amnaj, as the tiger skin takrut gives off a musky smell. When people or animals get a whiff of this, they will unwittingly react with fear. The takrut also includes effects of Metta Mahaniyom and GarnNgan TammaHaGin (to make business smooth and earn constant flow of income).
There are specific ways to wear this takrut. When you are fighting, wear the takrut in front of your body. When you are being pursued, wear the takrut behind you. When you negotiate contracts with women and want to increase your chances of success (Metta Tang Puying), put the takrut on your left-hand side, when you negotiate a contract with a guy, put the takrut on your right-hand side, ensuring that you maximize your charm (Metta Tang Puchai).
Namo Tassa Pakawatoh Arahatoh Sammasamputtasa – 3x
Ut ta tang, ard ta toh
Pad na na mo put ta ya
Na kreow mo krad
put ta bad tah pid
ya mi tu na san tah ran toh phid
so hi gah wid ti pah
Takrut Nang NaPak Suea, Luang Phor Nor, Wat Klang Tah Reua, Changwat Pranakhon See, Ayuthaya
Luang Phor Nor made this takrut in order to raise funds for building new Ubosot in Wat Klang Tah Reua. During B.E. 2480 to 2495, it was sold for 500 baht, which was considered pricey for that period. This takrut commands Maha Amnaj, Metta MahaNiyom and GanNgan TammaHaGin (to make business smooth and earn a constant flow of income).
Before the advent of waterproof cases, as devotees wore their takrut, their perspiration caused damage. The monk remade would remake them with a bamboo core, and wrap the tiger skin around it, before re-binding it in the same manner. In another batch he added red copper to the tiger skin. These takrut were not made in abundance, as the ceremony is tedious. During the ceremonies for these takrut, it was observed that the proceedings would be accompanied by the pungent, musky smell of tiger, which disappeared mysteriously after the ceremony ended. Due to the rarity of these takrut, they are hard to come by. Many examples available in the market are actually counterfeit.