Secret Recipe of The Magus – Phong Wiset 5 Prakan
Pattamung – Ittijay – Maharach – Puttakoon – Trinisinghay
There are many steps involved, and many skills to be mastered by would-be masters of the arcane arts. One of the first skills the aspiring spiritual adept must learn however, is the art of creating and consecrating various kinds of sacred powder, a cornerstone of their rituals. The process begins with moulding various grounded materials (white clay filler) into a stick of chalk, which is then used to inscribe letters on a special type of board. This board is known as Kradan Chai
Before any esoteric studies can commence however, a Krop Kru
The art of making sacred powders, is the first skill he is tasked with mastering. The crafting of these powders is closely associated with the practice of meditation, as it requires focus and intense fine-motor skills. 3 aspects of the aspiring adept are honed in the process;the physical, when he uses his hands to inscribe the sacred characters, speech; through the incessant recitation and invocation of spells during the writing process, and the mind; as intense focus is required to ensure that no mistakes are made, and that the protocols are followed to the tee. Any missteps could render the entire process futile, and the resulting powder, powerless.
There are 5 broad categories of powder, Pattamung, Ittijay, Maharach, Puttakoon, and Trinisinghay. They stem from the same raw material, and the same set of powder goes through the process of 5 different consecrations consecutively to derive Pattamung, Ittijay, Maharach, Puttakoon, and Trinisinghay.
Creating the chalk
The chalk used in the inscriptions, is made up of the following ingredients:
- Din Jed Pong(soil from seven salt licks)
- Din Jed Tah(soil from seven harbours, or watersides)
- Din Sao Lak Muang Jed Lak(soil from seven City pillars)
- Kee Tao Sai Tien(the ashes from wick of a candle used to worship the Buddha)
- Dok Kalong(Kalong flower) Snowy Orchid, Bauhinia acuminata L.
- Yod SaWad(the topmost shoots of the Sawad tree) Caesalpinia bonduc
- Yod RakSorn(the topmost shoots of Rak Sorn tree) Giant Indian Milkweed / Crown Flower
- Kee Klai SayMah(scurf from the boundary marker of a temple)
- Kee Klai Pratoo Wang(scurf from Palace gate)
- Kee Klai Sow Taloong ChangPeuak(scurf from a post to which a White Elephant is tied)
- Rajapruek(Cassia fistula)
- ChaiyaPleuk(Java Cassia)
- Plu Ruam Jai(betel leaf)
- Plu Sorng Hang(betel leaf with twin lobes in the same leaf)
- GraJehTaNow, otherwise known as Thanaka
- Namman Jed Ros(seven flavors of oil)
- Din Sor Phong(white clay filler)
Mix all the material, and grind thoroughly. The resulting powder is mixed with a little water, before being moulded into chalk. The components of the chalk may vary from school to school.
The powder must be made within the confines of a holy place, such as a temple. Before commencing the ritual, novices should always make offerings to the Buddha as tribute, and then anoint their bodies with holy water. The spirit of their teacher, dead or alive, should be invoked, to amplify the sanctity of the ceremony. The first class of powder usually attempted by novices, is Phong Pattamung
1. Phong Pattamung
Pattamung is the introductory scripture in the study of Thai magic, akin to a elementary school education. The ancient Pattamung scripture is suspected to have existed since the Ayutthaya
The Pattamung scripture describes the legend of the world’s creation, summarised below.
In the beginning, there was a great void, a stark emptiness staring through time and space. And then there was water. Endless deluges of it, flowing into the emptiness of existence. The water began to dry up, and land began to appear. Thao Sahumbodee Phrom
With a deft sweep of the hand, he sowed the grass that would bind the land, across the 4 corners of this burgeoning domain. The water continued to recede, and from it, emerged fragrant verdant fields.
