Here are the Top 5 most sacred tattoos in Thailand and the ancient meaning behind them (2021)

In This Sacred Tatto Review we will check the Top 5 Most Sacred Tattoos in Thailand this 2021

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.

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.

The Sacred Tattoos Of Thailand 2021

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.

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 Sak Yant aka the Nine Peaks Sak Yant.

The design of this Sak Yant is believed to have been inspired from the mythical Mount Meru which had nine peaks. IMAGE: Lost Boys Memoirs

Based off the mythical Mount Meru, the nine peaks of this Sak Yant is a favorite among many who choose it for its universal powers. Mentions of the mountain can be found in Hindu, Buddhists and Javanese texts. It is revered for being at the center of the earth. Some followers believe that Mount Meru could be Mount Kailash.

Just like the Hah Taew, this design is believed to bring luck and protection too. The only difference is that the protection that this Sak Yant has is more. The person who has this tattooed on his or her body is believed to wield authority over others.

There is also a belief that this Sak Yant helps to improve popularity and brings its holder closer to his or her destiny.

3. Paed Tidt Sak Yant aka the Eight Directions Sak Yant.

This Sak Yant is considered to be the most representative of the Buddha. IMAGE: Pictame

Buddha is known for his Noble Eightfold path. This Sak Yant is believed to represent the eight divisions of his teachings: right view, right intention, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.

The design of the Paed Tidt Sak Yant also incorporates the eight representations of the Buddha which are grouped based on three ovals that increases in size from the top.

For people of Thailand, this tattoo provides protection from the eight directions of the earth to ward off negativity.

4. Hanuman Sak Yant.

Hanuman is also known as the Monkey God. IMAGE: Pinterest

Known for his courage, wit and immense strength, Hanuman first appeared in the Hindu epic Ramayana.

Believed to have been composed by Valmiki in India, the legend is also retold in several Southeast Asian countries including Thailand. This is how the character, a monkey, has become a favorite among those who’ve read the epic.

Muay Thai and martial artists would go for Hanuman for obvious reasons.

5. Sak Yant Suea aka the Tiger Sak Yant.

Another Sak Yant commonly seen on Muay Thai fighters. IMAGE: Pinterest

Tigers are known to be great hunters and are feared. Naturally, those who choose to have this Sak Yant are believed to take on some of the qualities of this beast.

This Sak Yant represents power and authority and is a favorite among those who have dangerous jobs.

Locals believe that having a Sak Yant of the tiger is inviting the tiger spirit to reside in the human body.

The do’s and don’ts for the bearer of the Sak Yant.

 
There are rules to follow for those who possess these tattoos. IMAGE: Wanderlust

There are superstitious rules to follow if you decide to get one of these Sak Yant.

According to some accounts, the monks at the Wat Bang Phra monastery have advised them not to eat starfruit or gourds. Some have been told not to duck under any clothing line or overhanging building. Others were warned not to have affairs with married people and to avoid banana trees.

Failure to do so would see the powers of the Sak Yant removed or taken away. However, different school of Sak Yant practitioners believe that following Buddha’s Noble Eightfold path i.e. being a good person would suffice.

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