What is Thai Amulet ?
A Thai Buddha amulet often referred as “Small Buddhist figurine” made of clay, metal, wood, bone, or any material. It is used to raise funds to help the temple producing the amulets. Worshippers can obtain an amulet or Thai Buddhist monk blessing by simply donating money or offering oil to the temple. After the donation, the monk will give them an amulet as a gift. The amulets no longer simply are considered a “gift”, but a tool to help enhance luck in different aspects of life. People use amulets to improve their marriage, wealth, health, love and relationships.
It is a Thai tradition to place amulets under a stupa or other temple structure when it is built. When the structure collapses, many amulets may be found. Some can be over a century old.
Almost every Thai Buddhist has at least one Thai amulet. It is common to see young or elderly people wear one or many amulets around the neck in order to get closer to the Buddha.
Amulets are made using the Buddha image, an image of a famous monk, or even an image of the monks who made the amulets. Amulets vary in size, shape, and materials such as plaster, bone, wood, or metal.
They may include ash from incense or old temple structures, or hair from a famous monk to add protective power to the amulets. After the amulets are made, the maker will then ask the monks who live in temples or monks from other temples join together and practice will, chant, pray and bless the amulets. This process may take from a week to more than three years.
The price of an amulet not only depends on its appearance, but also on its scarcity, its maker, its age and the magic classes as well.
There are many fake amulets in market. Many collectors and devotees have a trusted dealer of authentic amulets, for the study and authentication of real amulets is as complex a matter as is to be found in the antique trade, or collector purposes.