Takrut Nang Kwai Pheuk
, Luang Phor Mon

Wat Klong Sip Sorng

 

The wicha of using animal skin to make amulets is called GarnTamPhraNang

. Luang Phor Mon of Wat Klong Sip Sorng was adept in this wicha. He learnt it from Luang Phor Niam
, Zhao Awat
of Wat Phrayapla
. Luang Phor Niam is an expert in using this wicha for Kongkrapan
. He made takrut out of buffalo skin. His Somdej
were also infused with bits of buffalo skin.

 

Luang Phor Mon, Wat Klong Sip Sorng

 

The skin that was used for making Takrut Nang Kwai Phuek

, came from the skin of buffaloes that had been struck dead by lightning. The first batches were made from the forehead skin of an albino buffalo that had been struck dead by lightning. As the story goes, this particular buffalo had been involved in many Hae Nak
, and Luang Phor comforted the buffalo, encouraging it to be reborn as a human being on account of the merits it had accumulated.

When the villagers attempted to dispose of the buffalo’s carcass with fire, they realized that it would not burn. Upon hearing of the phenomenon, Luang Phor surmised that the buffalo had offered its body to the Buddha. In recognition of this, he removed the buffalo’s forehead skin, to be made into amulets for the villagers.

When he first began producing amulets, Luang Phor Mon personally pluksek

(or blessed) each takrut, and gave them to devotees of the temple, as well as people he met during his Tudong travels.

An albino buffalo

Luang Phor Mon originally made the takruts to protect people from snakes, because the area was surrounded by forest and rice fields, and people would occasionally die from snake bites while farming in the fields or travelling on the road. They were distributed for free, but when the villagers began carrying them, they felt that it was effective at protecting them from other forms of danger as well. Word spread, and the takrut became famous. More people came to ask about the takrut from Luang Phor, but he was unable to make a larger amount, as the provenance of their material (having a white buffalo struck by lightning) was extremely rare.  Because of the scarcity of lightning-stricken albino buffalos, he began to use skin from the remainder of the animal too. The forehead skin was still reserved for depictions of the Buddha, such as Somdej, while the rest was used for takruts.

 

Takrut Nang Kwai Pheuk by Luang Phor Mon, Wat Klong Sip Sorng

Takrut Nang Kwai Pheuk by Luang Phor Mon, Wat Klong Sip Sorng

After acquiring the skin, it was soaked in water to soften it. It was then cut into pieces, put into a Somdej mould, and pressed into a piece of bamboo until the materials fused. Some pieces of Somdej would comprise the entire piece of forehead skin. These Somdej were called Puttakoon Phra Somdej Nang Kwai Pheuk

. Khom characters were added. For the first batch, “Ta
” was written in front, and “Joh
” was written behind. For subsequent batches, no khom characters were added. These Takruts and Somdej were excellent for Kongkrapan Chatri
, or protection against saiyasart and snake bites.

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