[update: had a video of the process up, but took it down as it contained secret forms] [update 5/15/14 – see my additional Sangwang Rahu sak yant from Arjan Pi, as well] Sak Yant – Sacred Tattoo I’ve gone back and forth about how I feel about sak yant, or sacred tattooing in Thailand, for a long time. On the one hand, I like how they look and my initial understanding of them was an association with Muay Thai, as protective tattoos for warriors. On the other hand, I’m not Thai – it’s not my history or tradition – my
CategorySak Yant – Sacred Thai Tattoo
Sak Yant are the sacred tattoos of Thailand. They are expressions of both Buddhist beliefs and a layering of occult, animistic powers. Individual sak yant do not “mean” something, in that they are not mostly seen as conveying messages, but rather they are thought to “do” things. They protect, empower, enchant, enhance, promote. And they do this much as how a device might. You do not ask what a toaster means, you ask what it does…it toasts. Sak Yant, through the invocation of the depicted, the powers of sacred script placed in the skin, the powers of the sak yant Arjan, are seen to bring supernatural forces to bear positively on your life. The depicted: Phra Hanuman, Tigers, Takroh, lines of sacred text, etc., each are distinct in their effect. For me I’ve come to see them as both a painful, sanctified process that hone’s the mind, and a regular visual meditation on the substance of what they are, what is depicted. These are the articles I have written on sak yant.