I am talking about Pidta Kradoop Phi made by Ajarn Noo in 2485 (75 years ago). Together with LP Jien pidta, they are known to be the two sacred pidta with human ashes most effective and affordable by common collectors in this era.
It has become one of the most famous piece of pidta in Indochine period (2480 era).
During Indochine war, many lives were claimed. Millions of Civilian died. Sorrow is in the air. Phra Ajarn Noo from Wat Pho who is a Khmer origin monk wanted to do something to help. He wanted to make a series of amulets using ashes of soldier, generals, civilians with the following 2 purpose:
- To protect the soldier so that they have better chances of winning
- To gain merit for the deceased
With that intention, he seek approval from the authority as Wat Pho is known to be a royal temple. By right, they do not allow amulets to be made of ashes or human fleshed. Back then, barang is not popular and is something not many people will want to even touch it. But knowing the intention of Ajarn Noo and also believing his power and ability to control the spirits and seek forgiveness and compassion, they approved the making of this batch and as many said, the rest are history. I personally think that may be there is another reason too:
- Too many dead body. They want to dispose it effectively and made best use of it.
Among the series of amulet, pidta is the most famous one. Its name, kradoop means bones/ashes. Phi means ghost. It was known back then, Thai soldiers that wore this pidta is "invinsible". They won many battle. Enemy can't see them clearly. And they can't be defeated. The French soldiers named this army as "ghost soldier".
So, is this barang?
The answer is yes and no. I think from its ingredient, it is. But if it is purely based on ingredient to segregate if it is barang or not, then so is KPPK of LP Tim, KP of LP tae, GumanTong of LP Tae and many more.
To me, Barang is something made with not the right intention/purpose by bomoh/ajarn with sole intention is to make money out of it without considering repurcussion. Strange ingredient is added just to make it looks weird. Bomoh/Ajarn has not enough power to conmmunicate with the spirit and the amulet has short term effect with repurcussion to wearer cause the intention is not right. They try to control the spirit so as to do what the wearer is asking.
Whereas for Pidta Kradoop Phi, KPPK, KP and guman made by LP tae are different. They are made with the right purpose of gaining merit for the spirit so that they have better lives after they rebirth. Grant ceremony (many monks attended) are held to ensure spirit understood the intention and agreeable to gain merit by helping wearer to avoid danger and improve luck in everything they do (with good intention of course).
So, this separates the real "barang" and the sacred amulet with "barang" material. Right? This is my own opinion anyway.
And if you ask me, why this batch demands so high price? I will say, it is market driven. It has been known to collectors that this batch of pidta is highly effective. It is good for fetching wealth, avoiding danger and improving luck. Overall luck. I will share an article that describe this pidta later on. So, despite many fake in the market, real piece and good condition piece still demand very high price. A good piece can demand up to THB 80,000 THB. Many pieces i saw in market are asking for S$500-800. Pls rent it prudently. You are real lucky if you get a real one at that price.
What i shared here is a very good condition of Pidta kradoop Phi. Thick, original. I have seen many, this is so far the best piece i have seen and collected. Should encased with gold one day. Easy to see and it is known that people with quiet and focus mind, can communicate with it. I have no luck so far though.
Year Made: 2485
Temple: Wat Pho
Ingredient: Human bone Ashes, Different type of Wahn, flowers, phong itijay etc
Monk: Ajarn Noo