About Thai Amulets
This is probably a perfectly valid definition, but our more discriminating modern intellectuals would prefer to redefine the terms as “an object, either natural or man-made, which is believed to protect a person from trouble.” It is the same as a talisman where it’s usually be carried and worn around the neck. Many peoples do have faith in amulets if one does not feel comfortable wearing it around the neck. So, in that case, you can keep them in your handbag or purse, and it will still give you the same result.
In Thailand, there were many different types and variety of amulets and talismans. With emblem ranging from different Buddha’s and Devas images, to even sacred images and objects, each symbolises different meaning and serves a particular purpose. An amulet is an object, which is considered to have magical powers to the wearer. From archaeological evidence, we know that amulets were very common in the ancient cultures of the Bible lands, especially among Buddhism peoples. The Buddhist person wearing an amulet is as same as a Catholic wearing a cross. It is believed that the object will protect them against evil spirits, harm, unknown danger and bring good luck to the wearer.
Amulets can be made in many media, with clay, metal, wood, ceramic, porcelain and today with plastic figurines mostly with magical numbers, words or chants written on it. And amulet will be a simple pendant, but after magic words or chants are written on it, then they become powerful and ready to use, as they can be for love, money, good luck and even protection. An amulet can be anything, and It can be in the form of wood, powder, copper, bronze, clay or metal. Amulets are magic charms worn by people to protect themselves, and also to bring good luck. Together with other kinds of talismans, amulets are becoming very popular today. They are usually worn as a pendant on a necklace or hung on a chain inside the car interior rearview mirror. These so-called “sacred objects” and other engraved talisman are believed to have mystical powers, which supposedly bring personal protection, success and prosperity. They are often regarded as transmitters of healing energies and positive vibrations that are thought to promote feelings of peace and tranquillity.
Thai amulets are produced from the Thai temple in Thailand. Those amulets you see by the street as many came from the factories, it is different from those made from the temples. The ones that offer protection and good fortune will be those made from the temples as individual famous Thai guru monks blessed them. Those amulets made by individual Luang Phor or Archan were especially blessed with prayers of mantras. It empowered those Thai amulets to help the individual who bought them for protection or good luck. However, an amulet can not be considered a magical object if they are prepared by a proper spiritualist who undergoes with positive energies and magic chants, the amulets will become strong and powerful. So you cannot just take an amulet and wear it as a magical charm, an amulet without any ceremonies or rituals are only an ordinary metal pendant or a piece of wood.
For amulets that made by Thai temples had unique markings that allow expert collectors to identify whether or not it was made from the temple or factory. You will notice the significant difference in prices for buying the amulet. Those factory-made amulets that are not blessing by famous guru monks of Thai temple will likely be much cheaper and have no value in terms of protection or benefit. Buying amulets are very common among Thai people, and there are some rare collection of amulets that contain stories of people who wore them had averted disasters. These are real stories being told by the individual who had such experiences.
Talk about Thai amulets of their origin is made with faith and trust in the Buddha dharma of the Lord Buddha’s teachings by monks for their followers. Nowadays, there are many fake amulets in Thai amulet markets, and they are against Buddhism. The history of Thai amulets is to tell when and where the charms were creat. In very early times, amulets were natural objects as time went on, amulets changed its design into shapes and symbols, and chants of magical spells inspired these with powers.
The basis behind these contents is simply because the amulet if officially issued by a particular temple, the price usually is affordable for ordinary people to purchase in return for the act of conducting merit where the money will go into the temple development. There are two types of amulets, those that are inscribed with genuine, and those that are not. Amulets are used to protect the wearer from physical harm, to warn them of danger or as protection against superstitions and invisible enemy. There are also amulets carried for luck. Here on this page we wanted to give you some information to help you decide, is your amulet genuine and 100% authentic, or is it a faked? Nearly all Thai amulets are easily faked. You cannot tell from photos and even from their look. The best thing to look for a Thai amulet is whether the amulet seller is getting them from the temples. There are some reasons why fake amulets are produced, because that amulet is too popular, and the amulet is aged, and sell with a very high price in the market. Then it related to cause fake amulets. If you do not have knowledge about the amulet, you may be cheated by scams.
In order to obtain specific information for your particular amulet, you need to know the historical information about the amulet. Which temple, guru monks and the province which the amulet come? Please do not misjudge that a cheap amulet is not useful, and an expensive amulet will be effective. The most important issue is that when you hang the amulets on your neck or put it in your handbag, you must have full faith and trust on the amulets! Amulets are still popular today, but in the mainstream culture of lucky amulets, protection amulets and love amulets are commonly used. There is something within the collective consciousness that still place supernatural powers onto certain objects, or recognizes magical uses of particular natural objects; this is a tradition that has lasted since the beginning of time thought all cultures.
While you were in the amulet markets anywhere in Thailand, you will see those serious amulet collectors examine the amulet images through their eye loupe magnifying glass. However, It is a common practice for Thai amulet collectors to explore the difference between pieces in regards to the finesse of the powder and substance of the amulets. Here is some example of the details, what they are viewing through the object that they are holding at their fingertips with a single unblinking eye. For example such as mixture of fine and coarse powder, how evenly mixed is the mixture and the smoothness/ roughness of the surface, depth of the imprint, relief of the mould, the size, shape, thickness, height, wordings and Yantra scripts, direction of texts overlapping each other, the figure's face, eyes, forehead wrinkles, ears, hair, etc.
Every single piece of the amulet has its distinctive characteristics or sometimes referred to as defective marks. Hence, it is crucial to have a loupe to magnify the image to see these characteristics to learn. But it's rather tricky. It needs time and experiences to learn and develop the skills because Thai amulets comprise of many types, examiners who identify them must have specific knowledge on their imprints, materials and surface characteristics which are widely different. It takes time to learn them each by each.
Nowadays, there are many new and many categories of amulets in the market. Some peoples collect amulet because there is some value attached to it, and some manage as they amazed the miracles of the amulet they have heard before. Unfortunately, some collectors do not have sufficient knowledge on how to examine the genuine amulets. The best and safest ways for the less experienced collector's to look for an authentic amulet. It is a good idea if you can get to see the original piece of the amulet you intend to buy from the amulets market. After going through the original piece, you could be able to examine thoroughly with the exact details to the section that you are planning to buy. If you are unable to have the look of the original piece, you will be unable to compare the exact details with the original piece of the amulet.
Try to avoid the unknown or strange-look items. Otherwise, it is better to purchase it from the temples or purchase from the trustable dealers. We do not encourage collector to purchase their favourites amulet at the amulet markets because there are too many fakes amulet sold in bulks that are worthless. The most important thing you must know, in the amulet markets, the fakes and imitations overwhelm the genuine items. If you do not know about Thai amulets, it is a must to rely on the trustable dealers. Thai amulets are very common, and many are inexpensive. In Thailand to obtain a genuine amulet is as simple as walking into a temple and donate or making merit and you can have your very own amulet. It may or may not be expensive, but if it is being obtained at a temple. Although Thai amulets are very common and inexpensive, there are some very rare and costly too.
However, most important, one should collect amulet to one’s like and trust. It’s because if you have the belief and respect in your holy amulet, it will get a response with a strength in which the amulets will generate energy to protect and bless you. We do hope that all amulet collectors and devotees will get their genuine amulet’s and have full faith and trust on it, and you will have a blissful life. How does one tell real amulets from fake? The following photo attached shows part of the amulets market in Thailand, which I took from my trip there, where hundreds of thousands of counterfeit Buddha amulets display out for sales.
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