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Sak Yant; Sak – meaning “to tap” or, “to tattoo”, and Yant, meaning “Yantra”.
For hundreds of years, Thai and Khmer warriors where renowned and feared for the magical markings tattooed on their skin.
These markings were a mix of Buddhist psalms and prayers, and shamanistic spells and sorcery that had survived the Religious transition from the pre-Buddhist, Hindu era and been incorporated in the belief system of the newly born Buddhist countries. Since the days of King Nareswon, in the golden era of Ayuttaya, Thai soldiers have sought protection in the power of Sak Yant and the wearing and praying to of amulets.
Thai soldiers were nicknamed “Taharn Phee” (ghost soldiers) In WW2, Korean, Vietnam wars, by the allied forces, because of their Sak Yant tattoos and amulets.
Many Muay Thai Boxers (“Nak Muay”), seek the magical powers said to be afforded them by Sak Yant tattoos.
Stories abound of miraculous escapes from serious injury from motor vehicle accidents, violent assaults, stabbings and even gunshots, I (webmaster) personally, have met an ex British soldier, who while serving in Iraq, took a direct hit on his helmet from a bullet, which ricocheted away without peircing, he firmly believes that it was from the effect of his Yants, that he received from Archarn Anek.
A Yant is a Sacred geometrical design that provide powers of protection and various blessings through Buddhist psalms and magical formulas. The Buddhist psalms written in Thai or Khmer script around these yant are know as “kata”. A kata is also known as “Mantra” in the western world, the word Mantra is a Sanskrit word meaning “prayer”.