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    Amulet casting at Wat ChaiMonkon, Sukhothai

    We went upcountry during Songkran and, on our last day up there, visited a Wat up on top of a small mountain. This part of Sukhothai is right on the edge of the northern mountains and some of the people there speak Pasa Nua rather than standard Thai.



    As you can see, the main building is a typical big Wat building. It's all gold and mirrors inside, but I didn't get any good pictures. In fact, speaking of good pictures, I forgot to bring my camera and so all of these pics are going to be crappy cell phone pics - sorry!
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    There was a fair sized Buddha statue out front.


    Next to the statue was a little bell tower:


    If we pan down a bit we can see the base of the tower... or at least we could if it weren't for the big Hummer with Bangkok plates parked right in front of it!


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    Now, here's what we really came to see: Amulet casting!


    The guys in the traditional trousers were casting gold amulets.





    I didn't really get a good shot of the flames, they were multi-colored and rather impressively toxic looking!

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    Excellent! Thanks.

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    is that your Hummer?

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    Any shots of where they inject the amulet's powers?

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    Some damm fine pics for a camera phone

    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    We went upcountry during Songkran and, on our last day up there, visited a Wat up on top of a small mountain. This part of Sukhothai is right on the edge of the northern mountains and some of the people there speak Pasa Nua rather than standard Thai.



    As you can see, the main building is a typical big Wat building. It's all gold and mirrors inside, but I didn't get any good pictures. In fact, speaking of good pictures, I forgot to bring my camera and so all of these pics are going to be crappy cell phone pics - sorry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquaman View Post
    is that your Hummer?

    My Hummer!! Heaven forfend! I'd would lose all of my Green credentials if I ever bought something like that.

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    I have seen Amulet casting before in Ban Chang, it's only now that I realise what they were doing, at the time i thought why didn't they just heat up great big shovel fulls of whatever they were heating up, as I didn't have a clue to what they were doing I didn't bother taking any pictures

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty
    I didn't really get a good shot of the flames, they were multi-colored and rather impressively toxic looking!
    That would be bronze or brass, not gold they were casting.
    Any pics of the finished amulets, please?

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    Thank you for the lovely photo's Qwerty, can only use my phone for talking. would have liked to have seen the finished article,

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty
    I didn't really get a good shot of the flames, they were multi-colored and rather impressively toxic looking!
    That would be bronze or brass, not gold they were casting.
    Any pics of the finished amulets, please?
    Not sure if this is what they're making here but Wat Chai Mongkhon churns out zillions of brass commemoratve coins every year which can be used as amulets after they've gone through Pluk Sek. They also make gold and silver ones but in much smaller quantities.

    Very interesting qwerty, thanks for the photos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by watterinja View Post
    Any shots of where they inject the amulet's powers?
    Have a look at the first photo here, the monk is "awakening" the objects on the table - similar process for all magical objects:

    http://teakdoor.com/living-in-thaila...tml#post273204
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