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Year of the Dragon

2012 is the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese Zodiac. In the Thai Zodiac, the Dragon is often replaced by a Naga. The Year of the Dragon and the Chinese New Year will commence on the 23rd January 2012 and will be influenced by the Element “Water”. In the Chinese Zodiac and also the
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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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The Phi Kraseu ( ผีกระสือ ) is not only the most feared Thai Ghost but also perhaps the most recognizable of all Thai Spirits. Certainly, the Phi Kraseu is the best known Thai Ghost among Westerners, thanks mainly to the proliferation of Thai Ghost Movies which feature the Phi Kraseu. The subject of Thai Ghosts
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Do you believe in Ghosts. If you do then you are in for a treat in Thailand’s Spirit World. In Thailand, ghosts, known as Phi or Pii, are no laughing matter. Most Thai people believe in ghosts and even those who say they don’t will still take elaborate measures to ensure that members of the
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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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The traditional art of Thai fruit carving including watermelon carving, began in Thailand in the 14th century during the reign of King Phra Ruang, the 1st King of the Sukothai Kingdom. The first fruit carving is said to have been created to decorate a kratong during the Thai festival of Loy Kratong. Originally seen only
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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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Wat Sanghathan

Wat Sanghathan Meditation Center, one of the popular Thailand Meditation Centers, is located in the Thailand Province of Nonthaburi, very close to Bangkok. Wat Sanghathan Meditation Center offers Meditation based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, Mindfulness on breathing and other methods as taught in the Tripitaka (Scriptures). You are allowed to stay at the
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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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