Drawn down from the heavens by the wafting aroma of creation, the Brahma deities descended to feast upon the soil and its bounty, chaining themselves to this mortal realm in the process, never to return. They settled into this new frontier, becoming the ancestors of modern-day humans. (For further reading, refer to the Aggañña Sutta of Theravada Buddhism)
The patron deity of sacred powders, as a result, is Thao Sahumbodee Phrom, the first deity to appear during the inception of our universe. The Katha to invoke his blessings is as follows:
ongkarn phinthu nathung, oop pun nung, phromma sahumbodee namung, aata kap pae, su aa kha to, panja pathummung thi sa wa, na mo phut tha ya, wan ta nung, sit thi kit jung, sitthi kam mung, sitthi ka ri ya ta tha ka to, sitthi la pho nirun tarung, sitthi tae cho cha, yo nit jung, suppha kammung, prasit thi mae, suppha sitthi phawantumae
The spell for crafting Phong Pattamung begins with “Na Phin Thu”
It has a quadrilateral shape, most of them is rectangular, but there are some trapezoidal shapes, which refer to the land of the Noble Truths. There is an arc within a rectangle frame, meaning the ignorance that covers the world. The base and monk are in a triangular form representing Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha.
After the Phong Pattamung powder is completed, fragrance may be added through the addition of Kritsana
The most important step in using Pattamung for Kongkrapan Chatree is the addition of bile from a black chicken, boa, turtle, wild cow or tiger, dew, or the water from a melting hailstone. The consecrated powder is used to tattoo the characters “Na Pattamung Phin Thu”
2. Phong Ittijay
There are many formulas for Ittijay, but the key is to follow the ”itha iti iti atsa uthung ahung akkhung ahung ahung ithung amma atsa”
The resulting Phong Ittijay may be mixed into perfume or lip balm, or put in food meant for the target of the spell. The powder should be mixed with nipple blood in order to become exceptionally potent. Some texts describe the romantic enchantments resulting from the application as exceedingly potent, breakable only in death. A minute waft of this powder onto himself renders the owner incredibly fascinating to the object of their affections. It is considered the ultimate form of supernatural charm. The Katha for the application of Phong Ittijay is:
Ji jay ru ni, na cha li ti, na ma pha tha, phuk jit phuk jai, jong long, ram phueng khlueng khlao nung fao pak thang, nung yiem na tang, khruang khram tha win, ying gin ying long, chai gin chai ngong, phit sa wad long lai, na fueng, hua jai, phut tha, ao e nan ma, mao som soo, ya yu duay gan jon tua dtai
3. Phong Maharach
The scripture ‘Maharach’ describes the protocol for the creation of Maharach powder. It is an invaluable book for cultivating Metta, useful for both genders. To make Maharach, Ittijay powder is molded into chalk and is then consecrated in a similar inscribe-erase-bless fashion, in accordance with the procedures for Maharach.
The most popular method for creating Maharach powder, involves the “setting” of 5 names; Chao
This is the core of the Maharach scripture, a magical character often used as the emblem of the King in days gone by.
The resulting powder is believed to help your charm to flourish, in addition to supporting you in all other aspects of your life. Through enhancing your charm, inadvertently influences all other pursuits in a positive manner. It is especially efficacious for people engaging in trade and industry, as well as for people looking to expand their social circle, as the judicious application will magically cause people to regard you with increased mercy, empathy, and familiarity.
4. Phong Puttakoon
Puttakoon is molded from the remaining chalk leftover from Maharach production. In much the same manner as earlier examples, it is consecrated by the Puttakoon formula by inscribing characters, erasing them, and storing the resulting powder. To make this powder, the spell ii ti pi so pha kha wa
Phong Puttakoon, by virtue of its association with the Lord Buddha, is considered highly potent. It offers comprehensive protection from everything, ranging from calamity to misfortune to black magic. It has especially powerful Klaew Klad, safety, and offers enhanced Metta Mahaniyom.
5. Phong Trinisinghay
As with all earlier classes of powder, Trinisinghay is molded from the scraps remaining from Puttakoon creation. The requisite formula for Trinisinghay is used. This particular powder, however, is closely associated with angels.
It is believed that Trinisinghay powder protects users from weapons, injury, and the supernatural. It is also used to shield homes from calamity, including protecting the occupants from diseases and misfortune. It repels all bad things through overwhelming power.
Although the steps used in the creation of each powder are cast in stone, each school may choose to focus on their own specific forms. Although all the powders possess their own unique qualities, their inherent spiritual power means that in a pinch, they may be pressed into service for the enhancement of marginally similar aspects of life, spanning the gamut of their owner’s personal needs.
Special thanks to Wat Samakkhi Khunawas (Nong Phang Ngai), Ta Khan subdistrict, Bankhai district, Rayong province, Thailand for providing the pictures accompanying this article.