Luang Por Tuad statue Wat Huay Mongkol

In the heart of Thailand’s rich spiritual history, lies the legend of Luang Por Tuad, also known as “Luang Pu Tuad,” a name that resonates deeply in every corner of the country. Whether referred to as “Luang Phor Tuat” or “Luang Pu Tuat,” this revered monk’s tale continues to capture the imagination of the Thai people.

Born over four centuries ago, towards the end of King Maha Tamaracha’s reign in Krung Sri Ayuttaya, in the humble village of Suan Jantr, Luang Por Tuad’s life began on a Friday in April, during the Buddhist Era 2125 (the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac).
image of Luang Por Tuad

From a young age, Luang Por Tuad displayed remarkable compassion and generosity despite his impoverished upbringing. He actively engaged in acts of merit, both in the Buddhist temples and in his everyday interactions with others. Notably, he never caused harm to any living beings, be they human or animal. His childhood nickname was “Luang Poo,” which means “Reverend Grandfather” in Thai.

Wat Chang Hai Temple of Luang Phu Tuad

Wat Chang Hai Temple of Luang Phu Tuad

One remarkable tale from his early years involves a gigantic snake that wrapped itself around his hammock while he was just a baby. Rather than causing alarm, this event was seen as a sign of the child’s special destiny. The family offered offerings to the snake, which subsequently departed, leaving behind a multicolored crystal on the baby’s chest. This crystal brought blessings to his family, providing them with newfound prosperity.
image of a Muan Sarn Sacred Powder Luang Por Tuad Pim Tao Reed amulet

At the age of seven, young Luang Por Tuad entered Wat Kuti Luang to begin his studies, focusing on reading, writing, and education. Remarkably, he quickly mastered the Khom script, which employs ancient Khmer characters for Pali texts. By the age of 15, he was ordained as a novice monk, receiving a mystical crystal from his mother that he would carry with him throughout his life. His spiritual journey continued as he studied with Somdej Pra Chinsaen at Wat See Hyong. Later, he ventured to Nakorn Sri Tammarat, where he honed his knowledge under Samnak Pra Mahatera Biya Tassee. While the young monk adopted the ordained name Ramoe Tammigoe, common folks affectionately called him “Jao Sameeram” or “Jao Sameeramoe.”
image of Pra Luang Por Tuad Pim Tao reed amulet from Wat Chang Hai temple
After completing his studies in Nakorn Sri Tammarat, he embarked on a journey to Ayuttaya. However, the voyage was fraught with peril. A fierce storm arose, forcing the boat to drop anchor in Chumporn district. Superstitions among the seamen led them to believe that Luang Por Tuad was the cause of the storm. They asked him to leave the boat and travel to a nearby island on a rescue boat.

As he traveled to shore, Luang Por Tuad dipped his feet into the water, and to everyone’s surprise, the water around his feet sparkled with a glowing light. The water turned out to be sweet, not salty, a sign of his miraculous abilities. The captain, saved by this act, asked Luang Por Tuad to return to the boat, where he was recognized as a “Gaeji Ajarn,” a master Guru teacher.

Upon arriving in Ayuttaya, Luang Por Tuad settled at Wat Kae temple and continued to deepen his knowledge of Dhamma and the Pali language. In a fateful turn of events, the Sri Lankan ruler, Pra Jao Wadtakaminee, sought to take control of Ayuttaya. To achieve his goal peacefully, he devised a plan involving gold coins with Pali inscriptions that contained the entire Abhidharma, an extensive Buddhist scripture.

The King of Ayuttaya was given a challenge: to translate the inscriptions on these coins within seven days. Failure to do so would result in the city falling under the rule of Pra Jao Wadtakaminee. Panic spread throughout the city, as it seemed impossible to complete the task.

A dream brought hope to the king. He dreamt of a white elephant approaching from the West, a symbol of victory. The dream also foretold the arrival of a young monk from the West who would help complete the translation of the 84,000 Abhidharma coins. The king dispatched his servants to find this young monk.

The search led them to Luang Por Tuad, residing at Wat Rachanuwaas. He matched the description from the king’s dream. With great determination, he began the task of translating the coins. The Brahmins accompanying the coins initially doubted the young monk’s abilities, but Luang Por Tuad’s wisdom silenced them. With divine assistance, he successfully completed the translation in a single evening, saving Ayuttaya.

Luang Phu Tuad 2497

Luang Phu Tuad 2497 first edition amulety of Ajarn Tim of Wat Chang Hai

Shortly after this event, a devastating plague swept through Ayuttaya, causing widespread suffering and death due to the lack of medicine. The king, in desperation, called upon Luang Por Tuad for help. Using his magic crystal and chanting incantations, he cured the sick by providing them with blessed water.

The King, grateful for Luang Por Tuad’s assistance, offered him any request he desired. However, Luang Por Tuad, true to his monastic vows, declined and returned to his hometown, where he resided at Wat Puttasingh Banpot Takoe.

