- Sak Yant
Sak yant ( _th. สักยันต), also called yantra tattooing, is a form of sacred tattooing practiced in Southeast Asian countries including
Sak yant are normally tattooed by
Buddhistmonks or Brahminpriests. The most famous temple in the present day for Yant tattooing is Wat Bang Phrain Nakhon Chaysri, Nakhon Pathom Province, Thailand.
Yantradesigns that already existed in Hindu Indiawere adapted by the Khmeras Buddhismarrived from neighbouring India.Fact|date=February 2008 Records have shown that the tattoo dates back to Angkortimes.Fact|date=February 2008 Different masters have added to these designs through visions received in their meditations. Some Yant have been adapted from pre-Buddhist Shamanismand the belief in Animal Spirits that was to be found in the Southeast Asian sub-Continent and incorporated into the Thai Buddhist tradition.
The script used for Yant designs is ancient Khmer and
Cambodia, the tattoo is used for self-protection. Cambodians believe a yantrahas magical powers that ward off evil and hardship. The tattoois particularly popular amongst military personnel. The tattoo supposedly guarantees that the person cannot receive any physical harm as long as they follow certain conditions. A person is supposed not supposed to talk to anyone for three days and three nights after receiving a yantra. Another alternative is to follow the five Buddhistprecepts which are you cannot kill, steal, cheat, be intoxicated by alcohol or lust over women.
Yant designs are also applied to many other mediums, such as cloth or metal, and placed in one's house, place of worship, or vehicle as a means of protection from all kinds of dangers, or against illness, to increase wealth or attract lovers etc.
* [http://www.cambodianscene.com./index.php?target=article&title=magicmasters Khmer Protective Tattoos: History and Role in Modern Society]
* [http://www.leisurecambodia.com/Leisure_Cambodia/No.17/tattoo.html Leisure Cambodia]
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