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Lp Kuay created amulets in abundance throughout his life, starting from before BE 2500 until his death. As such these make great amulets for collection. Indeed such is the quantity the serious collector will more often than not at some time sub-divide into a number of specific groups, namely;

1.      Phra Nua Phong Luan (Pure powder amulet)
2.      Phra Nua Phong pasom Din Nua Gae Phong (Powder mixed with old soil powder amulet)
3.      Phra Nua Din pasom Phong Nua Gae Din (Ground powder mixed with old soil powder amulet)
4.      Phra Nua Phong Naman (Oil powder amulet)
5.      Phra Nua Din (Ground powder amulet)
6.      Phra Nua Rae (Mineral powder amulet)
7.      Phra Nua Ta Gua Lhor (Nua Ta Gua Lhor amulet)
8.      Phra Nua Prot (Mercury amulet)
9.      Phra Nua Pong pasom Numan Gae Poon baeb Phra Somdej (Pure powder mixed with old cement oil)

These amulets can then be further categorized  as follows:

-          Amulets for special occasions
-          Moulds for other amulets
-          Moulds for his own amulets


A good example of the first category (special occasions) was the annual event held at Puttabaht Temple in Saraburi Province. LP Kuay would receive amulets from many temples or indeed actually visit other temples to secure the moulds for printing. He was particularly interested in high quality designs. These pims were distributed to worshippers at no cost.

LP Kuay was well known and highly respected and other temples would donate amulets in quantities exceeding 1000 pims at minimum cost. There is ample evidence to verify this practice, especially for Katin ceremonies and ceremonies to offer monks robes.

LP Kuay started to distribute amulets well before BE 2500 and continued to do so for well over 40 years. During that period it is known that he never stopped studying or collecting amulets.

His own pims were made to highly unique specifications and the knowledge is often well documented. One particular pim with which he is closely associated are the Waek Maan votive tablets.`

Waek Maan votives tablet (Phra Pim Waek Maan)

Phra Pim Waek Maan is the first amulet that Lp Guay created in the year of 2500 B.E. These amulets are made of powders produced from writing sacred yant on a board and erasing the text to collect the powder.  The sacred crayons included those made from itthi-jay powder, patmung powder, and jinda-manee powder.

Lp Kuay would write down the yant and erase them by himself until the quantity was considered enough to create a single which he would subsequently bless.

After completing that procedure, he would hand the pim to the poorest disciple just to test if it would make any better changes in his life. If improvements were made within the minimum length of time,  then Lp Kuay would create further pims for distribution to the public and his worshippers.


There are various types of Phra Pim Waek Maan

1. Pim Waek Maan Samati Kang Med
2. Pim Waek Maan Samati Kang reab
3. Pim Waek Maan Oak Yai
4. Pim Waek Maan Marn Wichai Kang Med.

Other inclusions for these amulets consisted of:

Pong Luang Phor Nan
Pong Luang Phor Chai
Pong Maharaat
Pong Itijae
Pong Gayson
Pong Mang
108 other auspicious powders herbs and sedges.

This combination is then mixed whilst reciting incantations and a sacred katha known as Mon Jinda

Phra Pim Waek Maan Samati Kang Med lae Kang Reab

Characteristics of Phra Pratub Nang Samati Nai Sume Jaedi Wao Luke (The Amulet of Meditating Buddha in Wao Pagoda)

Pim samati Waek Maan Kang Med features a curtain /ray of light that spreads from the centre to  perimeter of pim, a row of fish eggs to the corner.

Whereas the Phra Pim Waek Maan Samati Kang Reab does not feature the lines of fish eggs.

The votive tablet actually depicts the story Of Buddha enlightenment emanating lights rays illuminating the three worlds, freeing all life from suffering and grievance, filling the heart with wisdom and purity.

Many worshippers believe that these amulets will alleviate hardship and lead us on a path towards enlightenment.


Phra Pim Waek Maan Oak Yai

This particular pim features Buddha sitting on his throne in the Wao Pagoda. This amulet has a larger Buddha facial structure and Pagoda when compared to the other types of Phra Waek Pim Maan tablets. It has a flat pattern on the corner without fish eggs as seen in other designs.

The original Somdej Waek Maen Marawichai  Ok Yai is a very rare pim, blessed at Wat Kositaram by Luang Phor Kuay, with prices usually exceeding 3,000 USD


Phra Pim Waek Maan Marn Vichai Kang Med

The sacred characteristic of this votive tablet is a Buddha sitting on his throne at the Wao Pagoda. There is a rectangular row of fish eggs imprinted on the sides,  similar in design to Phra Pim Waek Maan Samati Kang Med, but the budhha facial structure is smaller in comparison to Phra Pim Waek Maan Oak Yai.


Block Phra Pim Waek Maan

This pim was created by Ajarn Pai of Nhong-E-Dook temple who had studied the art from Lp Kuay. He also created other pims including Phra Saan Nang Kang Med Nua Din and Phra Somdej Rasmi Song Jedi.

Essentially the  blocks used were carved from stone, a technique developed by Ajarn Pai in the year of 2500 B.E.  Ajarn Pai has since passed away but left a great amulet treasure,  Phra Pim Waek Maan Samati Kang Med.


Other Pims

Another good example of this pim is Somdej Waek Maen, Piset, Lang Bplaa-Duk and is believed to be a great amulet for Mayt-Dtaa  and Gaan-Ngaan dee, (loving kindness and luck and fortune in work)

This pim was remade in BE 2513, and this variant may also have a section of G-Won to the reverse.It was remade again in BE 2522

Other variants were released from Wat Muang-chum and Pim Waek Maen Song Chedi from Wat Hua Dayn in BE 2539