Luang Phor Liew’s dhamma name was Luang Phor Liew PanNaKoh. He was famous for crafting tortoise-shaped Rian. Named “Liew” by his parents, his family name was SehTang. His father’s name was Teng SehTang
When Liew was young, he was quite different from other children, with a strong sense of responsibility that drove him to assist his parents with their backbreaking work in the field, rather than playing. He also assisted his father with carpentry, honing his skills in the process. He often had to travel long distances and work till he was completely exhausted, falling ill as a result. He developed a keen understanding of herbal remedies, to help bolster his health.
Journey to learn Saiyasart
In those days, Liew’s village was surrounded by jungle, and the brigands who terrorized the area would periodically tear through his village, pillaging and murdering. Witnessing these unspeakable acts of cruelty made Liew feel powerless, and he made up his mind to learn Arkhom (sorcery) to defend his village.
Accompanied by 2 of his cousins, he snuck away from home and travelled to the Karen tribes to learn Arkhom. The journey was fraught with all the dangers of the wilderness, and they were exposed to inclement weather, malaria, and attacks from wild beasts. One of his cousins even succumbed to these hazards during the journey. They were too far from home to carry his body back, so they decided to cremate him. The other cousin was very disheartened by his death and abandoned the journey. Liew continued the journey alone, eventually finding his way to the Karen tribes.
Liew learnt wicha from the tribal chief. He was taught many skills, including wicha for killing via sorcery, how to extract poison from herbs, hexes using yang mai yang nong (Strophanthus caudatus plant), and garn sek nang kwai khao tong
After successfully ridding his village of the scourge, Liew returned to Karen, this time to learn white sorcery. He learnt Thai traditional medicine, methods of determining the correct time for important ceremonies and events, and the skills required for the crafting of takrut kongkrapan
Journey as a Monk
After many years of marriage however, Liew felt secular life was meaningless. At the age of 27, he sought permission from his parents to ordain as a monk. He travelled to Patha Sima Phra Ubosot
Luang Phor Liew returned to Kayan to see his old friend and master the chief, who was overjoyed that Luang Phor had not forgotten him. The chief decided to impart all of his knowledge to Luang Phor, including the katha maha mon maha wej
After leaving Kayan, Luang Phor Liew visited Phor Tan Klai at Wat Suan Khan, Changwat Nakhon Sri Thammarat
Ajarn Aum was an imposing, tattooed man, famous for his oil sakyant. Prior to his visit, Luang Phor Liew was fully aware of Ajarn’s prowess with wicha and katha. At their meeting, Ajarn challenged Luang Phor Liew to a test of skill. Luang Phor replied that there no need for such a challenge, as he was aware of the extent of Ajarn’s powers.
But Ajarn Aum was too headstrong, continuing to issue his challenge. In a bid to deter him, Luang Phor Liew recited katha, and blew onto him. Ajarn Aum’s face immediately took on a completely different demeanour. His eyes bulged, he growled constantly, and his hand clutched as if he had claws. He had been possessed by the Tiger Spirit. Luang Phor held Ajarn’s head and said; “Suea Suea
After that initial meeting, Ajarn Aum invited Luang Phor to his home, which played host to a plethora of ghosts and Guman Thong. He retrieved a selection of Kam Pee Khom Boran (old grimoires made of palm leaves), and a long sakyant needle to present to Luang Phor as a gift, but Luang Phor refused. He did however, accept a Phra Kreung mould, modelled in the likeness of Phra Put PangMarnViChai Nang Bua (Buddha on lotus seat with meditation pose). Luang Phor used this mould to make amulets for his devotees, calling them Pratoochai
Contributions to the Community
He made several contributions to the Buddhist community;
1) In B.E. 2482, he renovated Wat Tah Sao, Changwat Supanburi
2) In B.E. 2484, he stayed at Wat Sanam Yeh, Changwat Kanchanaburi
3) In B.E. 2520, he built Wat Saithong, at Tambon Jorakhepueak, Ampur Dan MakhamDtia, Changwat Kanchanaburi
4) In B.E.2525, he built Wat Rai Tang Tong, Tambon Toong Look Nok, Ampur Gampeng Saen, Changwat Nakon Pathom
5) He returned to Wat Nong Or in B.E. 2540, in his hometown of Ampur Po Tah Ram, Changwat Petchaburi. At that time, the temple had only one monk. He undertook the project to build a new kuti, which took 5 months. In the middle of B.E. 2543, after the PuttaPisek of WathuMongkhon Roon Saoha