Luang Pu Thuat
The biography of Luang Pu Thuat is mentioned in early regional histories of Thailand but his story is mainly the stuff of oral histories. In southern Thailand, tales of the life of this famous monk has been passed on primarily by word of mouth. The story is a mix of many Buddhist elements: early signs, magic, travel, study, meditation, and eventual “sainthood.” Older, sacred amulets of Pu Thuat are considered priceless and very powerful. His movements throughout parts of the Southern peninsula constitute a unique path of pilgrimage for many believers.
1) Picture a simple village in the year 1556 [B.E. 2099].
2) In this village there is a rich man and his wife.
8) The baby is put into a makeshift hammock at the edge of the rice field while they work.
9) The mother returns after a boa snake has wrapped itself around the child and then disgorged a glass ball (luk kaeo) near the child.
10) Hearing the news, the rich man comes to ask for the glass ball.
11) Shortly, bad things begin happening to the rich man. [The mural shows his house ablaze and so on…].
12) The rich man returns the glass ball.
16) …and then goes on to study at Wat Semamuang [Nakornsithammarat].
17) He received higher ordination on a raft at Nakornsithammarat.
18) Later, he boarded a ship to travel and study in the capital of that time — Ayudhaya.
19) The ship gets caught in a raging storm.
21) He goes to study the Dhamma at Wat Thammarangsi [Ayudhaya].
23) He solves a difficult puzzle posed by some Sri Lankans involving the sorting of letters.
24) He returns to the South to improve Wat Phatthasingbanphot [Wat Pho Kho, Sathingphra].