Amulet & talisman (佛牌) can be dated all the way back to early civilization. They are believed to bring great luck and protection to the wearer. Thai Amulet (泰国佛牌) is a type of amulet (佛牌) centered around Buddhist philosophy and culture. Oftentimes amulets (佛牌) will have different Buddhist images including the Buddha （释迦牟尼佛）, Guan-In（观四音菩萨）, Phra Somdej （崇迪佛牌), Phra Pidta (必打佛牌), Phra Sivali, images of past famous monks and sometimes even the makers of the Thai Amulet (泰国佛牌). Thai amulet (泰国佛牌) is usually blessed and consecrated by monks in a Buddhist temple distributed to worshipers and supporters in exchange for donations. These donations are further used towards raising funds and other charity work including school donations, building of hospitals, building of temples, donations given to under privileged people, fund raising for temple and etc… In general, Thai amulets (泰国佛牌) not only bring people faith in Buddhism, but also spread an overall positive energy to the community and people involved.
The culture of Amulet (佛牌) in Thailand began even before Buddhism was introduced at around the 12th century. Ancient Thai tribal people collected and worshiped amulets (佛牌) that were consecrated by shaping of different stones, clay, soil and other materials that were present during that era. When Buddhism was officially introduced in Thailand, Buddhist Thai monks adapted to this amulet(佛牌) making culture and applied it towards the Thai version of Buddhism. Thai amulet （泰国佛牌）started to gain popularity at around the 1800s during King Rama V era. During that time, a very well known powerful monk named Somdej Toh of Wat Rakhang consecrated what Thai people believed to be the most powerful amulet produced named Phra Somdej （崇迪佛牌）.The Phra Somdej （崇迪佛牌）is still one of the most Buddhist image on Thai amulets （泰国佛牌）, but the most powerful Phra Somdej （崇迪佛牌）is still ones consecrated by the originator Somdej Toh.The most famous and valuable Thai amulet （泰国佛牌）are called ‘BenjaPakee’（佛牌全五行）. This is a collection set of 5 Thai amulet including Phra Somdej of Wat Rahkang, Phra Rod, Phra Nang Phaya, Phra Phong Suparn and Phra Soomgor.
The word ‘Benjapakee’ is from ancient language Pali. Benja means 5 types & Pakee means members or grouping. Therefore, Benjapakee means 5 different types of amulet (佛牌) group together as a set. These 5 types of Thai amulet（泰国佛牌） are the most sought after by worshippers and are extremely valuable with prices increases as time passes.
Phra Somdej （崇迪佛牌）Wat Rakang is considered the most respected Thai amulet in Thailand and is nicknamed ‘King of Amulet’ within the Benjapakee group of Amulets (佛牌). Phra Somdej was created by Somdej Phra Buddhacara Toh Prommarangsi (Somdej Toh). He began consecrating the amulet (佛牌) at Wat Rakhang (Temple of Bells located in Bangkok Thailand) starting from B.E. 2409 until his passing at B.E. 2415 at the age of 85. He consecrated more than 80,000 + amulet (佛牌) during this period of time while he was alive and distributed them to his followers and communities who regularly supported him and his temple. Somdej Toh is of royal descendant. His father was King Rama II and his mother was Nang Kwak. Due to his amazing abilities and strong knowledge in understanding in Buddhist teachings, he was named and appointed abbot of Wat Rakhang at a very young age. Moreover, he achieved the highest status monkhood of Thailand in B.E. 2415.
The materials used to consecrate Phra Somdej （崇迪佛牌）comprises various holy powders made flower pollen, shell lime, temple oil, aches from incenses, rice, banana leaf and etc… During the consecrating process, materials are mixed together and chanted jointly by monks of Wat Rakhang led by Somdej Toh for an extended period of time. Thereafter, the materials are hand press into wood molds carefully and made into the shape of the Somdej amulet （崇迪佛牌）. The molded amulets (佛牌) pieces are then again chanted by monks until the consecration process is complete.
Somdej amulet （崇迪佛牌）prays to pass on good karma to all living things around the world. The goal is to spread positive energy and in return good, positive and luck will be blessed through the amulet to the wearer.
