Tattoos are considered spiritual in Thailand.
Unlike other places where tattoos are obtained based on the hype or trend, tattoos in Thailand are a form of protection to ward off evil spirit.
They’re also believed to boost a person’s luck, a certain trait or personality along with health and wealth.
These tattoos – believed to be magical – are called Sak Yant. Sak in Thai translates to "to tap". Yant is the Sanskrit word for sacred geometry. The Sak Yant is not done through machine, rather through a sharpened bamboo stick which is dipped in ink. Rumours have it, Angelina Jolie got the Sak Yant to bind Brad Pitt to her. But all it did was shore up the Thai tattoo’s popularity. IMAGE: Pinterest According to some, this traditional method is much more painful than your regular tattoo machine. But the pain is part of the process if one is looking to get themselves a Sak Yant.
On the first weekend of March, thousands travel to the Wat Bang Phra monastery located 50km from Bangkok to either get new tattoos or recharge their old one during the annual tattoo festival.
At this monastery in Nakhon Chaisi district, heavily tattooed Buddhist monks chant hymns and tattoo people based on what they resonate with. Here are some that people typically get. 1. Sak Yant Hah Taew aka the Five Line Sak Yant.
One of the most common Sak Yant. IMAGE: Bangkok Ink Tattoo This is one of the three common Sak Yant’s that’s done by the monks at the monastery.
This particular Sak Yant is believed to bring luck, provide protection against bad fortune, boosts coverage against black magic, allows the bearer to have charisma against the opposite sex, and brings good fortune.
Believed to be over 700 years old, the script for the magical spell – written in the ancient Khom language – was created by a Buddhist monk from Chiang Mai, Kruba Kam of Wat Ton Pin monastery. 2. Gao Yord […]