A Sak Yant is a magic tattoo which bestows mystical powers. This Sak Yant magic tattoo is normally given by a Buddhist Monk or Brahmin Priest but a Sak Yant can also be performed by a layman.
Yants came to Thailand via the Khmers long before Buddhism and these magic spells were originally inscribed onto cloth and were known as Pha Yants. Many Thai soldiers wore cloth jackets called Seua Yant, that were printed with a Yant to give protection in Battle. After the influx of Buddhism into Thailand it became common for these Yants to be inscribed or tattooed onto the skin. Today, you will see many Thai men with one or several of these Yant Tattoos. Thai people believe in the powers of a Yant and there are many stories of people being shot at close range and the bullets failed to pierce the skin or horrific car crashes where the wearer of a Yant was completely unharmed.
Traditionally, a Yant is tattooed using a long bamboo stick with a split sharpened point like a quill called a Mai Sak or alternatively a long metal spike known as a Khem Sak. There are many designs of Yant available, each chosen to give either protective powers or good luck in business or in love. Many of the designs are universal but the Mantras may differ according to the Tattooer.
Sak Yants, so popular in Thailand, have attracted the interest of people in many other parts of the world who come to Thailand to receive a Yant including such well known people as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
We are often asked by foreigners where they can get a Sak Yant. Unfortunately, in many cases it is just a desire to follow fashion and get an unusual mystical looking tattoo. If people do not believe in the power of a Yant and are not prepared to follow the rules of conduct that go with a Yant then they would be better just to go to a Tattoo Studio. Sadly, some of the Monks and Brahmin Priests are not completely blameless in this matter. The lure of money has meant that some of the “big names” in Sak Yant now charge $1000 US or more.
Sak Yant Designs
Sak Yant – Power of Magic
Sak Yant – Hanuman
Sak Yant – Hah Taew Five Sacred Lines Yant
Sak Yant – Gao Yord 9 Spires Yant
Sak Yant – Tiger
Sak Yant – Monkey Ling Lom
Sak Yant – Paed Tidt Eight Direction Yant
Sak Yant – Phra Narai Song Khrut
Sak Yant – Paed Dan Eight Sided Yant
Sak Yant – Ganesh
Sak Yant – Tong Maharat Great Flag