Thai Amulets

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Most visitors to Thailand might have noticed that many Thai people wear amulets (พระเครื่อง prá-krûeang). Thai amulets are special Buddha images. They are made of an almost infinite variety of substances , gold, silver, platinum, copper etc. There are probably a million different styles of Buddha amulets in Thailand. The amulet is worn around the neck often with gold or silver chain.

Amulets are believed to possess a variety of sacred powers such as the ability to protect the wearer from accident or illness. Miracle stories about how an amulet saved someone from drowning or helped business occasionally be found on local newspaper.

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The amulet business in Thailand is vast. The value of an amulet has no correlation to what they are made from. Instead, the value of Thai amulets is all in the reputation of the creator of the amulet, along with the subject of the amulet. The amulets are mostly connected to the monk who first made them.

Amulets made from compressed dirt and clay can command prices in the millions of Thai baht. In US Dollars, sometimes an amulet can sell for 1 million dollars – it is not unheard of. The reason is that there are certain amulets said to have more power than others. Buyers pay for the power of the amulet, to help them through life. You can often see on television, high society Thais wearing amulets that are worth millions of baht. Amulets are something of a status symbol for many Thai people as well.

The most expensive amulet in world:

เหรียญหลวงปู่ไข่ Luang Puu Kai Amulet from Cherng Lane temple is the most expensive amulet in the world. It is made of copper, the first version was made in year 1930 and it believes that there are less than 70 pieces. It has value of 30 million Baht each.


เหรียญหลวงปู่ไข่ Luang Pu Khai Amulet


Restrictions When Wearing an Amulet:

1. ห้ามด่าแม่ Do not insulting someone’s mother

2. ห้ามเป็นชู้ลูกเมียเขา Do not have an affair

3. ห้ามใส่พระเข้าสถานบริการทางเพศ หรือใส่มีเพศสัมพันธ์เด็ดขาด Do not wear an amulet in a brothel or wear it while having sexual intercourse

Some photos of people who are really into amulets:


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11 Responses to Thai Amulets

  1. MJ Low 13/06/2017 at 20:40 #

    Hi, may I know the classifier for amulets, can one “aun” [ classifier for small objects }. Also what is the Thai language protective casing for the amulets . Thanks

    • Mod 10/07/2017 at 10:15 #

      “อัน /aun/” is a common classifier for small objects, but amulets are respectable and holy item so we don’t use อัน /aun/ the word “องค์ /ong/” is used.

      The protective casing is called “กรอบ /gràwb/”.

  2. Ophath 22/01/2017 at 05:00 #

    If I wanted to sale an amulet that is about 450 to 500 years old,what is the best to sale to or whom

    • Mod 10/04/2017 at 11:06 #

      I am afraid I don’t have knowledge about amulet sales.

  3. Paul 02/10/2015 at 12:14 #

    Short but very interesting contribution about thai culture. Keep up your great work!

  4. david 30/09/2015 at 11:44 #

    The amulates I get, but what is with the rose coloured glasses?

    • Mod 04/10/2015 at 17:38 #

      I am not sure what rose coloured glasses is.

      • Sean 13/11/2015 at 06:11 #

        Metaphorically, rose colored glasses mean to be overly optimistic in your views or outlook. David might have been referring to the man in the fourth picture with red (rose) glasses. I have two questions Mod if you could please answer them. Do you wear any amulets? Does the size of the amulets signify anything (look at how large the ones some of the men wore)? ขอขอบคุณสำหรับเวลาของคุณ

        • Mod 23/11/2015 at 12:06 #

          I don’t wear any necklace because I don’t like anything around my neck so I don’t wear an amulets. The size of the amulets doesn’t signify anything, I think some people just like to be outstanding. 🙂

  5. Ejnar Jepsen 29/09/2015 at 19:46 #

    I would like to learn more about amulets. Are there any litterature in English to be recomended?

    • Mod 04/10/2015 at 17:39 #

      I am sorry I am not aware of this subject much.

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