Thai festival brings together devotees of sacred tattooing

Thai festival brings together devotees of sacred tattooing

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Thai festival brings together devotees of sacred tattooing

On the first Saturday of March, believers visit the Wat Bangphra Buddist temple to have their bodies tattooed

Known for the ‘sak yants’ given by the monks who live there, these ‘magic tattoos’ are said to have mystical powers

The ink, which may be infused with snake venom, causes its wearers to enter into a deep, trance-like state 

Published: 07:00 EST, 7 March 2015 | Updated: 11:40 EST, 7 March 2015

Each March, devotees from across Thailand travel to the Nakhon Pathom province to have their bodies adorned with intricate traditional inkings.

About 30 minutes outside of Bangkok is the Wat Bangphra Buddhist temple, famous for the daily tattoos, known as ‘Sak Yants,’ given by the monks that live and train there.

These ‘magic tattoos’ are believed to have mystical powers, the ability to ward off bad luck and the power to protect wearers from harm.

Scroll down for video  Each March, devotees from across Thailand travel to the Wat Bangphra Buddist temple to receive ‘magic tattoos’ +14 Buddhist monks adorn adherents with intricate inkings that are believed to have mystical powers and provide strength and security +14

First introduced by Buddhist monk, Luang Por Pern, the Bangphra temple brings together thousands of adherents on the first Saturday of March each year.Beginning the evening before, adherents may visit the temple to begin the process of tattooing.Artists work through the night to complete the detailed designs, inked on visitors’ chests, backs, legs and arms, which are believed to provide those who wear them with strength and security.Aside from simply amassing new body art, adherents also visit the monastery to pay their respects to the temple’s master tattooist.  Thai festival brings together devotees of sacred tattooing A devotee acts like a tiger while under the spell of the ‘magic tattoo’ during the annual festival at Wat Bangphra Buddist temple in Thailand Wearers often a deep trance and may take on the characteristics of their animal tattoos. As […]