Luang Por Tuad Pra Kroo Bai Diga Wat Chang Hai 2513 BE

Luang Por Tuad Pra Kroo Bai Diga Wat Chang Hai 2513 BE.

As Luang Por Tuad continued his humble life, a pirate ship kidnapped him and sailed out to sea. However, the ship mysteriously came to a halt, and Luang Por Tuad’s compassion led to a miraculous event. He provided the pirates with fresh water and then was returned to the shore, much to the relief of the locals who had been anxiously searching for him.

Luang Por Tuad’s return to his hometown brought joy, and he was given the name “Somdej Jao Pakoe.” He devoted himself to restoring the local temple, and with the help of the King, it was revitalized.

The life of Luang Por Tuad is a testament to the enduring power of faith, compassion, and selflessness in Thai history. His legacy lives on, and his name remains revered, a symbol of hope, miracles, and unwavering dedication to the well-being of others.

The legacy of Luang Por Tuad remains a testament to the enduring power of faith, compassion, and selflessness in Thailand’s history. His teachings and actions have left an indelible mark on the nation’s cultural and spiritual tapestry, and his name is revered to this day.

Lucky Goat Pae Maha Lap Luang Por Am

When speaking of the Pae Maha Lap lucky goat amulet, there is one name which stands above all others, and that is the name of Luang Por Am, of Wat Nong Grabork, in Ban Kaay Rayong. Luang Por Am was, along with Masters like Luang Por Horm of Wat Sak Hmak, Luang Por Rerm of Wat Juk Gacher, and Luang Por Chaem, considered among the top Masters of the Province, long before even the Great Luang Phu Tim of Wat Laharn Rai acheived his fame. Luang Por Am was the Kroo Ba Ajarn of the Great Luang Por Lat (Wat Nong Grabork), who is famed in his own right for his powerful Pae Maha Lap Hand Carved Goat Amuletsม which he of course mastered under the tutelage of Luang Por Am.

Pae Maha Lap Lucky Goat amulets of LP Am

Pae Maha Lap Lucky Goat and other carved amulets of LP Am

The male Goat is known for the fact that it is able to keep a whole herd of dozens of females under his ownership, through merciful and protective influence. It is thus believed that who wears the Pae Maha Lap Khao Kwai Gae Sacred buffalo horn Goat amulets of Luang Por Am, will be an owner and controller of great possessions and wealth, with grand entourage.

Below; Luang Por Am, of  Wat Nong Grabork

Luang Por Am

Luang Por Am, or ‘Pra Kroo Taep Sittaa, was one of the Great Masters of the Central-Eastern Provinces during His Era, and the ex abbot of Wat Nong Grabork from 2431 – 2490 BE. He was rrespected and revered all around the Province, and had Great fame around the Nation for his Powerful Wicha. During his lifetime he became known as the top Master for carved Lucky Goat amulets. What is less known, and is of immense interest to investigate the lineage Wicha of the Pae Maha Lap, is the fact that Luang Por Am himself received this Wicha from Luang Por Dtaeng of Wat Ang Sila.

Luang Por Am was abbot of Wat Nong Grabork between the years 2431 to 2490 BE, being a Gaeji Ajarn of around 150 years ago, and was the Kroo Ba Ajarn teacher of many other great names of the time, such as Luang Por Rerm of Wat Juk Gacher, and Luang Por Lat of Wat Nong Grabork (his successor and apprentice in magick). The Pae Maha Lap Nuea Khao Kwai Gae of Luang Por Am, is believed to possess the power to absorb Black Magick and protect the wearer/devotee from being affected.

It can be said that the Pae Maha Lap of Luang Por Am, Luang Por Lat, and now Pra Atigarn Surasit Akkawaro, the current abbot (written 2562 BE), are considered the ‘cream of the crop’, by serious devotees of the Pae Maha Lap, along with those other Great Chonburi Masters whose names carry fame for this Wicha such as Luang Phu Tim, uang Por Sakorn, Luang Phu Sin.

The Pae Maha Lap of Luang Por Am, was almost always made by carving a goat from ‘Khao Kwai Fa Pha Dtaay’, which is the horn of a buffalo which died struck by lightning in a field. It is an ancient magical belief that the horn of a lightning-struck bull or buffalo has the power of angelic beings in it, for indeed, the angelic beings of the elemental realms who control the weather, are who control these divine forces of Nature.

After the carving of the shape of the goat, Luang Por Am would then empower the Goats with incantations, and invocations of elemental powers and angelic beings, with Buddhist Blessings on top. Sometimes he would immerse them in aromatic sacred oils to consecrate them, mixed with herbal oils made from herbs and vines and flowers of the forest, with magical, healing, protective, and attraction powers. He would rebless them again and again until he felt the amulets were completely stuffed as full with magic as possible, and unable to insert any more. The magic within the amulets was hence always filled to the brim before distribution.