Sak Yant

A Sak Yant is a Sacred or Buddhist Tattoo applied and blessed by Buddhist Monks in Thailand. Sak Yant Tattoos have been very popular with Thai people for many years but are now being sought by many Westerners. The Hah Taew Yant that Angelina Jolie received in Thailand has given a great deal of exposure in the West to Sak Yants. Sak Yants, with their powers of protection and luck and good fortune blessings come in a huge variety of different designs and we will look at some of the more popular ones. Unfortunately, Chiang Mai does not have many Buddhist Monks doing Sak Yant work and those that do are in remote Temples on the outskirts of the city.

Sak Yant Chiang Mai - Tao Reuan - Turtle Tattoo

The Sak Yant design Tao Reuan or Turtle tattoo is well known throughout Thailand where it is believed that the Lord Buddha, in a previous incarnation, was born as a turtle. Among the many stories concerning the Buddha’s life as a turtle, is one that describes that after a period of meditation, the turtle grew [Read More…]

Sak Yant Chiang Mai - Bua Gao Gaap

The Sak Yant design Bua Gao Gaap is the Nine petalled Lotus. Gaap is a Northern Thai word meaning petalled and this gives a clue as to the origin of the Bua Gao Gaap Sak Yant design. Bua Gao Gaap is a Lanna design from Tambol Doi Loh in Chiang Mai province. The Lotus is [Read More…]

Sak Yant Chiang Mai - Ruesi Mor Yah

The Sak Yant Ruesi Mor Yah is a healing Yant. In ancient times, a Mor Yah was a person skilled in traditional medicines, roots, minerals and herbs with healing properties. The Ruesi were sages who spent much time in meditation, frequently as hermits. The Ruesi possessed psychic and supernatural powers which they used to cast [Read More…]

Sak Yant Chiang Mai - Gao Yord - Nine Peaks

The Sak Yant design known as Gao Yord or Nine Peaks is one of the most popular of all the Sak Yant Designs and with very good reason. The Gao Yord is the “Yant Kru” or Master Yant and is a most sacred Buddhist tattoo with very wide ranging powers of protection and is quite [Read More…]

Sak Yant Chiang Mai - Hah Taew - 5 Lines

Of all the Sak Yant Buddhist Tattoo designs, the Hah Taew or 5 Lines Yant is the best known in the West mainly due to the publicity surrounding the Hah Taew Sak Yant Angelina Jolie received from Ajarn Noo Ganpai. What is not so well known about the Sak Yant Hah Taew is that its [Read More…]

Sak Yant Chiang Mai - Prajao Sip Hok Phra Ong

The Sak Yant design PraJao Sip Hok Phra Ong is one of the most powerful protection Yants available. Prajao Sip Hog Phra Ong means “16 Buddhas”. This Sak Yant was given by the Sak Yant Master Phra Ajarn Dton in Chiang Mai and if you look at the last photograph in our photo series below, [Read More…]

Sak Yant Chiang Mai - Pa Ya Hong Tong

This Sak Yant design is called Pa Ya Hong Tong which means King of the Golden Swans. Legend has it that the Lord Buddha, in a previous life as Bodhisattva Siddhartha Gotama, was born as a beautiful Golden Swan called Dhatarath and had over 90,000 swans as followers. The Golden Swan is a symbol of [Read More…]

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