One of the most revered and respected monks in Thai history, Phra Luang Phor Tuad first caught national attention as a child when a snake constricted him, yet it didn’t bite; instead, it gave him a pearl from its mouth and left. After becoming ordained as a monk, he left for Ayutthaya by boat, which was then caught in a huge storm. Fearing that the monk was the cause, the others on the boat considered throwing him overboard, until he performed two miracles — calming the seas and turning the water around the boat into drinking water. He later cemented his fame by solving a puzzle that nobody else could.

He lived until he was 120, and was thought to have performed several more miracles whilst he was alive. Today, Thais remember him by wearing amulets depicting him, as they’re thought to be magic.

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