Sak Yant History
Origin and spreading of the Sak Yant tattoos
The Asian Art of Sak Yant tattoo has its origins in Kambuja, the today's Cambodia, respectively in the ancient city of Angkor Wat.
over 1,000 years ago, the symbolism and the writing of the ancient Khmer and Pali Buddhist scripture have been adopted.
This special font is also called as Âksâr khâm.
A magical Yantra tattoo gets engraved
The Yanras (by the way...Sak Yant way means Yantra Tattoo) have Hindu origins and were used and combined with the corresponding mantra applies it as a representation of the Divine for thousands of years.
In a Yantra is usually a geometric figure, often reflected on the respective axes.
A Sak Yant accordingly consists out of three different components:
The Yantra, the Pali text and the associated mantra.
Very popular are the Sak Yant mainly in Southeast Asia, especially in Cambodia, Thailand and Laos.
They were used according to tradition, mainly for fighters, warriors and security guards, not least for women.
Warriors got tattooed an esoteric text on the chest, the back or at the arms, which should give them strength and endurance and also protect them from injury, a defeat or death.
Even if you personally do not believe in magic, imagine just the scenario: You're sitting with 100 warriors before a battle starts, in a tent.
The holiest of monks your religion comes to engrave you all a Sak Yant what to give you strength and endurance.
The procedure is painful, but you as a warrior, you suppress the pain.
The monk is singing all the time during the tattooing his trancelike mantras.
Then the tattoo will be filled with magic and blessed.
Even if this is - in your opinion - no magic, so those warriors were so much affected that they were naturally strengthened.
The were going fully motivated into the war.
Therefore, this magic of the Sak Yant was working.
A warrior Sak Yant as from the movie Yamada: The Samurai of Ayothaya
Down to the present day there is in Southeast Asia, mainly in Cambodia and Thailand, a huge number of Buddhist temples in which Sak Yant monks get trained.
Here, for example, the temple of Wat Bang Prha, in Nakhon Pathom province, about 50 kilometers east of Bangkok.
About 10 to 15 years ago, we saw mainly policemen, soldiers, security officials but also men of the mafia, who wanted to be protected with the sacred Sak Yant.
But there was a change of history, since the actress Angelina Jolie received from a known Sak Yant Ajan (Master), the so-called Hah Taew Sak Yant.
Since this, countless women were pilgrim in temples and to Ajans to get tattooed the same tattoo at the same place.
For several years, it is now not only gait and grant for the monks that women get tattooed, it also often happens that women were the majority.
The holy Sak Yant tattoo temple Wat Bang Phra, close to Bangkok
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