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Buddhist amulets worn by 70 per cent of Thais, survey finds

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Buddhist amulets worn by 70 per cent of Thais, survey finds

More than 70 per cent of Thais wear Buddha amulets, a Suan Dusit Poll has revealed, whether as a matter of faith or worship, belief in its protective power or as a gift from respected seniors.

The most popular amulets are those bearing the likeness of the monks Luang Pu Thuad of Wat Chang Hai (47 per cent of all amulets worn) and Phra Somdej Toh (21.9 per cent).

The survey conducted among 1,126 people nationwide from September 11-15, found that 12.9 per cent wore Luang Por Sothorn amulets, 9.4 per cent Luang Phu Toh's Phra Pidta (Close Eyes) amulets and 8 per cent Luang Por Ngern of Wat Bang Klan.

Forty-one per cent of amulet wearers acquired them via “Chao Phra” purchases, 32 per cent got them from their parents, 7.7 per cent received them from respected seniors and employers, 7 per cent from other relatives, 6 per cent from grandparents, and 5.5 per cent from friends or relationship partners or free from a temple.

Nearly 57 per cent of Thais wear an amulet out of faith, spiritual dependence, or its protective power, 25 per cent due to personal religious belief, and 14 per cent out of tradition and Buddhist practice. Four per cent wear them for other reasons, including as a fashion item.

Nearly 43 per cent said the Thai Buddha-amulet market was growing fast and becoming more popular, 20 per cent found it more commercial amid price speculation, and 13.6 per cent believed the sluggish economy was slowing the market.

Another 12.3 per cent said the Chao Phra purchase system should be standardised and complained about forgeries, while 11.3 per cent saw it as a niche market where interested people could exchange items and information.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


The Amulet Business in Thailand

No difference to a westerner wearing a cross round their neck thinking they will be safer and guided in the right direction, or a star of david, depends on your religion. for some just a piece of jewelry.  although there is no real evidence they work as to keep you safe and guide you away from wrong doing. but those that have been lucky enough to survive a bad situation will claim that the amulet a lucky charm saved them. good to have a faith, sometimes after a donation the monk will give an amulet as a gift. The amulets that have been blessed are considered by some as tool to help enhance luck in different aspects of life. People use amulets to improve their wealth, health, love and relationships, also could be in line for the lottery.

No matter who, from all walks of life executive to a laborer, most wear Buddhist amulets, where ever you are in Thailand your always near a buddhist. 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, being the idea to get closer to Buddha.

Big money in Amulets, buying and selling more than some realise, Amulets can fetch upwards of 1m Baht depending on their origin and age. if you wander around China Town Bangkok you will find plenty of traders dealing. not so much a lucky charm but big business. is it more to do with making money than faith or superstition with some. the Buddhist imagery and wearing an amulet was originally to remind folk of what path to take in life and your commitment to budah.
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


The Mysterious Faith of Buddhism

Facinating is the mystery and vitality of spiritual life, you can feel the power in every form. certainly opens to doubt and questioning for spiritual life and beyond. since my time here i have adapted into a two faiths, although being a christian, i follow and believe some of the rules of buddhism, is that allowed, of course it is, up to you, as they say. more and more people are finding that they can be genuinely nourished by more than one religious tradition.

Not so long ago most people took their religion for granted. You were born into a religion, you lived in it, and you died in it. no so now. some people yearn for something a little different, more than a life of materialism, looking for something that gives deeper meaning and happiness.  those who think of themselves as spiritual but not really religious can find a lot in Buddhism to help them understand where they are going, like a personal path.

did i just say that ;)
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


how interesting, our religion was chosen for us when we were born. we lived with it, without realy thinking about it. when i was a kid we were made to go to church and sunday school, it was just a thing you did, no thought was given. there was an irish family living close by to us, catholics, i talked my mum into letting me go to midnight mass at christmas eve, the fun of it coming home in the early hours of the morning. missed most of the fun on christmas day, trying to keep my eyes open. i do think about my childhood at christmas and miss what was then excitement.

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