This is an old issue Mae Takien from the Master of Prai, Ajarn Verataep, a magnificent Bangkok magician whose heyday was the period that this piece comes from, around 2015. This was the period I was getting into prai and his work blew my mind as it was potent but kind, which is an unusual combination.
It is rare to find good Mae Takien amulets and this is one of the best. It has been cast in two halves with the front being made from the dust of ground Takien wood, and the back from graveyard earths and strong female prai. The ground wood came from a branch that was cut off because a few local ladies used a lower branch for suicides, which makes it supernaturally potent and the source of the ghost hair is one of the ladies who hung herself. The back holds a plug of prai bone and a Takrut for activation with all then set into a great prai oil for extra attraction, something for which Ajarn Verataep is renowned.
I adore the tree spirit amulets as they carry the power of nature itself backed up by strong prai and this is a special piece that helps with attraction, enchantment and great fortune. Mae Takien is also known to grant wishes, help lovers get together and hold them in love, three aspects that explains why there are many Mae Takien shrines in Thailand. The area around these shrines always appear to have been recently swept as her spirit enjoys cleanliness close to where she resides.
Measures 2.5" and comes with Ajarn Verataep's card and kata. This is an older issue than the previous ones I had and from the classic period of Ajarn Verataep.
It is difficult to find prai as good as this.
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A Stunning Mae Takien Prai Amulet by Ajarn Verataep in silver
As with many Thai people, Ajarn Verataep had the opportunity to witness Ajarns performing Saiyasart magic from a young age. Seeing its effects brought a keen interest in magical practices, which grew to become a significant part of Ajarns life, and it remains this way to this day. As with many practitioners, the learning first started by attending local rituals and there was once a curing ritual that was held by the village witch doctor (Mhor Phi) that had a profound effect on Ajarn as a young boy. At the age of 10, he actively started to look into studying the magical arts, and has never stopped since that time.
The monks and people in the village were very helpful with regard to his pursuit of knowledge, but as soon as age permitted, Ajarn started to travel to other towns to study magic in places such a Phitsanulok, Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani and Buriram. He studied with different monks, some of whom were from Cambodia and their Wicha knowledge was extensive. Some of them passed on old Wicha books which aided the study of the Khom script (the script prevalent in the central regions, Esaan and Cambodia itself) as well as the use of kata for spells, but the most important aspect of studying magic is the practice of building the psyche. Everyone, with some effort, can chant and learn about the katas for spells, but to make it effective it must come from an iron psyche.
If Ajarn makes a Golden Boy and wants it to be powerful, it has to have the correct Wicha and be constructed using both a dominant psyche and good Samathi. Meditation is the best method to raise the abilities of one’s psychic power and contemplation, and continual practice is essential. The deeper the practice of meditation, the better the psyche and hence, the better the results when using that power.
From the Thai Occult book p226