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Post time 2013-2-28 21:25:20 |Display all floors
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Religious amulets are gaining popularity in Asia, especially after visiting Thailand. The countries of Thailand and Myanmar have the most Buddhist Temples (Wats) and Pagodas (Chedi) in the World, notably the tallest Buddhist monument in Nakhon Pathom and  the famous Golden Pagoda in Rangoon.

In Bangkok itself, some famous temples, such as Wat Trimit, a pure Golden Buddha weights at least 5 tons, the Jade Buddha housed in Wat Phra Kaew, the largest Wat of the  sleeping Buddha at Wat Pho just next to Wat Phra Kaew, a huge standing Buddha at Wat Intharawihan, etc, etc.

Apart from temples, there are many shrines, such as the City Pillar and the famous Thao Maha Phrom aka four face Buddha, the Erawan Shrines.

Most tourists after visited some temples, will definitely obtained some Amulets or talismans, as remembrance of their tour and to be worn or put in their cars, as recommended for peace of mind, safety, etc.

Just some of the Amulets made famous by the late Monks of Luang Phor Pae and Luang Phor Khron

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The Bodhisattva of compassion is very popular in the Mahayana tradition to the Chinese peoples around the World, also known as Goddess of Mercy or Kwan In, and much venerated and worshipped in Asia. The tallest standing Kwan In is in Sanya, Hainan

Thousand hands Kwan In with Dragon and Phoenix at the back.

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Kwan In standing on the Dragon

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The Empress of Heaven, Tianhou is also known by the Chinese as Mazu Niangniang, was born in Meizhou Island, near Putian in Fukian province in AD 960, by the woman named Lin Mo. She was deified as Goddess of the Sea and Protector of Sailors, for helping sailors in distress. Even after her death, fishermen and sailors in danger also seem the red-clothed apparition.

Most of those Chinese immigrants whose seek fortune in Nanyang (SE Asia) in the last century also pray to Mazu for their safe journey. Their sail boat took almost a week to reach their destination, under most  unpredictable wheather in the open sea.

Mazu temples can be seem in most countries as long as their descendants hailed from China, especially to those who lived near the sea. Ferry operators, before the start of the journey, often pray to Mazu for a safe destination.

When I was a little boy, my mum gave me a talisman, sew up in a triangle tiny red cloth with soil from Meizhou Island, telling me for protection against dangers associated with water.

Some of the amulets and talisman from one of the Mazu temple in Southern Thailand. The temple is sponsored by a British Governor.

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Amulets of Kwan In Pusa comes in many forms and styles, and made of different materials, such as, jade, scared powders, alloys of nine or seven metals, gold, silver or just copper or brass.

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San Jao Lim Ko Niaw :

In Southern Thailand at Pattani province, a Chinese immigrant Lim To Khiang, planned to married a Muslim woman and converted to Islam. To show his faith to Islam, he decided to construct a mosque in 1578. His sister Lim Ko Niaw, sailed from China, trying to change her brother's mind of converted to Islam and marrying the woman.

After so many attempts of persuading, his sister Lim Ko Niaw, placed a curse on the mosque before hanging at a hereby cashew tree. The mosque till today still not completed, whenever someone try to finish the work, lightning will strike at the mosque.

A replica of the tree, where the statue of Lim Ko Niaw is made and sanctified and place in the San Jao Leng Ju Khiang Shrine (Lim Ko Niaw). Thousands of devotees from other provinces and nearby countries, come during Chinese New Year, to ask for favour and peace and prosperity for the coming year.

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This post was edited by Dragons8 at 2013-3-10 09:03

Amulets and religious talisman, including sacred rolled sheet or takrut are multi millions dollars industry in Thailand. The popularity of such sacred religious objects reaches world wide, but mostly famed in SE Asia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and now in China. Some film stars also worn amulets for safety, due to the nature of their stunts.

Most of the amulets are easily available in most Thai Buddhist temples outside Thailand, but for every 1000 amulets made in temple, that carried out the proper Buddhist consecration, lasting for days or as long as for months, and also another 1000 or more amulets made by factories, which did not carried out consecration at all ... meaning replicas, copied, or fake. Just like any cars without engines are useless.

Amulets are valueless or priceless, except for the prices quoted by the temples who made such amulets to recover the cost and moneies made, and for maintenance of temples and some other charities, which required funds.

Prices of amulets varied greatly from the time they are released to the public. If made by most famous and popular temples, all the pre-booking already snapped up, especially for those made by special materials, such as gold, silver and nine alloys. Those that make very limited pieces, also commanded high price. Sacred powders amulets are made with highly trained monks using chalk to write scared wording of incantation on the board and collecting the dust of the wording. The dust is then form a solid piece and let to dry, and the whole incantation are repeated with four other magical writing and collecting of the dust. Nowadays, most amulets making are mixed with those old amulets from various temples to benefit and enhance the "power" of the amulets. That's why old amulets are very very expensive and most sort after, BUT imitation also flooded the market awaiting for greedy and unexpected customers.

The most sort after amulets are those amulets worn by devotee, who happened to survive a shooting and car accident incidence. The bullets bluishes on the body is the testimonial of those who survived the gun shot.

Like any religious items  or sacred amulets, some prohibition or Buddhist Precepts must be followed.

1)  to asbtain from destroying life.
2)  to asbtain from taking things not given.
3)  to abstain from sexual misconduct.
4)  to abstain from false speech.
5)  to abstain from alcoholic drinks

Amulets can be a weighty too.
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Post time 2013-3-11 20:37:27 |Display all floors
This post was edited by Dragons8 at 2013-3-12 08:31

At most temples, there will be some counters or special building for devotees to get some amulets or talismans or sacred rolled sheets or statues to bring back home, either to venerate at home or placing on the vehicle or worn inside the shirt pocket. Most Thai will displayed their chain of amulets outside their dressing, these tiny Buddha images or monks, will reminded them of the Dharma, taught by Buddha.

Amulets comes in many shapes and designs and also of various sizes. Most temples designed their own styles to suit their popularity and reputation, and not all temples will be having the same styles. Each design of amulet and takrut will served different function and usage, but most important of all, wearers must faith and believed, otherwise without faith any religious objects, is just like any decorative ornament.

In some famous temples, own released amulets are housed in their own building. There will be various make-up stalls stationed outside the compound, also selling amulets, which belonging to individual dealers trying to have a slice in the amulets industry. These dealers dealing in all sort of amulets and from various temples, some not even authentic in the eyes of any serious collectors.

There are a few amulets markets in the capital and in other cities. Don't be misled  and tempted by the dirt low price tags on displayed. All these are factory made amulets, no consecration done, and their machinery  run non-stop, just to fullfilled the demand of some dealers and con men, who will in turn prey on tourists and an unsuspected devotees of Buddhist faiths.

Just beware in most tourist attraction temples, peoples will be standing at exit areas will be trying to harass tourists to buy their amulets holding in their hands, claiming to be owned by their grandfather, or national treasures.

Just some of the pictures of amulets counters at various temples.

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