Leklai is the most mysterious substance of mineral kingdom ever known.

Each Country has its own relics considered by its population as representative of its culture and traditions.

In Italy, for example, there is the Holy Shroud. According to the Catholic culture, it represents an extraordinary and mysterious object, capable of demonstrating the truthfulness of the existence of Jesus and his divine nature.

In Thailand such relic is Leklai.


Leklai literally means Flowing Metal or Steel Eel.

Sacred Leklai

It is a substance that some Buddhist monks, endowed with special spiritual powers, are able to identify and extract in remote places. It is found in forests and deep caves, as a microscopic airborne substance or as a plant found only in Thailand.

According to local legends, Leklai naturally forms itself on caves’ walls, trees or in the air around an enlightened monk during his meditation.

Leklai can appear as rare metal alloy or mercury substance. The most traditional and common forms of Leklai are metal alloy or mercuric substance. For this reason it is often called “Metal of the sky” or “Metal from Paradise“.

Leklai is a natural form of magical metal. It has a low melting point, around 800 degrees centigrade, which is approximately the temperature of a candle flame.

Leklai is extracted mainly in Thailand but it is also found in Indonesia where it is known as Badar Besi.

It is assumed that Leklai has the ability to protect the wearer from any material or energy hazard.

Both expressions that translate the term Leklai (“Flowing Metal and “Steel Eel”) remind of the movement that Leklai would be able to manifest when it is “invoked” by the celebrating monk during the complex and very ancient extraction ritual so that Thais believe that it is a real metal animal capable of “swimming through the rocks”.

The celebrating monk must have the vision of the right place and moment to extract Leklai.


He must also have the necessary knowledge to carry out the extraction. Otherwise the extraction attempt can cause serious damage and even death if it is done by someone who is not prepared and spiritually protected.

On the chosen day, the monk goes out with many devotees to the identified place (usually large caves in the jungle of Thailand) to prepare the invocation ceremony of Leklai.

For this purpose, according to the monk’s instructions, various images and statues representing local deities are placed and votive candles and ritual offerings (mostly flowers) are placed in specific points of the cave.

Leklai cerimony

In addition, open sheets are prepared to receive the Leklai’s waterfall invoked by the monk.

Then the ceremony begins: it consists of meditation sessions followed by the repetition of mantras, percussion of bells and other ancient instruments.

At one point Leklai, also attracted through specific candles and honey pots, manifests itself in the cave.

Sometimes the Lekai flows from the rock and moves like a snake, taking the solid or liquid form, as the case may be.

After being “enchanted” by the monk, Leklai is cut by the same monk, when it is solid and moving, with a ritual knife while if it is in liquid form. It is then invited to enter into special molds where it immediately becomes solid.

On other occasions, Lekai (in various forms and types) literally rains from the upper wall of the cave where the extraction ritual is performed and falls into special sheets blessed by the monk.

Collecting Leklai

Alternatively, the monk can guess portions of land where he can find pieces of Leklai and then goes there to extract them.

After the extraction, it is stored in raw form or placed in amulets after being shaped, sculpted or simply placed inside the rough.

Once shaped or sculpted, Leklai undergoes a powerful ritual of recharging, tuning and focusing on its natural power, before being ready to be used as a powerful amulet.

Watch this amazing video to see how it is extracted.

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