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Article Date : 27 May 2012
Article Author : Chris Jones

Hoon Payont - The ''Robot'' Amulet


The Hoon Payont or robot amulet is a popular pim but relatively few people actually have a good understanding of this amulet, myself included or indeed realise that it is quite an old amulet and not a modern day pim as the name may suggest.

The science to create Payont is highly specialized and based on archaic knowledge, A knowledge in fact based on the principles of the 4 or 5 cosmic elements, without which  it would not be possible to breathe life into the inanimate effigy

These critical elemental components are

Din (soil),

Nam (water),
Fai (fire),

A fifth cosmic force is known as Akasha














All are thought to be essential to human life itself. In early belief physical properties are assigned to the elements: earth is solidity; water is cohesion; fire is temperature; air is motion; and space is the spatial dimension that accommodates the other four active elements.

In addition, the elements are correlated to different emotions, temperaments, directions, colors, tastes, body types, illnesses, thinking styles, and character. From the five elements arise the five senses and the five fields of sensual experience; the five negative emotions and the five wisdoms; and the five extensions of the body. They are the five primary pranas or vital energies.

They are the constituents of every physical, sensual, mental, and spiritual phenomenon.

Sacred kathas are also required to imbue the Payont with life-force or spiritual energy and thus giving what is essentially an inanimate object a consciousness and an intelligence of some kind.


You will find that Payont are more often than not created from or contain clays and soils, which are thought to be spiritually active . a living entity in itself from which all life stems, mother earth,

Many Payont are believed to be potent spirit forces that are able to depart and return to the idol to do their masters bidding. It is common practice for   payont to be used for protection and often employed for example by farmers to safeguard crops or for protection of  business premises. Another popular practice is to carry a payont in the car as a means to prevent accidents

Payont can either  be carried on the person, taken with you wherever you go as a means of personal protection or can be stationed in a single location with a specific task.

Sacred Materials to Create Hoon Payont 

 Most Hoon Payont are made according to an ancient scared science known as Vicha Pook Hun. The creation of Hoon Payont amulets is quite old and not a modern amulet as many believe. In fact there are records of this type of amulet being create several hundred years ago.


The original Hoon Payont Amulets were made from

Ya Prak (a kind of Thai grass)

Sacred cloth (Pha Yant)

Nowadays the components have changed quite significantly but in general there are only a few specific items used by most monks that create these kind of amulets.

 Modern Materials

Tapoo Sangkawanorn (a kind of black-magic nail)
Coffin steel (usually collected from 7 graveyards)
Steel collected from funeral pyres.
Ngern Pak Pi or coins deposited in the mouth of a corpse.
Coffins’ nails collected (usually collected from 9 temples)
Other sacred metals; soils and clay.

Famous Hoon Payont

You may be surprised to know that one of the most famous monks to have created Hoon Payont amulets was in fact Luang phor Suk of Wat Makhamtao.


           He used tree branches of Mai Tok to create the bodies of each Hoon Payont amulet, which he also carved with spells. Actually Mai Tok was used by monks to sprinkle Holy Water onto the heads an bodies of worshippers.

After he had created the body he would cover them cloth collected from the corpses of those who had deceased on a Saturday and cremated on a Tuesday, both of which are considered very powerful and auspicious days to create such amulets.

He would then bind the Hoon Payont with Sai Sin or sacred string collected from three graveyards. This sacred thread was important as it is was believed to have the power to control spiritual entities.

A scared spell named “Hua Jai Nukrop Depa Yont” would be carved onto the Hoon Payont amulets to further increase efficacy.

The amulet would be immersed in water that had been created using a variety of sacred plants such as:

Bai Tarn
Bai Larn
Bai Kanun
Bai Koon
Bai Payung
Bai Ruk
Bai Jun


Finally the body would be covered with black lacquer before a small blade was placed into the hand of each Hoon Payont amulet.

Luang Phor Suk's Hoon payont were popular with servicemen that were exposed to danger such as the police or military, or indeed woman that felt exposed and required protection. In that era they were also highly popular with many households or business owners.

Ajahn Prasut Piyadharmo, a famous monk of Wat Naitao, and student of Wat Khao-or, was also famous for his Hoon Payont amulets.

Interestingly he was one of the first monks to have created female Hoon Payont amulets which were obviously popular with women.

His Hoon Payonmt were carved with the following spells.

Na Ma Pa Ta and Ta Pa Na Ma, which were carved onto the head of the amulet
Na Mo Bud Dha Ya  and  Ya Dha Bud Mo Na, which was carved onto the two arms of each amulet
Jittung Puriso, which was carved to create a sacred male robot
Jittung Pakinimay, which was carved to create a sacred female robot
Ahung Nupa  and  Ga Nu Hung, which were engraved onto the two legs of each amulet

The bodies of  each Hoon Payont amulet were then covered with

Soil collected form seven graveyards
Soil collected from seven piers
Soil collected from rice fields
Soil collected form Buddhist temples


Other famous modern day monks include

Phor Tan Kloi Anohmoh, Wat Poo khaotong, Patthalung

Luang Phor Jua, Wat Glang Bang Kaew