Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Chau Khun Chan Old Phra Pidta...

Chau Khun Chan Old Phra Pidta

Various Phra Pidta Phakhawan from Wat Uttamaram...

Featuring some batch and series of Phra Pidta from Wat Uttamaram, Kampung Teresek Repek. These Phra Pidta were created and produced by Wat Uttamaram, Kampung Teresek, Repek. Present wat abbot, Than Boon using the same old techniques / ways of creating pidta by late Tok Raja. Than Boon uses the Tok Raja's old pidta mould and the materials used were 108 Wanj, Tok Raja and Chau Khun Chan broken pidta amulets and painted / coated with Janrakh tree wax.

This Phim Yai Phra Pidta with wide open legs.

This small phim pidta with a narrow legs open.

Below is another version of Phra Pidta which quite special compare to other phim of Phra Pidta. This the one who confusing the amulets collectors, some said it was created by late Chau Khun Chan and some said it were made by late Chau Khun Mit. Thiese pidta were 100 % hand made and hand pressed.The reverse side of Phra Pidta, the hand print marks can be seen clearly.

These superb hand pressed pidta were obtained from Wat Uttamaram in BE 2545 a year after late Chau Khun Mit cremation ceremony ! Until BE2552, these phim of pidta phakhawan were nil stock. If this phim of Phra Pidta were on the temple shelf again, that's means it's a new creation / redo batch of this phim.

According to the wat caretaker, this creating Phra Pidta techniques also been used by late Chau Khun Mit. Chau Khun Mit also created the same Phra Pidta by using the same block / mould and SOMETIMES IT'S HARD TO DIFFERENTIATE THE PIDTA MADE BY CHAU KHUN MIT or THAN BOON. Most of the Phra Pidta amulets were mixed and there's no special marks or code to differentiate the creation from both present and previous Wat Uttamaram abbots.

Doesn't matter at all...... because the power of these Phra Pidta were still the same, still superb...still powerful. It's worth renting items, compare to the mass produced, fake, imitate, propaganda and made by unqualified gurus / achan phra pidta which're flooded in both Malaysia and neighbour countries.

Tok Raja Locket - Wat Uttamaram, Kampung Teresek Repek

Erotic wood carvings in Nepali Temple...

The Pashupatinath Temple, in Bhaktapur, features erotic wood carvings engraved throughout the support beams, also known as “tunala”. Erotic artwork is a common theme across many temples in the Kathmandu valley. Bhaktapur, Nepal. Kathmandu is also known as the city of temples. Bhakatapur Durbar Square protects hundreds of different Hindu temples specially of pagoda models. Bhaktapur is filled with monuments, most terra-cotta with carved wood columns, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs, open courtyards. The city is dotted with pagodas and religious shrines. It was the ancient Kingdom of Malla Kings .
There are many myths on the status of such erotic arts on Nepali Temples. One of them is –‘According to the Hindu Myth, goddesses of lightening is very shy virgin, who would not strike upon temple with such erotic carving”. It looked like one of the way to protect the Holy temple from natural Disaster.

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Secrets of Phra Pidta of Wat Uttamaram, Repek, Finally Revealed !

Phra Pidta of Wat Uttamaram was followed the traditional way of making Phra Phakhawan of Achan Long Phor Khron. Present wat abbot, Phra Khru Boon Tham is issuing of this limited hand made edition of Phra Pidta.

Associates with the 45th anniversary ( BE 2550 ) of Khron Paranibbana, Phra Khru Boon Tham ( Than Boon ) revealed to the public the traditional ways /methods of making Phra Pidta. These methods are using / following the same methods used by Tok Raja in those day. According to the Long Chei, the pidta was created for the fund rising purposes. The purpose of making this superb Phra Pidta was due to the lack of fund to complete the Chedi and cremation hall, Achan Long Phor Khron appeared in Than Boon dreams and had ordered Than Boon to create the this special phim of Pidta amulet to be rent out to the devotees.

The Achan Long Phor Khron’s traditional mould gadget was made of 2 pieces of wood which are connected with the hinge. There were two holes on the woods surface to place the Pidta mould, hinged woods with 2 holes to fit the Pidta mould, one on each sides. The Pidta mould was made of fibre.

These two pieces of woods were pressed together tightly by using hand to mould the Pidta. The moulded Phra Pidta was painted and coated with Black Janrakh Wax or Getah Rengas Hitam ( not the normal crystal clear rengas ) by local folks. Each Pidta was individually pressed and blessed by Than Boon then.

Pictures of blessing for ALUJAKH ( Seeking Permission ) from Achan Long Phor Khron before the making pidta processes begin.

Pictures showing Than Boon is preparing the wanj.

Pictures showing Than Boon is inserting the wahn into the mould.

Pictures showing Than Boon is moulding the Pidta by pressing the two pieces of woods.

Picture showing Than Boon is applying the Black Rengas onto Pressed Phra Pidta.

Pictures showing Than Boon is picking out the Pidta from the mould.

Pictures of the successfully moulded Phra Pidta.

These traditional ways and processes were rather complicated than the modern ways. Which are using the moulding machine and the amulets were pressed and completed within a minutes compare to Long Phor Khron traditional ways. Than Boon spent around 30 to 45 minutes to complete each of the Pidta amulet. This is why Phra Pidta / Phakhawan from Wat Uttamaram is very special indeed.

Apart from this special phim of Phra Pidta. There were several phims of Phra Pidta / Phakhawan which were hand made, pressed and blessed personally by Than Boon or Chau khun Mit. In order to identify such special hand made amulets, there are some hand print marks on the reverse side of the Pidta amulets.

Some old batch of hand made Phra Pidta of Wat Uttamaram.

Modern moulding machines to produce amulets.

a. Hand press moulding machine

b. The mould / block

c. Computerize moulding machine

According to wat committee, a total of 300 pieces of this special phim Phra Pidta were made and the thambun for this pidta is RM 3999. The devotee who rent out this Pidta will be given away a tongkat too ( made of janrakh tree, which strike by lighting, a donation of amount RM699 if renting out the tongkat individually ). Do correct me if I’m wrong .

You can’t find this pidta on the wat shelves. If you are interested in, kindly contact and consult Than Boon personally. Why ? Should ask Than Boon……