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6 Famous Thai Amulets and How They Can Help You

The unbelievable powers of Thai amulets: protection, wealth, attraction and invisibility.

More amulets are made and sold in Thailand than anywhere else in the World, with 7 people out of 10 wearing them every day and annual sales of 1.6 billion dollars.

Some buy them only for collection, while many others believe in their magical powers: from enhancing wealth and love life to protection from weapons and invisibility.

The popularity of Thai amulets stretches far beyond the Country’s borders, with many international superstars wearing them daily.

It is said that Jackie Chan survived falling from a building thanks to a Phra Khrueang, and that Italian footballer Roberto Baggio owes his success to two takruts from Master LP Khoon.

Thai amulets are made by Buddhist monks or village shamans (mo phi หมอผี) and are consecrated through mantra chanting, rituals and other unrepeatable actions.

This aspect is very important as the power of an amulet (and its price) largely depends on who made and consecrated it.

Rarity is key: a specimen from a small series by a Monk that lived centuries ago can be worth over 50 thousand dollars.

The variety of Thai amulets and their different classifications is truly impressive and this is why we choose to describe just a small and quite random selection of them.

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To read about the history of World’s major amulets and their powers, have a look at “The Complete Book of Amulets & Talismans” by Migene González-Wippler

1. Takrut ตะกรุด

Takrut has the shape of a small tube containing a tiny scroll made of different materials.

The scroll is inscribed with sacred mantras written in ancient languages, Yantra (mystical diagrams) and/or pictures.

Takrut are usually worn with a chain around the neck or the waist, but can also be put on specific parts of the body to empower them.

Very small Takrut can even be hidden between the teeth to give the carrier outstanding speaking skills. 

Protection from harm, accidents, black magic and blades are Takrut’s most common powers. 

On Thai Tattoos: “Sacred Skin: Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos” by Tom Vater and Aroon Thaewchatturat

2. Kuman Thong กุมารทอง

The internet is full of info on Kuman Thong. The problem is, most of it is misleading or false.

Many state that all Kuman Thong are made of roasted, corpse oil-infused, gold leaf-covered fetuses of children who died in their mother’s womb.

Reality is different: amulet masters capture the soul of an unborn child into an otherwise lifeless container, usually a doll or a fetus/child statue.

Using a Human fetus as a container is, instead, a very rare albeit well documented practice, obviously illegal in Thailand and anywhere else.

Kuman Thong are not meant to be worn, but rather kept in a designated area of the house, properly dressed and given milk, soda and toys offerings.

When taken care of, they can protect the household from any danger as they are able to hear anything within a 20000 Km radius; when not, they can cause harm to their owner and his family.

In a passage of the Thai epic poem “Khun Chang Khun Phaen“, translated by Chris Baker, Khun Phaen creates a Kuman Thong using the unborn child of his own wife.

3. Phra Khrueang พระเครื่อง

Initially meant as a gift by monks in exchange for temple donations, Phra Krueang is the most common of Thai amulets.

Tablet or medal-shaped, they usually show the image of Buddhist/Hindu deities or famous monks, and are made of temple dust, pollen, assorted ashes, pulverized monk’s hair and robes, etc.

Notable Phra Krueang include Phra Somdej (simple in appearance but considered the King of amulets), Phra Rod (discovered in a collapsed temple), Phra Kring (with a rattling bead inside) and Jatukham Rammathep, see below.

Phra Krueang owners have to “on/off” them with prayers before/after wearing them (always above the waist) and never put them in the room where sex happens.

Different Phra Krueang bear different powers, including protection from black magic, career and aura improvement, better health and inner peace.

For an insight on Buddhist practice by the most famous Thai meditation teacher and laywoman, we recommend “Pure and Simple: The Extraordinary Teachings of a Thai Buddhist Laywoman” by Upasika Kee Nanayon

4. Palad Khik ปลัดขิก

Normally worn by males only, Palad Khik are penis shaped amulets that come in very different forms, sizes and materials (wood included).

Palad Kik are crafted and consecrated by specialized makers and many see a connection between them and Shiva Lingam, the Hindu emblem of generative power.

Some Masters are even able to raise Palad Khik with their blessings, a mystical erection you can admire in this video.

Palad Khik is either worn on the body (around the waist and under clothes) or put in shops, with enormous ones usually located at house entrances.

The powers Palad Khik bring to the wearer include attracting women, increasing gambling luck and sales, protection against weapons and water purification.

For an insight on Shiva and the different interpretations of Shiva Lingam, check “Shiva to Shankara: Giving Form to the Formless” by Devdutt Pattanaik

5. Jatukham Rammathep จตุคามรามเทพ

The history of this type of Phra Krueang is rather recent: Southern Thailand retired policeman Mr Rajadej produced its first series in 1987.

It represents the unified, deified form of two local Srivijaya era (757-1257) prince brothers, venerated as Temple Protectors since centuries.

After the death of 108 years old Mr Rajadej in 2007, the popularity of this amulet rose immensely, reaching Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Indonesia.

Jatukham Rammathep even hit the global news when a woman lost her life and hundreds were injured in the stampede to acquire one of its rarest versions.

Unlike most Thai amulets, not meant to be shown to everybody, this type of amulet is proudly worn out to be visible, and has wealth attracting and gunshot protection powers.

For a general History of Thailand, check “A History of Thailand” by Chris Baker

6. Phra Pidta พระปิดตา

Phra Pidta represents an overweight seated guy sheltering his face with hands and can be made of either powders or metals.

Some say it represents Katyayana (a disciple of Buddha), others dissent, but everybody agrees on one fact: Phra Pidta can hide its wearer from dangers.

In other words, wearers will become invisible to unwanted or hostile people, who may as well not show up where they are.

For this reason, Phra Pidta is very popular among criminals and fugitives and avoided by actors and salespeople.

Prominent Malaysian gangster Botak Chin, who miraculously escaped police raids and arrests, always wore a Phra Pidta and many sources even claim this amulet was illegal in Singapore until 1979.

For an Introduction to the Eightfold Path practice, have a look at “The Noble Eightfold Path: Way to the End of Suffering” by Bhikku Bodhi 

Believe me, in this article we just scratched the surface of the crazy world of Thai amulets.

We didn’t even mention whole categories, like amulets made of animal parts and auspicious plants but we promise more is yet to come!

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