Pra Kru Wat Tap Peung – Pim Sum Chinrat,

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pra kru wat tap peung

I would like to introduce you to an amulet from Sukothai province, known as Phra Kru, Wat Tap Peung. These pims were not discovered until recently when excavation work at the temple caused damage to a chedi in the monastry compound revealing a secret Kru containing these amulets made up of three different styles of pim. However it would appear according to local accounts that this was not the first time that a temple chedi had been opened to reveal these amulets.

Although the exact history behind these amulets is not known for certain there is good evidence to suggest they were blessed by Ajahn On, a previous Abbot, in BE 2473.  Locals tell a story about the temple that has been passed down through the generations.

A local villager named Nai Dao Fak Feuang  was out in the fields trapping wild animals when he spotted a rabbit in proximity to the temple. He fired at the animal but his gun failed to discharge any ammunition. This account quickly circulated the village after it was suggested that there were possibly ancient amulets or other religous artifacts buried within the vicinity, powerful enough it seems to have prevented the animal being shot.

Although this was widely believed no attempt was made to discover the possible whereabouts of the relics, that is until  another similar event occurred shortly afterwards. A cattle thief  on the run from a posse of locals hid himself in a spot very close to the location that the rabbit had a lucky escape previously, and again firearms malfunctioned.

The evidence was now overwhelming and it was generally asumed that the cause was indeed religous objects and probably contained within the temple Chedi close by. The temptations were now sufficient enough to encourage opportunist thieves to break into the chedi looking for treasure. Fortunately this break in was discovered early enough to prevent any major loss.

The Kru was opened officially and the amulets recovered and given the name Phra Kru Wat Tap Peung. The three type of pims discovered were.

1.  Pra Neua Din Pow See Mor Mai.
2.  Pra Neua Dam Pong Bailan
3.  Pra Neua Samri

These antique pims from Sukothai province are considered to be a provincial treasure because of the beautiful art exhibiting strong clarity and depth. The majority of the pims, of which few are in circulation, were made from Neua Din Pow such as the illustration above. A much lesser quantity were made from Neua Samrit, a bronze amalgam.

As mentioned previously it is believed that these amulets were blessed by a former abbot of the temple as a few had been engraved with a name and date, Ajahn On, BE 2473, making these amulets about 85 years old, consistant with the style and composition.

The former chedi was repaired by the temple committee and a significant number of amulets were returned to their original home.

This particular amulet featured above is called Pim Sum Chinraat and features the Buddha in meditation under a sacred arch. It is further identified as Pim Chanok because it swells up from the base. Similar pims with a yant to the reverse are known as Pim Kanaen.  

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