Grand Master of Sak Yant (Yantra Tattooing) Arjan Tong

•January 26, 2009 • 4 Comments
Grand Master of Sak Yant Arjan Tong

Grand Master of Sak Yant Arjan Tong

Ajahn Tong of Talat Phlu is widely regarded by many as the best Sak Yant master of our present era. Armed with 36 years of experience, the Grandmaster is well known within Sak Yant circles for his exquisite and efficacious Yant tattoos that possesses magical properties such as Kongkrapan (Invincibility), Klaew Klaad(Aversion of Danger) and Metta Mahaniyom (Great Popularity). Dedicating his life to the learning of Wicha, Meditation and Sak Yant, Ajahn Tong learnt from 11 great masters. His masters include:

* Ajahn Ha of Wong Wien Yai (Direct disciple of Luang Pu Suk Wat Makham-Tao)
* Ajahn Tawil
* Luang Phor Teck of Wat Se Mor Got
* Ajahn Jek of Wat Bua Kuan, Nonburi
* Ajahn Chun of Pa Ba Daeng
* Ajahn Lod of Min Buri
* Ajahn Chum of Wat Kao Or, Pattalung
* Ajahn Singh (Sikh Meditation master of Bangkok)
* Ajahn Pa Yung of Bangkok
* Ajahn Tiang of Bangkok Noi
* Ajahn Pu Tom of Suphan Buri

Yants on Top right, middle right and shoulder are Yants applied by Arjan Tong

Yants on Top right, middle right and shoulder are Yants applied by Arjan Tong

As a result, a great wealth of valuable knowledge is passed down from Ajahn Tong’s various masters to him. This acquired knowledge is then used by Ajahn Tong to consecrate holy amulets and create sacred Yant tattoos for his disciples.

Due to his fame in the creation of sacred Yant tattoos, many people would visit Ajahn Tong’s Samnak daily, to request for his help. He works continuously without rest, often till very late at night, making sure his disciples’ needs are catered for. Such is the commitment shown by this great master of Sak Yant.

Over the years, numerous celebrities have received Yant tattoos from Ajahn Tong. Muay Thai luminaries such as WBC Middle Weight Muay Thai World Champion Yodsanklai Fairtex, WMC Middle Weight Intercontinental Champion Soren Monkongtong and Vice President of the Oceania Muay Thai Federation Nugget McNaught all bear Ajahn Tong’s Yant Kru (Master’s Logo) proudly on their body. International Supermodel and TV celebrity Jaymee Ong is another bearer. More notably the Fighters from the hit reality series “The Contender Asia” by Mark Burnett.

2 of Arjan's Yant Kru new on on top old version on bottom

2 of Arjan's Yant Kru new on on top old version on bottom

"Arrow Punch Yantra" Yant Muut Tahnut a Yantra popular amonst Mauy Thai Boxers

"Arrow Punch Yantra" Yant Muut Tahnut a Yantra popular amonst Mauy Thai Boxers

Despite his immense popularity worldwide, Ajahn Tong remains humble, down to earth and well loved by all his disciples – another addition to his already outstanding legacy. Ajahn Tong is indeed a true master who possesses a lot of Metta and Baramee (Loving Kindness).

Below is a video of the boxers from the reality series “The Contender Asia”


Introduction to Sak Yant (Thai Yantra Tattoos)

•January 26, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Sak yant also called Yantra tattooing, is a form of sacred tattooing practiced in Southeast Asian countries including Cambodia and Thailand. Mostly using a “Mai Sak” traditional bamboo stick or metal rod.

Traditional Mai Saks (Rods) used in Thai Yantra Tattoos (Sak Yant)

Traditional Mai Saks (Rods) used in Thai Yantra Tattoos (Sak Yant)

In recent times Sak Yant Tattoos have been made popular by Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie she spots a “Har Tiow” (5 Lines) and an animal Yant “Seu” (Tiger).

Top showing "Har Tiow Yantra" Middle showing process of the traditional tattooing Bottom showing Both Yantras

Top showing "Har Tiow Yantra" Middle showing process of the traditional tattooing Bottom showing Both Yantras

Sak yant are normally tattooed by Buddhist monks or Brahmin priests using ancient Khmer and Pali. The most famous temple in the present day for Yant tattooing is Wat Bang Phra in Nakhon Chaysri, Nakhon Pathom Province, Thailand.

Records have shown that the tattoo dates back to Angkor times. Different masters have added to these designs through visions received in their meditations. Some Yant have been adapted from pre-Buddhist Shamanism and the belief in Animal Spirits that was to be found in the Southeast Asian sub-Continent and incorporated into the Thai Buddhist tradition.