Phra Nang Phaya amulet (女王佛牌) was first discovered during Ayutthaya era at Phitsanulok province in B.E. 2444 at the Buddhist temple Wat Nang Phaya. Legend has it that some workers first discovered this type of amulet (佛牌) when they were digging a hole at the temple site in preparation for a stage before a visit from King Rama V. They later discovered Phra Nang Phaya amulets (佛牌) buried underneath the soil. Shortly after this discovery, they also found many other Phra Nang Phaya buried at other temples near this site. Wat Nang Phaya temple was built in commemoration of the Queen at the time who was the mother of King Naresuan, so the Thai people nicknamed Phra Nang Phaya ‘Queen of Thai Amulet’ which became a legend passed down from generations to generations.
Phra Rod Amulet (帕洛佛牌) is also known as the ‘escape amulet’ because of the ability to protect and help wearer’s escape danger. It was first discovered during King Rama V era inside a collapsed stupa at Wat Mahawan in Lamphun Province. A lot of magical stories are associated with the power and protection Phra Rod (帕洛佛牌) has brought to the wearer of this Thai amulet (泰国佛牌). It is said to have very strong Buddhist power especially in protection, misfortune and safety. Phra Rod Amulets (帕洛佛牌) are made of red clay and the oldest amulet can be dated up to over 1000 years ago.
Phra Phong Suphan amulet (朋素潘佛牌) was from Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat at Suphanburi Province. Story has it that Phra Phong Suphan (朋素潘佛牌) was discovered by thieves during a heist at a local temple. They stole many different amulet (佛牌) that were buried underneath the temple and many of the amulets (佛牌) dug up were made of gold. After this incident, the government issued a total dig up at the temple site to uncover what actually lies beneath the undergrounds. They found many different type of Thailand amulets buried. Among these Thai amulet （泰国佛牌）they uncovered Phra Phong Suphan (朋素潘佛牌).
Phra Phong Suphan (朋素潘佛牌) is believed to be the strongest amulet （泰国佛牌）created. The general shape of this amulet (佛牌) is triangular with the Buddha images seated in the ‘Manvichai’ Posture. They have a protruding chest and oftentimes the back of the amulet (佛牌) is imprinted with the fingerprint of the master monk.
Phra Som Kor (拍順哥富貴佛牌) is well known amulet (佛牌) for its ability to bless the wearer with great fortune and protects against poverty. This Thai amulet （泰国佛牌）was first discovered during B.E. 2392 at a temple called Wat Phra Borumathat at Kamphaeng Phet Province. This Thai amulet （泰国佛牌）is considered as the oldest in the Benjakapee amulet group. The oldest Phra Som Kor amulet (拍順哥富貴佛牌) is estimated to be over 500 years old. The value of Phra Som Kor is extremely high due to the rarity and forever increasing demand. However, do be careful when deciding to purchase such a valuable piece due to there being many fakes out there in the market. The probability of purchases a fake Phra Som Kor (拍順哥富貴佛牌) is definitely higher than actually finding an authentic one. Be extremely careful and only purchase amulets (佛牌) with certificates of authenticity before deciding to make the purchase.
The effects of Thai Amulet (泰国佛牌) differs from people to people depending on numerous factors. These factors include amulet materials used, type of amulet, maker/Monk, consecration method, blessing ceremony duration and many other factors. There are 2 main categories of Amulet, one uses white magic and the other one uses black magic. Most amulets (佛牌) consecrated by famous monks and temples use only pure good magic by spreading good Karma to all living things and thus blessing the amulet with positive energy and luck. However, on the other hand, there are numerous monks using black magic to bless the amulets (佛牌). Black magic uses materials that usually associated with dead remains and ashes. For example, Kuman Thong is consecrated by monks using ashes of children or Fetus of unborn babies. Black magic is considered quite safe in Thailand because most monks are powerful enough to understand how to tam these dead souls. Amulets (佛牌) using black magic are generally stronger but may exhaust your body if worn continuously without rest.
Millions of Thai amulets (泰国佛牌) are consecrated from temples all over Thailand yearly. Some amulets (佛牌) increase in value over time while majority of the amulets (佛牌) are worth nothing. The value of an amulet (佛牌) depends on the market. If the market has a strong demand for a certain Thai amulet (泰国佛牌) but supply is limited, then that specific amulet (佛牌) will increase value that will trigger a further increase in price. This demand is created by the people who are seeking these amulets (佛牌). Not all amulets (佛牌) are created equal thus explains for the differences in pricing. Amulets (佛牌) created by certain masters carry higher value mainly due to its efficacy. Additionally many other factors also affects the demand including the year amulet (佛牌) was consecrated, the type of amulet (佛牌), consecration process, efficacy and etc…
Listed below is a list ranking of top 10 Thai monks and Thai Amulet Makers of all time: