Pra Benjapakee – Top Amulets of the Five Major Regions of Thailand
The Benjapakee Amulet is a Pantheon of Ancient Amulets that carry Immortal Historical Fame and Legend in the Thai Buddhist Amulet World, and are perhaps the heart of all Thai Buddhist Amulets which have arisen in a myriad of forms based in the Benjapakee Collection of amulets. The Pra Benja-Pakee is a collection of five (the word ‘Benja’ meaning ‘Five’ in Sanskrit), top amulets of each of 5 regions (the word ‘Pakee’ meaning ‘Regions’ in Sanskrit)
The Five Benjapakee Amulets of Old are;
Pra Somdej, Pra Nang Paya, Pra Pong Supan, Pra Rod Lampun, Pra Sum Gor
However, there also are sub variations of these five Regional amulets which most people will also class within the Benjapakee collection, such as the Pra Kong Lampun, the Pra Beum Lampun, are alsop two pra Kru amulets of Lampun Province which are as highly valued as the Pra Rod.Each Region has its own ‘Benjapakee’ with its own top five amulets of its region. One can also find ‘Benjapakee’ collections of one single type of amulet, such as the ‘Benjapakee’ of Look Om Sacred Powder Ball amulets or the Benjapakee of Top Five Regional Pra Pid Ta Amulets.. This is of course a Folk Tradition and so one can find the word Benjapakee used in more than just the case of the classic historical Ancient Amulets known as the classic original Benjapakee Collection.
Pra Somdej Wat Rakang Long Rak Pid Tong Pim Chang Luang Wijarn Circa 2396 BE Gold Leaf Red Lacquer & Certificate Free Gold Casing
A Master Class ancient amulet of the Benjapakee Immortal Classic Family, the Pra Somdej Wat Rakang Pim Chang Luang Wijarn, with Rak Chart (ancient red lacquer) Pid Tong (gold leaf), of the great Somdej Pra Puttajarn (Dto) Prohmrangsri of Wat Rakang Kositaram, this model is an extremely attractive Pim Niyom model of the 'Chang Sip Moo' Artisan Chang Luang Wijarn.This amulet comes with the offer of free gold casing if desired (can take from 3 - 7 days to custom encase with waterproofing).
A truly ancient amulet made Circa 2390 - 2396 BE. The rear face of this exhibit is inimitable and has immensely beautiful markings, of a classic Pra Somdej Wat Rakang. Various exhibits display different textrures on the rear faces, for they were laid on various surfaces to sun dry, ranging from marble stone to mai gradan wooden boards. In truth, no two Pra Somdej Wat Rakang are the same, and each amulet has its own individual character, which is of course one of the many aspects which form part of what makes the Pra Somdej Wat Rakang the title holde or 'King of Thai Amulets'.
The amulet comes with the A4 size certificate of authenticity as a Pra Somdej Wat Rakang Long Rak Pid Tong of Somdej Pra Puttajarn (Dto) Prohmrangsri, with definition of the preferred artisan as authentic issued from the Pra Tae Mueang Siam Amulet Association.
An Immortal Classic and one of the most famous Thai Buddhist Amulets of all time, as well as being amongst the top preferred amulets of the serious devotee and wealthy collector of the accepted amulets of Somdej Pra Puttajarn (Dto) Prohmrangsri, of Wat Rakang Kositaram, whose Pra Somdej are the number one amulets of all time, be they from Wat Rakang, Wat Bang Khun Prohm,or Wat Gaes Chaiyo. Made almost 2 centuries ago, the Pra Somdej Wat Rakang can be considered the number one amulet of all time in Thailand for its historical fame and legendry, and that of its maker.
The Pra Somdej Amulets of Somdej Dtonare officially recognized as coming from one (or all) of four Royal temples; Wat Intrra Wiharn (Bang Khun Prohm Nai), Wat Gaes Chaiyo, Wat Hmai Bang Khun Prom, and of course last but not least,Wat Rakang Kositaram. Most of these amulets are given a Puttapisek blessing ceremony in the temple where they were made, but then travel to at least two or three of the other temples to be laid under the 'Pra Pratan' (main Buddha statue in the shrine), and absorb the prayers of the Sangha (Monks), for further sacredness and power. Pra Somdej is one of the 'Benja Pakee' official set of five national amulets of Thailand seen as the most sacred, desirable and representative of every region of Thailand. In recent decades various Kru hiding place finds have been discovered in temples where Somdej Dto built statues and traveled, such as the Kru Wat Kanlayanamit, and Kru Wat Sadter finds.