The tattoo is used for self-protection. Cambodians believe a Yantra has magical powers that ward off evil and hardship. The tattoo is particularly popular amongst military personnel. The tattoo supposedly guarantees that the person cannot receive any physical harm as long as they follow certain conditions. Another alternative is to follow the five Buddhist precepts which are you cannot kill, steal, cheat, be intoxicated by alcohol or lust over women.

Yant designs are also applied to many other mediums, such as cloth or metal, and placed in one’s house, place of worship, or vehicle as a means of protection from all kinds of dangers, or against illness, to increase wealth or attract lovers.

Guru Monk Luang Por Dum Wat Santhithum Bio

•January 26, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Luang Por Dum Wat Santhitum

Luang Por Dum Wat Santhitum

Little is known about this Guru Monk LP Dum as his temple is on the outskirts of Thailand in a small town bordering Cambodia, LP Dum’s amulets have been gaining popularity not only in Thailand but in neighboring countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong where devotees come in huge numbers to pay homage when Luang Por Dum travels to their countries.

My personal experiences with Luang Por Dum’s Guman Tongs started in 2004 when I came across a dealer in Bangkok carrying his Guman Tongs having not heard of him I asked if he had a temple brochure and proceeded to book a van to visit this Guru Monk as his Guman Tongs are really cute.

Below is one of my 1st Guman Tongs from Luang Por Dum.



Having good experiences such as better opportunities at work doing jobs that are more interesting, meeting and net working with the right people at the right place and time. This led me to probe further into this Guru Monks Amulets I then brought back a large quantity of his Guman Tongs to share with fellow collectors in Singapore they too found it most efficacious, some had job promotions, business owners had more customers buying from them, punters even reported higher hits in their gambling past time. Little known to Guman Tong collectors the Luang Por Dum Guman Tong can be used for increasing metta (loving kindness) by chanting a certain Katha (Chant). I will update that Katha in my Katha section once it is up.

p.s. Some of Luang Por Dum’s itemsare avialable in limited quantity on our Sales Page do drop by to see if there is a piece you like.

Arjan Yeam/ Luang Por Yeams’s (Wat Sam Ngam) Bio

•January 25, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Potrait of Arjan Yeam

Ajahn Yeam, was born  on Jan 5th 1915, “Yaem Dejmak”, the son of  Mr. Yhaem and Mrs. Wongse Dejmak. He was born at 42 Moo 4, Dontoom Sub-district, Banglen District, Nakhorn Pathom.

He entered the priesthood on the 2nd May, 1938 at the principal monastery of Sam Ngam Temple, officiated by the Reverend Father Utarakarnbodi (Sook Pathumwasano) of Huay Jorakhe Temple, the Reverend Father Tae Kongthong, the abbot of Sam Ngam Temple, and the Reverend Petch.

After passing the Buddhist exams, he continued to study meditation, magic incantation, and magic drawing from the Luang Phor Tae Kongthong who was his master. He gained a lot of knowledge from Luang Phor Tae
The Reverend Father Yeam is now 95 years old  and in the 68th year of his priesthood. He is the appointed Master, or a first-class abbot of a private temple, Wat Sam Ngam.  His position is similar to that of Assistant Abbot of a first-class royal temple and is duty bound to sustain the Buddhist religion.

Luang Phor Yeam is highly revered and respected  for his powerful mind developed from meditation and mantra, ancient astrology, traditional medicine, magic drawing and incantation, and of course his amulets. His powers are well known both locally and internationally. Because of this he is invited to many temples in Nahhon Pathom to participate in sacred ceremonies. He is a major disciple of the Reverend Father Tae Kongthong, a famous guru master.

He is a major disciple of the Reverend Father Tae Kongthong, a famous guru master.

Luang Phor Tae of course is an exceptionally well known guru master, known particularly for Guman Thong. The Reverend Father Tae Kongthong was a  disciple of the Reverend Father Ta of Paniengtaek, the Reverend Father Chaem of Takong Temple, and the Reverend Father Wongse of Tungpakgood Temple.

These monks were highly respected by the Reverend Father Tae Kongthong and the Reverend Father Yeam was to often to meet the Reverend Father Chaem of Takong Temple during his visits to Wat Sam Ngam and was able to add considerably to his own knowledge. Furthermore, the Reverend Father Yaem learnt from other masters, people and priests such as the Reverend Father Luea of Saow Cha Ngoak Temple, Chachoengsao Province.

The Reverend Father Yeam Thanayooto was appointed to be the abbot of Sam Ngam Temple in 1957 and as a verbal declarer in the same year. He has followed the Reverend Father Tae’s methods regardless of religious duties or meditation. He has a very good memory and will always share his knowledge with other people. We were very lucky to have spent a great deal of time with the Reverend Father Yeam, discussing his life and learning more about the Golden Idol amulet. One of the most fascinating facts he told us, was that he had not washed for 40 years as instructed by his Master, LP Tae.

