The Difference between Mekaphat and Mekasit Part 2: Experts Craftsmen
In Part 1, we explored the materials composition of both Mekaphat
Famous monks who made Mekaphat and Mekasit
Though the process of creating Mekaphat and Mekasit varies from school to school and master to master, there are a few common threads that run through myriad methods. For instance, they are almost always exclusively classified as “twin metals” in the texts describing how to create them. A prospective craftsman is required to learn and become proficient in the skills required to make both substances, or none at all.
A slew of monks have been recognised as master craftsmen of Mekaphat and Mekasit amulets, but a select few stand head and shoulder above the rest.
A master monk, highly skilled in the mystical art of alchemy. Mixing, moulding, and pouring entirely on his own to craft amulets in the image of the Buddha, he was known for his immaculate Mekaphat amulets that were beautifully cast, with no visible seams and bubbles. His amulets are some of the most prized examples of the genre, with a shiny, black and perfectly polished surface free from imperfections.
Yet another acclaimed exponent of alchemy and the esoteric arts. His advanced sorcery resulted in a Mekasit known for its particularly beautiful, glossy finish. His Mekasit amulets are renowned for being able to reverse ill-fortune. Even Luang Pu Suk of Wat Pak Khlong Makham Thao
One of the top ten most legendary monks of Thailand (see our article on the subject here). He was one of the foremost experts of alchemy in his time, and even the chief monk Phra Sangkharaj Pae of Wat Suthat
Another of the top ten most legendary monks in Thailand. His amulets, regardless of their status or scarcity, command top dollar in the market.
A master of both sorcery and meditation, he was a contemporary of Luang Pu Suk of Wat Pak Khlong Makham Thao and Luang Pu Boon of Wat Klang Bang Kaew, two very famous monks of the day. They were friends and shared knowledge with each other. It is unclear if Luang Phor Imm learnt the art of Mekaphat from Luang Phor Suk, or if they developed and refined the wiccha together. Luang Phor Imm had also exchanged knowledge with Luang Yiam of Wat Nang.
LP Imm pioneered the art of crafting mystical rings through wicha. His skills at making these rings was renowned, especially his Mekaphat ring, known for having Kongkrapan Chatree which renders wearers invulnerable to fangs and tusks of wild beasts. It is said that if anyone gets a ring from Luang Phor Imm, it is considered very lucky because he created very few pieces.
(Please read more about Luang Phor Imm, and his rings, in our article here)