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Buddhist Amulets and Talismans



Text and Photography by Nike - Sunday, July 10, 2011


Here on Samui, you will unmistakably catch a glimpse of the mystical Buddhist Talismans, amulets and charms. Almost every Thai person owns at least one of these, and you will see them being worn around the neck, wrists, as rings or on the dashboards of vehicles, or decorating the insides of houses. These Buddha charms comes in all shapes and sizes, some solid gold, antique and very valuable. These amulets, talismans and charms are blessed by Buddhist monks, some inscribed and each one uniquely chosen for the bearer for its' specific symbolism, strength, protection, luck etc. Many of these amulets are well over a hundred years old and have been passed on for many generations and to many a person. The blessings add up as it is passed on to another owner, thus making an antique Buddhist amulet very valuable and of great sentimental value.


The shelf

"The man who foolishly does me wrong, I will return to him the protection of my most ungrudging love, and the more evil comes from him, the more good shall go from me." - Buddha


These beautifully sculpted charms can be bought almost anywhere on Samui, at roadside stalls, night markets, or at temples. Copies of these are also abundantly available, but if you purchase an original piece it is important to ask or know the history behind it, the teachings and blessing of the monk who sanctified the charm and the symbolism of it.


The restaurant

"Better than a meaningless story of a thousand words is a single word of deep meaning which, when heard, produces peace." - Buddha


I personally like the symbolism of these Buddhist charms, they provide a sense of protection, even if only from the goodwill of the person who gifted you with one. I was given one by my Muay Thai trainer and cherish it very dearly. It is a nice feeling, the thought of being watched over by a blessed talisman, in this world that, at times, bears so many bad omens.




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