About Thai Amulets
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 symbolizes different meaning and serves a special 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 believe that the object will protects them against evil spirits, harm, unknown danger and bring good luck to the wearer.
The word "amulet" comes from the Latin AMULETUM, which according to Pliny, is “an object that protects a person from trouble”. 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. There are many peoples who do have faith in amulets, if one do 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.
Talisman name is an Arabic word TILASM, and from this the name TALISMAN has arrived. Talisman can be a metal, pendant, paper with magical numbers, words or chants written on it. As talisman will be a normal amulet but after magical 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, a small seashell, wood or a stone. It can be in the form of 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 rear view 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 tranquility.
Thai amulets are produced from Thai temple in Thailand. Those amulets made from the temples are different from those you see by the street as there are many that came from the factories. The ones that offer protection and good fortune will be those made from the temples as they were blessed by individual famous Thai guru monks. Those amulets made by individual Luang Phor or Archan were being specially blessed with prayers of mantras. It empowered those Thai amulets to help individual who bought them for protection or good luck. However, an amulet can not be considered as magical object. But they are prepared by proper spiritualist who undergo with positive energies and magic chants so that the amulets became 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 just an ordinary metal or a piece of wood.
For amulets that made by Thai temples had special markings that allow expert collectors to identify whether or not it was made from temple or factory. You will notice the significance difference in prices for renting (buying) of amulets. Those factory made amulets that are not blessing by individual famous monks of Thai temple will likely be much cheaper and has no value in terms of protection or blessing.
Renting amulets is a 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 true stories being told by individual who had such experiences.
The following picture is the amulet of Phra Khun Paen of LP Poon, Wat Pai Lom showing
the amulet front and back with the difference between a genuine and a fake one.
Phra Khun Paen of LP Poon is one of the amulet which is very popular in Thailand and overseas. This amulet is full of power and miracle and is hard to classify whether it is genuine or a fake one. By the way, it is important to see the remarkable things you don't know as shown below.
Sample of amulet comparison between Original and Fake
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, they are against the Buddhism. The history of Thai amulets is to tell when and where the amulets were first created. In very early times amulets were simply natural objects, as time went on amulets were fashioned into shapes and symbols. These were imbued with magical spells and powers.
The basis behind these contents is simply because the amulet if officially issued by a particular temple, the price is normally affordable for common 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 amulet, those that are inscribed with genuine amulets, and those that are not. Those that are not are simply fake’s objects by their own merit. When words are inscribed on a genuine object contain the power from the amulet is made of. Amulets are used to protect the wearer from physical harm, to warn them of danger or as protection against superstitions and invisible foes. 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. Sometimes it's impossible to tell in person too. The best thing to look for a Thai amulet is whether the amulet seller is getting them from the temple or not.
There are some reasons why fake amulets are produced, because that amulet’s is very popular, and the amulet is old and sell with very higher price in the market. Then it related to cause fake amulets. If you do not have knowledge about 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 monk’s and province did the amulet come from? Please do not misjudge that a cheap amulet is not effective, 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 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 certain 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 examine the difference between pieces in regards to the finesse of the powder and substance of the amulets. Here is some example of the details of 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 scripts overlapping each other, the figure's face, eyes, forehead wrinkles, ears, hair and etc. or click here to know what is he viewing?
Every single piece of 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 in order to learn. But it's rather difficult. It needs time and experiences to learn and develop skills, because Thai amulets comprise of many types, examiners who identify them must have specific knowledge’s on their imprints, materials and surface characteristics which are widely different. It really takes time to learn them each by each.
Nowadays, there is many new and many categories of amulets in the market. Some peoples collects amulet because there is some value attached to it, and some collects 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 experience 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 though the original piece you could be able to examine thoroughly with the exact details to the piece 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 amulet.
Try to avoid the unknown or strange-look items. Otherwise it’s better to purchase it from the temples, or purchase from the trustable dealers only. We do not encourage collector to purchase their favorites 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 have no knowledge on Thai amulets, it's a must to rely on the trustable dealers.
Thai amulets are very common and many are inexpensive to begin with. In Thailand to obtain an authentic amulet is as simple as walking into a temple and giving a donation or making merit for as little as 100-200 baht 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, but there are some very rare and expensive too.
However, most important, one should collect amulet’s to one’s like and trust. It’s because if you have the belief and respect in your holy amulet, it will response with a strength in which the amulet’s 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 fake Buddha amulets are laid out for rent.
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