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Sak Yant – Sacred Tattoo

A Sak Yant is a Sacred Tattoo or Buddha Tattoo, usually given by a Buddhist Monk or a Brahmin Priest, who will bless the Yant to give special powers of protection as well as other benefits. These traditional tattoos are not applied by a machine but by a long bamboo stick or metal rod.

Originally Sak Yants were not tattooed onto the skin but inscribed on cloth or wood. It was only after the arrival of Buddhism to Thailand that tattooing of the Sak Yants became popular. There are many Sak Yant designs available, many of which incorporate a Mantra.

Sacred Skin - Sak Yant Magic Tattoo

Information in easy to understand plain English about Sak Yant, the Magic Tattoo or Buddhist Tattoo has been hard to find – until now. Sacred Skin – Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos is a new book by Tom Vater with photography by Aroon Thaewchatturat. Sacred Skin uncovers the mysteries of Sak Yant, which has been a spiritual
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Sacred Ink is a photographic and multimedia installation exhibition by Cedric Arnold exploring the world of Sak Yant, the Magic Tattoo. Sacred Ink features over 45 large format black-and-white photographs taken in Thailand, as well as sound, video and multimedia projections bringing us further into the world of spiritual tattoos. A body, used as a
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Sak Yant Mae Tap

The Sak Yant design Mae Tap is one of the great universal Sak Yant designs. Mae Tap means Commander-in-Chief and this gives us the first clue as to the meanings behind this Powerful and Sacred Sak Yant Buddhist Tattoo design. Mae Tap is sometimes referred to as the Guardian Yant. The benefits which the Sak
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Power of Magic

Sak Yant, the sacred Magic Tattoo or Buddhist Tattoo, when applied by a Buddhist Monk or Brahmin Priest, will confer on the wearer certain benefits and protection. The Sak Yant’s power of magic has been known to Thai people for hundreds of years, long before Buddhism came to Thailand, but Sak Yant has only recently
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Sak Yant- Tong Maharat

This Sak Yant design is called the Tong Maharat which means Great Flag. Long before the custom of tattooing Yants onto skin they were inscribed onto cloth or metal. The Tong Maharat was a very popular choice as the mantras on it bestow on the owners the qualities of mercy, kindness and compassion together with
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It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Phra Ajarn Gamtorn, Abbot and Sak Yant Master of Wat Nong Khem, San Patong Chiang Mai. Phra Ajarn Gamtorn had suffered from Diabetes and finally succumbed to the disease on Tuesday 14th September 2010 at 2am. Phra Ajarn Gamtorn, aged 38, was born
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Ganesh (Ganesha, Ganesa) is a very popular choice for a Sak Yant and there are several Ganesh Sak Yant designs available. Known as the Remover of Obstacles, Ganesh was the son of Shiva and Parvati and is perhaps the best known of the Hindu deities, instantly recognizable by his Elephant head. Although Ganesh is a
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Sak Yant-Paed Dan

The Sak Yant design Paed Dan or Eight Sided Yant is a sacred geometric design similar in meaning to the Paed Tidt Eight Direction Yant. The Paed Dan Yant gives protection to the bearer when traveling in every direction. Whereas the Paed Tidt Yant design contains eight representations of the Lord Buddha, The Paed Dan
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Phra Narai Song Khrut

The Sak Yant design, Phra Narai Song Khrut, is a complex Yant containing three figures from the ancient Indian epic, The Ramayana. The Ramayana was adopted by Thailand during the 18th Century, even though the Ramayana contains stories from Hindu mythology and Thailand is a Buddhist country, and became known as the Ramakien. The Ramakien,
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Sak Yant-Paed Tidt

The Sak Yant design ‘Paed Tidt’ or Eight Direction Yant is a sacred Geometric Yant containing eight Mantras written in 2 concentric circles in the centre of the design. The design of the Paed Tidt Yant also incorporates eight representations of the Buddha. These are the groups of 3 ovals each increasing in size from
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