This amulet comes with its certificate of authenticity in form of a A4 sized plastified certificate photo of the Chomrom Pra Tae Mueang Siam Amulet Appreciation society and complimentary box with authenticity confirmation sticker. We offer free Solid Gold, Solid Silver, Stainless Steel, or Waterproof Casing with this amulet, whichever you prefer. Free EMS Shipping is also included in the price
The rear face shows the presence of all the classic features and muan sarn ingredients of a true Pra Somdej Wat Rakang of Somdej Dto, with a beautiful lined pattern resulting from shrinkage and drying over almost two centuries of ageing, and which has added to the character and increases the ease of authentication. This kind of rear face pattern is highly preferred amongst aficionados and serious devotee-collectors, for its classic aged appearance.
The contents of the Muan Sarn Sacred Clay reveal the necessary aspects and content expected from an authentic Pra Somdej Wat Rakang. The design of the front face is exquisite, as were all the block presses carved for Somdej Dto by the artisan Luang Wijarn, one of the royal artisans of the Chang Sip Moo group of artisans.
Pra Somdej Wat Rakang is one of the classic Pra Somdej amulets of Somdej Dto available, along with Pra Somdej Wat Gaes Chaiyo, and the Pra Somdej Wat Bang Khun Prohm amulet as far as popularity, beauty, sacredness of Puttapisek ceremony and price range.
The Pra Somdej Wat Rakang amulet is the Keystone and Master amulet (Ongk Kroo) for all other Pra Somdej amulets. It is an image in the likeness of the Buddha sitting on a Dais, which was essentially created by Somdej Pra Puttajarn (Dto) Prohmrangsri, of Wat Rakang Kositaram. There are various different ‘Pim’ (models) with varying design features.
The Pra Somdej Wat Rakang, are considered to have extremely powerful Buddha magic in them due to the richness of sacred powders and powerful blessings contained within from great master Somdej Dto. Its general appearance is that of an oblong about 2.4 cm wide up to 4 cm high (varies between these sizes), made from white sacred powders mixed together. The Pra Somdej Wat Rakang Kositaram Pim Gaes Talu Sum is Similar to the Pra Somdej Pim Pra Pratan, but has the ‘Pra Gaes’ Topknot piercing the arch at the top of the amulet. The Pim Jarod Sum touches the arch or approaches it.
The main Ingredients of the amulets (Muan Sarn Samkan) were made from a base of sea shells, dried rice left from alms round, the five sacred magic powders of Somdej Dto, and ‘Nam Man Dtang Iw’ (special oil for mixing). Nam Man Dtang Iw, or Tung Oil in English, is a preferred oil for mixing and curing amulets with, for it is superior to any other oil as far as water resistance is concerned (one reason why Pra Somdej amulets can be soaked in water without going soft). The oil is much more resistant to mold than its derivatives, such as linseed oil.
The Dtamra must be made by creating exactly 84,000 amulets, equal to the number of Suttas of the Tripitaka. There are different Pim Song (shapes and sizes) of Pra Somdej Wat Rakang, but those which are officially recognized and listed by the ‘wongarn Pra Krueang’ as far as Somdej Wat Rakang amulets are concerned, basically consist of the following officially recognised Pim of Pra Somdej amulets; Pim Pra Pratan, Pim Yai Niyom, Pim Chedi, Pim Prok Po, Pim Gaes Bua Dtum, Pim Gaes Talu Sum, and Pim Thaan Saem.
Somdej Wat Rakang amulets have various surface textures, categorized as 'Nuea Laiad' (fine texture cement mixture), 'Nuea Hyaab'' (rough textured cement mixture), 'Nuea Gae Nam Man Dtang Iw' (old looking textured cement mixture), otherwise known as 'Nuea Sangkhayaa', and 'Nuea Gae Bpoon' (old cement mixture).The basic structure of the design of the classic Somdej, (and almost all Somdej amulets from other temples too), is that of the Lord Buddha sitting inside a Bell (the word 'Rakang' means 'Bell' – 'Wat Rakang' means 'Temple of the Bell').
This is the primary importance of the Somdej amulet in the sense that Somdej from most temples depict the Buddha sitting within a bell which is represented by the arch. The arched structure in amulets is called a 'Sum'. Although these rules do not necessarily always apply (there are a lot of Somdej which are in circulation which are most certainly authentic, but which are not preferred in the collector scene)
There are many less preferred editions which do not fulfill these standard rules of recognition, which is of course one of the reasons why some Somdej Wat Rakang amulets are able to sell for high prices and enter competition, get certificated etc, and why some are not, despite their most probable authenticity.
The difference in the various mixtures made for each 'Pim' have led to differing textures and appearances in the Pra Somdej collections, which provides for a varied and fascinating niche interest, which one can verily spend a whole lifetime studying and accumulating experience and knowledge about this, the King of all amulets.