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Article Date : 06 June 2011
Article Author : Chris Jones
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An Ancient Science.
During former times, Guman Thong were actually created from child corpses, usually taken from a mother who had died during pregnancy.
As you can probably imagine, the actual details of this process are rather hard to acquire due to the now highly illegal nature. From what I can gather the creator must be an adept in the specific esoteric art. He would initially establish communication with the child’s soul before using a sacred knife to remove it and generally in a location secure from interference from the spirit world. A special mantra was also recited.
In Thai tradition if this process is not performed correctly the child's mother can become a ferocious and aggressive entity, Phi Tai Tong Klom, that will give chase to, and kill the offender to retrieve the infant.
According to the ancient science, the women should have died on either a Tuesday or Saturday, believed to be the most auspicious on which to create a powerful Guman.
The actual ceremony to create the Guman would have taken place at a Buddhist temple, the only location considered secure from the spirit world. Historic references refer to the following sacred materials that would typically be required.
-Four branches from the Mai Rak tree, thought sacred and known to increase charm.
-Sacred white string or Sai Sin used to encompass the ceremony to ensure spirits are unable to escape its confines.
-Yant Mongkut Prabuddhajao - A sacred mantra placed above the ceremonial proceedings.
-Yant Trinisinghay another mantra posted in each of the eight compass directions.
- The alters which received the corpses are made from one of three types of sacred tree, namely; Kunkrao, Taokunpai and Marid.
During the creation of the Guamn another arcane spell is chanted:
Suwunno Piya Kumaro
Maha Puto Mahittigo
Suppa Ti Say Su
Watti Go Suppa Ka May Su
Ko Wa Ro Suppa Cha Na Nung
Ha Tay Ye Maha Techo Pawuttigo
Ratana Taya Nupa Vena
Ratana Taya Tay Sa Sa
Tevanung Itti Pa Lay Na
Kumaro Ja Mahittigo
Finally to complete the ceremony, thin gold plates were attached to the Guman and the following mantra was recited.
Ga Ro Hi Pitu
Vaja May Na
Sumpun Nay Na
Pra Sitti Ya
Thankfully this barbaric practice is no longer supposedly practiced in today’s modern society. Having said that recent news of several hundred aborted fetuses discovered in Bangkok have led to the rumors of the old secrets of Guman Thong.
The fetuses were found in Phai Ngern Temple on Soi Trokchan 20 in Bang Kholaem district in Bangkok and understandably forums are full of rumour and speculation.
A Modern Day Sacred Science
Today Guman Thong are created in new ways, still following the essence of tradition but in accordance with the laws of this and almost every other country.
These new ways retain the protective powers of Guman Thong but don't resort to such extreme and gruesome measures as employed by the historical Khun Paen, there are other ways to conjure up the protective child spirit.
Today guru monks create the Guman Thong amulets from various sacred materials such as wood from demolished temples, ivory, bronze and plaster and then through prayer and sacred language the child spirit is requested to enter the image.
Popular woods used to create modern day Guman Thong are from withered tress, and in particular the Star Gooseberry tree, as people believe the wood is sacred.
Not many monks still have the ability to create Guman Thong, but the most notable monk in recent times with this ability is Luang Phor Tae from Wat Sam Ngam and his disciple Luang Phor Yaem.
To create a Guman Thong the guru-monk must have specific knowledge and high level Smadhi to give the image life.
It is thought that this knowledge is passed down through the spirits of the Himpan Forest. These spirits are known to be the guardians of this arcane lore.
Luang Phor Yaem for example is known to burn his Guman Thong. Through this process he is better able to control the entity. Finally a second spirit is invited to inhabit the idol thereby increasing its power.
It is not known exactly what materials are used in the construction of the Guman Thong idol itself, but it is believed that it will undoubtedly contain graveside materials or ashes.
Sacred incantations are recited during the entire process including the final stage when the Guman Thong is painted gold and is blessed with the addition of Khmer spells to the body.
The spells are written in Khmer, (Cambodian) because the characters are believed to have runic qualities. Luang Phor Yaem always names his Guman Thong in a similar tradition to Luang Phor Tae.
Below is a typical incantation used in the creation of a Guman Thong:
Om suwanno piyakumaro mahapooto mahittigo suppatisaesuwattago suppakamaesukojaro suppachaenanunghatayae mahataechoprawattigo ruttanatayanupawaena ruttanatayataeyasa tewanung-ittipalaena kumarojamahittigo.”
A loose translation would be: “Guman Thong, King of the spirits, who has divine power, who can travel anywhere, in any direction and to anyone’s mind. I request that through the sanctity of the Triple Gems you are endowed with great power''
LP Tae best described the new process of creation when once asked about the Guman Thong figure appearing on an amulet underneath the Buddha lotus seat, LP Tae replies,
" Whatever form a Guman Thong might be, it doesn't matter at all--the most important aspect is how the monks creates and blesses it. "
Luang Phor Tae also explained that he would always ask Paya Mutjurai (the King of Death) for guidance in the choice of a suitable spirit that could be used for his Guman Thong.
It was known that LP Tae had the supernormal power to see wondering souls of the dead that roamed the surroundings.
Another famous monk of recent times is of course Luang Phor Tim of Wat Lahanrai. The method by which he created his now famous Guman Plaai is very well documented and somewhat macabre. His methods bordered on the original techniques employed for centuries until it was made illegal due to moral issues. This technique involves the use of ground bone ash, known as Guman Plaai.
Luang Phor Poon, yet another famous guru monk popular for his Guman Thong used an entirely different technique that did not involve any graveside materials or human remains.
Through incantation he invites a spirit to inhabit an idol made of wood or soil. In this case the Guman Thong is created through the knowledge and power of the master himself.
The characteristics of any Guman thong will depend entirely on the technique the master uses to create it.