Luang Phor Mun

Luang Phor Mun

by Jun Wei

Being one of the guru monks of Thailand, Phra Kru Prasat Khantakun or Luang Phor Mun Intabanyo was the former abbot of Wat Prasat Yer in Sri Saket. He was born in BE 2429 and had passed on in BE 2522 at the age of 93 having spent numerous years in monkhood as he was ordained as a novice since the age of 12. 

During his monkhood, he would spend many years living in the forests between the borders of Thailand and Cambodia whereby he would master his Kammathana mindfulness and Wicha Akom. It was until many years later that he returned, and stayed at Wat Prasat Yer which was the district that he was born in and had remained at the temple to perfect his practice and to use his knowledge to do charitable deeds for the people living in the region.  

One thing to mention is that his amulets are also relatively popular amongst amulet collectors especially his Rian which were released in various years. It can be said that most of his Rian has become the Pim Niyom category. 

In BE 2507, Luang Phor Mun released out one batch of Rian known as  ‘Rian Run Raek‘  which has two different versions, ‘Pim Sor Hang San’ (short tailed Thai letter ส), and ‘Pim Sor Hang Yaw’ (long tailed Thai letter ส). 

In BE 2508, Luang Phor Mun released another batch of amulets as this batch of amulets was consecrated to be distributed out to the local devotees that visited the temple to pray, practice Dharma and make merits through almsgiving. 

In BE 2509, a series of different amulets was released by the committee of devotees of Luang Phor Mum.  However not all amulets in this series were documented. Those that are documented are : Phra Kring Sor Gor, 1st edition rings, Roop Tai Luang Phor Mun, Roop Lor Luang Phor Mun, Takrut, and Rian Luang Phor Bun Ma which was made in reverence for Luang Phor Bun Ma, who was one of Luang Phor Mun’s Kruba Ajarn. A large blessing ceremony was given to bless the amulets with some of the well-known guru monks present to co-bless the amulets as well. 

In BE 2510,  another Rian was released as this Rian can be known as Rian Song Luang Phor Bun Ma. As it shows Luang Phor Bun Ma on one side and Luang Phor Mun on another side. This time not only were Rian amulets released out, Phayant, Takrut and Powder forms of amulets were also released.

In BE 2512, it saw the release of Phra Chaiyawat Luang Phor Mun which was the second batch of Phra Kring that Luang Phor Mun cosnecrated. As the first batch of Phra Kring was released on BE 2509. In BE 2512, Luang Phor Mun also released the Rian Roop Arm coin  and the 3rd edition Ring. 

Between the year BE 2514-2515,  the release of the Rian Tao reed and Rian Por Bor Ror and Luang Phor Mun’s famous ‘Phra Somdej Lang Suea’ was released in this year. Phra Somdej Lang Suea is an extremely popular amulet which is rarely seen, due to its aesthetic beauty and rarity. Also  during this timespan saw the release of Rian Tee Tam Ngaan Sor Por Or Mueang and Rian Arm Hlang Por-Bor-Ror. One the later part, Rian Sala Garn Bprian  (also known as ‘Rian Hnaa Ban’) was released. Rian Glom Run Pised, Hwaen Por-Bor-Ror Royal Insignia ring and other amulets were distributed out as well.

In BE 2516, Luang Phor Mun released a batch of powder amulets that were in various shapes and designs at Wat Prasat Yer, Wat Maha Puttaram and Wat Pra Dto. Some of the more well known Pim released were:  Phra Somdej Lang Roop Muean Luang Phor Mun, Phra Somdej Lang Luang Phor Mun Han Khang, Phra Somdej Jumbo, Phra Somdej Pim Pratan Porn, and the Roop Muen Nur Wan amulet.

During BE 2516, one of the amulets with a story behind it was released. When a regiment of G.I.s from the United States arrived in Udon Thani in preparation to fight the Vietnam War. The American soldiers took some of Luang Phor Mun’s amulets to shoot at with their guns to test if the “magic” was real or not. It turned out that their guns would not fire and so the G.I.s were amazed and grew in faith with Luang Phor Mun. hence they traveled to Wat Prasat Yer and asked if they could fund a batch of amulets as sponsors, to make for protection. And so one batch of amulets were consecrated alongside some Phra Somdej amulets with english writing on it and some small round Pim Jantr Loi Muan Sarn Sacred Powder amulets also with english writing on  it.

In  BE 2517, Phra Ajarn Fern is the abbot of Wat Intrawiharn (Bang Khun Prohm) in Bangkok, collaborated with the Munlaniti Prasat Khantakun Foundation of Luang Phor Mun to consecrate an edition of amulets, blessed by Luang Phor Mun at Wat Prasat Yer, which were then given to Phra Ajarn Fern to take to Wat Intr (Wat Bang Khun Prohm) to further bless and then distribute it out. The amulets were distributed out and had collected funds from donations of devotees used to pay for the construction of a wall around the Uposatha shrine room of Wat Samakee Patanaram and to perform restorations at Wat Prasat Yer.

This edition saw the ‘Rian Nak Glaam’ ‘which had two block press molds, one from Wat Intrawiharn, and one from Wat Prasat Yer. ‘Rian Chang Sam Siarn’ 3 headed Erawan elephant God Rian was also released along with some Phra Pong Roop Muen Pasom Sen Gesa powder cameo amulet of Luang Phor Mun with monk hairs in the Muan Sarn Sacred Powders. Phra Pidta Nur Wan 108, Roop Lor Loi Ongk Statuettes, other Roop Muen Powder amulets, Lockets, Takrut Tone Nur Ngern silver Yantra scroll amulet, some Pha Yant Yantra cloths, some Hwaen magic rings and a batch of See Pheung Nam Man Prai Metta Balm.

By BE 2519, Luang Phor Mun was at the age of 90 and the committee of his devotees decided to made a batch of amulet to celebrate the occasion which included Rian Cheed Sum Ganok in two models, ‘Baeb Mee Hoo’ (with pendant hole) and ‘Baeb Mai Mee Hoo’ (without pendant hole), the Hwaen Tor Bor Kor ring, Roop Lor Loi Ongk Statuettes, Takruts, and other amulets

In BE 2520, the Bangkok Bank company asked permission to donate and make merits to create and sponsor Rian Dork Bua Lotus, in two models, the Pim Hnaa (thick) and Pim Bang (thin).The Rian has a lotus design insignia on it which is also the logo of the bank and was released along with Phra Nakprok, Roop Lor, Bucha, Takrut and Phayant.

Roop Lor, Takrut and his rings are some of his holy items that have stories reported by his devotees especially during the Indo-China – Vietnam Wartimes. The famous BE 2516 BE PAPAMUM Rian of the American G.I. sponsorship is considered to be an amulet with Kong Grapan Chadtri Klaew Klaad Maha Ud magic.

The ‘Krueang Lang’ of Luang Phor Mun were manyfold : including ‘Hwaay Look Nimit’ Rattan Arahant Balls, See Pheung, Pha Yant, Rian Rama 5, Roop Tai, Mai Phai Dtan Magic Bamboo, Mitmor, many kinds of Takrut large and small, and carved animist charms in ivory, wood, bone and tooth. His carved charms were not made with a particular uniform design, mostly with each amulet looking individual, and made by hand one by one.


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