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Khun Paen

Khun Paen is the name of a legendary Ayuthayan warrior living some 450 years ago. His name later became the name of a kind of votive tablets found at Wat Bankrang, Suphanburi Province, about a century ago.

Practically and systemBut anyway it was widely said that such the votive tablets had miraculous effects on self protection and invulnerability. Meanwhile it was rumored that they had lady-attraction effect.This is why most Thai ladies do not want their husbands wearing the amulet Khun Paen, fearing that they may be so attractive to other ladies!!  

Apart from Wat Bankrang Temple, votive tablets Khun Paen of another kind were also found at Wat Phra Roop Temple, the same Suphanburi Province.
Such the votive tablets were named Khun Paen "Khai Pha".

Pratically, Thai votive tablets (amulets of Buddha image) of every kind have their own general names. It is amulets collectors of the previous generation named some kind of amulets "Khun Paen" just for easy-to-remember purpose. And it is quite clear that all general names of Thai votive tablets originated after they had been found, not orginated at first-made in the ancient time.
It is amulets collectors of the previous generation who named such the votive tablets "Khun Paen" just because the name was widely known to Thai people as an important legendary figure. There is actually no relation between the votive tablets themself and Khun Paen. And the figure image appears on the votive tablet is Lord Buddha, not Khun Paen.

Legendary Khun Paen lived between 1491-1529. He was born in Suphanburi Province (some 70 km.northwest of Bangkok) but grew up in the close-bordered Kanchanaburi Province, where the world wide well-known "Bridge over River Kwai" situated.

He was a disciple of Acharn Kong, a magic-expert guru monk, for magical studies. Based on old legends, Khun Paen was handsome and very attractive to ladies. It's so he had many wives, and still many ladies fell in love with him. Khun Paen had magical knowledge. He used magic to make himself invulnerable and unseen to enemies, to change the marching track of the enemies to become labyrinthine field, and to change leaves of the tree to become wasps to sting enemies etc

By Khun Paen's skillful fighting, he was appointed by the king to be Khun or a high-ranking military officer. His biography was far more extended and rather a fictitious story by poetic authors of the early Ratanakosin period or some 180 years ago. His baby-ghost son named Guman Thong, he used magic to create him from a dead baby in the dead Bua Klee's womb. Bua Klee was a Khun Paen's minor wife. As on a legend making Guman Thong is thrilling and has a complicated ritual. 

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