A Thai amulet also referred as “votive tablet”, is Thai Buddhist blessed charms. The amulets are considered a “divine gift”, to help enhance luck and blessings in different aspects of life. One can use amulets to improve their wealth, love, health, marriage and relationships etc
Originally the amulets are placed under a stupa or other temple structure when it is built. Whenever the structure collapses, one can find many amulets. Some can be over a century old.
Thai Amulets have been a part of Thai culture since time immemorial. First amulets were supposed to have been made by a group of plants. These plants have medicinal properties, as well as the power to grant invulnerability.
Thai’s believed the amulets can counteract bad events, illness, black magic, evil spirits or misfortune such as accidents or assault.
Clay molded tiny Buddha images were mixed with the ashes of ascetic monks and then kept in a copper pot and kept below the earth. When ever need arises, they are excavated and used as powerful amulets.
Some of the amulets have been manufactured in temples and are blessed or consecrated and then given to important persons who make donations. This way money is raised for new temple buildings.
These days not only Thai’s but world over wears amulets.
There are 10 types of amulet as follows:
These things should be made with miraculous power before using.
Ways of using amulets
Various ways of using amulets are as follows:
An amulet is believed to possess a specific divine power such as reinforcing good virtue, avoiding catastrophe, bringing general prosperity, or providing supernatural powers, Thais normally will wear many amulets often in odd numbers (3,5,7 or 9) to ensure complete protection and good fortune. In selecting a right amulet, it is important for an a amulets collectors, that it is made and blessed by a revered teacher or monk. A valuable amulet is that which comes from a person who have special powers.
Unsacralized amulets are considered to be incomplete and have no power. Since an amulet is chosen by its protective or good fortune qualities, all care should be taken to maintain the sacredness. Those who wish to buy an amulet should verify the genuineness