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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.