AMULETS WITH CHINESE WORDS

Brief Biography of Somdej To
 
BE2331: Born in Ayudhaya Province 
BE2342: Ordained as a Novice at a monastery which is now Wat(Temple) Chaiyo in Ang Thong Province at the age of seven 
BE2350: Ordained as a monk under royal patronage at Wat Phra Kaew (The Temple of Emerald Buddha) 
BE2395: Appointed as the abbot of the Wat(Temple) Rakang
BE2415: Died peacefully in the meditation posture 
With King Rama 5th
Somdej (Supreme Abbot) To With King Rama 5th
Somdet To with Scripture
Somdej To with Scripture
Sculpture of Somdej To
FAME

  Somdej To received compassionate treatments from 5 Kings of the Rattanakosin Dynasty, starting from the royal novice ordination King Rama 1st bestowed to Somdej To. Besides, Somdej To also received continuous royal grace from King Rama 2nd to 5th which implied that he gained more social recognition than any other Supreme Abbots.
AMULETS
 
  The amulets that Somdej To made are of great holiness and widely popular among Thai Buddhists. They became Thai Buddhists’ most wanted and most expensive Thai amulets in Thailand. Somdej To’s most popular amulets are made from limestone power mostly made during his reign of Wat Rakang (BE 2395 – 2415).
Somdej To’s amulets were made holy by chanting of 700 years old supernatural prays dated back to Sukothai Era in which the Abbot who applied this must be spiritually pure. 
LIMESTONE AMULETS

    These popular amulets are made from limestone and kaolin clay from China. These particular Somdej To’s amulets are historical sacred antique with age over 150 years, great sentimental value, scarcely available. Based on Buddhist art, the amulets are categorized into two broad classes 1) 3 base layer (Rakang and Bang Khun Phrom temples) and (2) 6-7-9 base layers (Chaiyo temple). Both classes of amulets come with plain and embossed back surfaces. Limestone and Kaolin clay from China were added with minor ingredients such as relics of past abbots and various sacred materials, pressed into molds, air dried or sun dried naturally. Samples of a Rakang Temple amulets and a 7 base layer of Chaiyo temple amulet. They are all plain back surfaces and made sacred by Somdej To. All these 2 amulets are certified by Thailand Genuine Somdej To and/or Benjapakee Bunamulet Club:
    Somdej To received compassionate treatments from 5 Kings of the Rattanakosin Dynasty, starting from the royal novice ordination King Rama 1st bestowed to Somdej To. Besides, Somdej To also received continuous royal grace from King Rama 2nd to 5th which implied that he gained more social recognition than any other Supreme Abbots.

FRONT
3-layer amulet of Wat Rakang
Awarded 2nd at Bun Amulet Contest 23rd July BE 2560
BACK
FRONT
CHAIYO TEMPLE’S 7 BASE LAYER AMULET OF SOMDEJ TO
BACK
CHAIYO TEMPLE’S 7 BASE LAYER AMULET OF SOMDEJ TO
Amulets with Auspicious Chinese words

  
 Historically, Chinese from mainland migrated to Siam in two occasions
 (1) In 1644 (BE 2187,Ayudhaya Era) due to political turmoil as Manchu took control oc China from Han. Han race migrated to countries in southeast Asia including Siam. This group of Chinese were highly educated and wealthy who became high ranked government officials and influential merchants in Ayudhaya Dynasty who finally became the founders of many Thai economically reputible families and business establishments. and. They were Chaoshou (Teochew) and some Hokkein (Taiwanese). One of them is “King Taksin The Great” who salvaged Siam’s independence from Burma.
 (2) The drought during BE 2471 to 2473 and the snow storm in BE 2474 caused Chinese labors to leave the country for southeast Asian countries. They became second wave of Chinese contribution to Siam admirably represented by the popular trademark phrase "One pillow, one mat.". These second Chinese wave was modest, honest, hardworking, and tactful. 
 Successive Chinese generations of both exoduses unitedly created Somdej To’s amulets with auspicious Chinese words using Rakang Temple’s molds for front surfaces during BE 2394 to 2415. Over a decade of rigorous study and research, I have discovered that these amulets show particular features as follows:
 (1) Two types are Rakang Temple’s 3-layer base and Chaiyo Temple’s 7-layer base.
 (2) Five natural organic elements (water, fire, wood, gold, soil) are strongly believed among Chinese in Thailand as superficial natural materials. They also collectively constitute each and every organic life. Symbolically, they are represented by group of auspicious colors as follows: 
  
     a) Element Water represents wisdom and Flair (colours - grey, dark blue, blue)
     b) Element Fire represents Enthusiasm and Reputation (colours - red, pink, violet)
     c) Element Wood represents Prosperity and Compassion (colour - green)
     d) Element Gold represents Strength and Justice (colours - White Silver Gold)
     e) Element Soil represents Patience and Firmness (colours - yellow, cream, orange, brown)

  (3) Auspicious Chinese words and widely popular Chinese clans appeared at the back of these amulets are ancient Chinese language dated back some many hundred years which only few modern Chinese can read. As far as I witnessed the actual amulets with my own eyes. There were only 25 Chinese collected which were certified by Benjaphakee Bunamulet Club as old enough to be made in Somdej To’s era.
SOMDEJ TO’S 25 AMULETS WITH CHINESE AUSPICIOUS WORDS (FRONT)

SOMDEJ TO’S 25 AMULETS WITH CHINESE AUSPICIOUS WORDS (BACK)
 
CHINESE BUDDHISTS WHO ARE "GENUINELY" INTERESTED TO OWN THESE AMULETS,
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Jackie Chan with Somdej TO’s amulet