Amulet (am·u·let) : An object worn, especially around the neck, as a charm against evil or injury.
“What is sacred? Everyone has something sacred within themselves. To have been born as a complete human being is already sacred. One can be sacred only from within oneself, and not by any amulet or other so-called sacred objects. Dhamma is sacred, and to have this sacredness, one must have Dhamma within oneself.” - Luang Pu Waen Sujinno, Wat Doi Mae Pang, Chiangmai
Welcome to the World of Thai Amulets
From the advent of Buddhism more than 2000 years ago, the sacred images of the Lord Buddha and his Holy Disciples have been created and distributed to His followers who seek solace and peace in the holy images. When Buddhism was brought on from the Lord Buddha's original birthplace of ancient India, the tradition of making holy sacred images was brought along to the countries where His teachings have left a great imprint and changed the countries' historical development and social fabric.
The greatest influence is in the country of Thailand, where the images were recreated in the forms of statues, amulets, handwritten scrolls, etc. The skills of creating such images were handed down from generation to generation, sometimes resulting in a lineage of great masters whose sacred creations have since been much sought after by collectors from around the world.
In Thailand, great gurus have been worshipped throughout Thai recorded history; like the revered abbot of Rakhang Monastery (Wat Rakhang Kositaram) Somdej Toh Promrangsi of Thonburi; the charitable guru KhruBa Sri Vichai of Doi Suthep Monastery (Wat Doi Suthep) in Chiang Mai; the legendary Luang Pu Thuad of Changhai Monastery (Wat Changhai) in Pattani; the Arahant Acharn Mun of Pa Salawan Monastary (Wat Pa Salawan) in Isaan who revived the Forest Monks Tradition; the guru who revived the Dhammakaya tradition, the revered abbot of Paknam Monastery (Wat Paknam Phasicharoen) Luang Phor Sodh in Thonburi and countless other remarkable Buddhist masters.
These gurus have either left behind objects of power consecrated through infinite virtues and supreme meditative powers, or sacred images made in commemoration and rememberance of their compassion to the ordinary laymen. Even images of the Lord Buddha found in the Pagodas (Chetiya) were being discovered over the generations and are greatly revered by all alike. Terracotta (Nur Din), lead and silver alloy (Nur Chin), red rust (Nur Sanim Daeng); images of the Lord Buddha were being given individual specialized names by the Thais for identification purposes.
Although these amulets were created for many purposes like celebrating an event, for the raising of funds to rebuild a temple, for the purpose of distribution to alleviate hardship and calamity, for the preparation and boosting of morale during war (World War 2, Indochina War, Vietnam War, Korean War, etc.), it takes a trained and informed individual to identify objects worthy of reverance and collection. Throughout the years in collecting these holy objects, there are many replicas of the original items and also many disappointed individuals when the "treasures" they have held so tightly in their collection turn out to be nothing more than a heap of clay or metal which were being manufactured en masse by unauthorised and unqualified people.
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