Luang Phor Chang
Luang Phor Chang often spoke about the origin of Wicha Thep Nimit. While he was on his Tudong travels, he liked to meditate in caves. He would specifically seek out caves and forests that were rumored to be plagued by spiritual hauntings and disturbances. He would also meditate in cemeteries, often simply settling down in these places, setting up his PakKlod (umbrella mosquito net), and spending the night there in a deep meditative state.
Encounters with Child Spirits
One day he passed by a village near the Cambodian border. There, the villagers spoke of a big tree nearby haunted by the spirits of 4 or 5 children. Sometimes when they walked past the tree, they would hear the laughter of children, but see no one. The villagers were afraid of these spirits, and invited Luang Phor Chang to perform “songkror padBpow” or an exorcism of the spirits in the area.
Luang Phor arrived at the tree to perform BamPen pawana (a form of prayer), when suddenly, he saw a plump, fair child walk past him. Luang Phor witnessed the child radiating light, and realised that this child was no mere ghost (SamPaWeySri), but a spirit of elevated status. Luang Phor guessed that this spirit would likely be a child deva or ompatika (natural occurring spirits not born of human parents).
Luang Phor Chang reached out to the spirit telepathically, and asked if that spirit would like to follow him on a journey of “janlong phraputta sassana” (assisting Luang Phor with the propagation of Buddhism). If the spirit agreed, he requested it to drop a few residential branches from the tree (spirits are known to reside in the branches of old trees).
After an entire night of prayers, just before dawn, a strong gust of wind blew through the tree, and a branch dropped in front of Luang Phor. He noticed that there were “poom” on the branch. He named the branch Kod Guman
For these particular Guman Thong, Luang Phor mixed Phong Kod Guman with other materials to create the Guman Thong Dood Rok, and named it “Tewada Noi”. He then added more sacred material to the base of the Guman Thong (no information is available on what these extra materials were).
Om maha taewagumaro piyagumaro
Mahapootoh mahittigo suppaetisae
kolakso Suppachananung hatakyeah mahatecho
Prawattigo ratanatya nupawaena
Ratanatya taechasa taewanang
Ittipasaena taewa gumaroja lokawitoo
Ah hung nookah, Ah kan Chaya
Ah kan chahi, mahittgo
Note: Before you bring the Guman Thong into your house, you must use incense sticks to inform the Buddha, holy monks and deities statue already residing in your house of his intent to enter.
To worship your Tewada Noi, use “khaw pak mor” or the top layer of rice from your rice cooker only, together with red soda, and hard boiled eggs. Offer this every Tuesday, accompanied by 5 incense sticks. Occasionally, invite him to eat with you at your table.
Whenever he grants your wishes, remember to reward the Guman Thong with extra food, drinks and toys. When you go to tamboon (making merit by giving food to monks or liberating captive animals) remember to do Utid Suan-guson (refer to our article on Utid Suan-guson ) for him. It will increase his power.