Although Kuman Thong veneration is not part of mainstream Buddhist practices, it is popular in Thailand. Such practice is not recognized by mainstream Buddhism. However, due to Thailand’s widespread belief in animism, Kumam Thong adopted Buddhist beliefs and blended the two.
The original Kuman Thong arose from a necromancy practice. They were obtained from desiccated fetuses of children who died in their mothers’ wombs. The witch doctors were said to have the ability to summon these stillborn babies, adopt them as their children, and use them to aid them in their work.
According to ancient Thai manuscripts used by black magic practitioners (Thai: Saiyasat), the unborn fetus was surgically removed from its mother’s womb first. The child’s body would then be taken to a cemetery for the proper ceremonial ritual to invoke a Kuman Thong to be performed. The body was roasted until dry while the witch doctor chanted magical script incantations. After the rite, the dry-roasted Kuman was painted with Ya Lak (a kind of lacquer used to cover amulets and Takrut with gold leaf). As a result, this effigy was given the name “Kuman Thong,” which means “Golden Little Boy.”
Some Kuman effigies were soaked in Nam Man Prai, a type of oil extracted by burning a candle close to the chin of a deceased child or person who died in violent or unnatural circumstances. This is much less common nowadays because using fat from human babies for the consecrating oil is now illegal. There are still some amulets obtained through traditional methods that appear on the market from time to time. A famous monk was expelled from the Buddhist Sangha a few years ago for roasting a baby. He was convicted, but after his release, he continued to practice magic as a layperson.
LP Yeam, a highly revered monk for making efficacious Kumantong
On May 2, 1938, LP Yeam was ordained as a priest at Sam Ngam Temple’s main monastery by Reverend Father Utarakarnbodi (Sook Pathumwasano) of Huay Jorakhe Temple, Reverend Father Tae Kongthong, the abbot of Sam Ngam Temple, and Reverend Petch.
After passing the Buddhist exams, he continued to learn meditation, magic incantation, and magic drawing from his master, Luang Phor Tae Kongthong. Luang Phor Yeam is highly revered and respected for his powerful mind developed through meditation and mantra, ancient astrology, traditional medicine, magic drawing and incantation, and, of course, his amulets. His abilities are well known both locally and globally. As a result, he is invited to many temples in Nahhon Pathom to take part in sacred ceremonies. He is a close disciple of Reverend Father Tae Kongthong, a well-known guru master.
He is a close disciple of Reverend Father Tae Kongthong, a well-known guru master.
Of course, Luang Phor Tae is a well-known guru master, particularly for Guman Thong.