In fact anyone that wants more knowledge, can ask him, he is always pleased to provide an explanation, although he is a little hard of hearing, and some patience is required.

He has many religious duties, for example, the principal monastery at Dontoom in Nakhorn Pathom Province, the principal monastery at Srasampaothong Temple in Kanchanaburi and Tungkathin Temple in Ratchaburi, Tungjedhab in Pichit, the latter three which he was responsible for creating himself.

The Reverend Father Yeam also presides over a merit ceremony for the Reverend Father Tae on the 24th January of every year and a ceremony to pay respect to the Reverend Father Tae on the first Thursday of the fifth month of the lunar calendar each year. We have on our website a very large, limited edition, Phra Kring statue, that was made on this special occasion in commemoration of the great master himself and now rare.

After death of the Reverend Father Tae Kongthong, the Reverend Father Yeam Thanayooto was appointed as abbot of Sam Ngam Temple on the 1st December 1982. He used all of his knowledge and experience to develop the temple, principal monastery, secondary monastery, study hall, funeral place, and other monasteries.

The amulets of the Reverend Father Yeam are very famous because of the miracles and experiences associated with them. His first amulets were made in 1963, and are now very scarce. A very famous account exists about this medal, a thief shot by a policeman was spared his life because he was wearing that first amulet consecrated by Reverend Father Yeam. After that event this amulet of course became exceptionally desirable.

Luang Phor Yeam has created many amulets including Phra Kring Barami 80, amuletic medals, amuletic Khun Paen made from herbal powder, Nang Phya amulets, Toan amukletic rolled brass, Chud am,uletic rolled brass and three circle amuletic rolled brass.

But his most famous amulet is that of the Golden Idol made from clay and metal. Every model created by the Reverend is original and represents Sam Ngam Temple and created according to traditional scripture.

It is well-known among amulet collectors that Ajahn Yeam of Wat Sam Ngam is the guru monk who makes the best Guman Thong statues and amulets, after the late Luang Phor Tae Kong Thong of Wat Sam Ngam.

p.s. Some items from Luang Por Arjan Yeam is available in limited quantity on our Sales Page

What does it do? And Why own a Guman Tong

•January 25, 2009 • Leave a Comment


Above: Luang Por Arjan Yeam blessing a batch of Guman Tongs and various relics before I brought them home

What does it do? And Why own a Guman Tong

The prime reason that one may wish to own a Guman Tong is for business purposes, protection of one’s assets, guarding ones residences and requesting fortune particularly lucky numbers for the lottery (I tend to disagree with this belief although many Thai people swear by it).  It has also been known to enhance business by beckoning customers to walk into a shop or to place an order over the phone (and now perhaps the internet).

The Guman Tong is actually a simple philosophy to understand. Guru monks with the know how to create these Guman Tongs has only 1 simple wish which is to gain merits through doing good deeds with its owner and thus generating good karma for both the owner and itself, wishes of the master will slowly be fulfilled as well.

Not many monks have the ability to create Guman Tong, and it is important that you acquire a Guman Tong from a reputable master. Today unfortunately a lot of fakes are created without proper ceremony. These Guman Tong do not have the ability to serve their master.

Introduction Infomation Regarding Guman Tongs and Tarkruts (Thai Amulets & Talisman)

•January 24, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Origins and information regarding the “Guman Tong” (Golden Boy)

Guman Tongs or “Golden boys” are part of Thai Buddhism which is closely affiliated with animism (A philosophical, religious or spiritual idea that souls or sprits exist in humans, animals, plants or other entities.) According to Thai literature, the 1st documented Guman Tong was consecrated over 400 years ago by Khun Pean a top Thai warrior that fought several battles. During this era the usage of spiritual warfare was rampant and aided in traditional warfare.

Khun Paen wanted a protective spirit to watch over him in battle. In order to do so he needed to create an image of the Guman Tong. He removed the foetus of his unborn son from his dead wife’s womb and took it to a temple to perform an occult rite. The first Guman Tong was thus brought to life. In modern times this practice has been outlawed and holy materials such as clay, soil, woods or metals are used instead of a real human foetus.

Arjan Yeam in 2005

Arjan Yeam in 2005

Above Arjan Yeam Wat Sam Ngam blessing Guman Tong figures before I brought them home.

p.s. From time to time we will have spare pieces thus those emailing me enquiring to obtaining a Guman Tong or Thai Amulet can visit our sales page I will be most happy to send a piece to you.