Here are two different ways of making metal-based amulets. First is the factory production using state-of-the-art machine printing technology. The other is by traditional method using slightly more intensive manual labor. The videos for this article topic will be self-explanatory after viewing.
Video: The Factory Production
If you ever been wondering how your amulets (copper, takua, nawa, farbat, or silver) on year neck are being made with such precision, now you got the answer. The printing process of these metal based amulets have improved over the years and they can be produced in large quantity with beauty and perfection.
Comparing with a more traditional approach, the result may differ from those factory production. Nonetheless, they are equally powerful if they're properly sanctified by the respective Masters who recites sacred incantation with arcane sciences into the making.
Video: Manual Production
For the new hobbyist or beginner, Thai amulet is often referred to academically as votive tablet. It's a holy sanctified Thai Buddhist talisman. It is used for raising funds for temples where worshipers can obtain an amulet after donating money or offering oil to the temple. After the donation a Thai Buddhist monk will give an amulet as a gift to the donor.
Amulets are made using the Buddha image, image of a famous monk, or even image of a Celestial beings to let believers wear on for security and peace. Amulets come in different sizes, shapes, and materials. Some powder based amulets may include bone ashes or hairs of a famous monk in order to add extra protective power onto the amulet.
Before any amulets are being issued to donors, consecrating or sanctification process called "Puttaphisek" is usually conducted by inviting monks from other temples to come together and chant, pray and bless the amulets. This sanctification process may take anywhere from one week to three years.
In today's world, an amulet is becoming a tool to help enhance one's luck in different aspects. Some people use amulets to improve marriage, wealth, health, love and people relationship as you can read throughout this blog.
The price of an amulets not only depends on its appearance, but also on its scarcity, the maker (monk or white robe magician), year of made and its magic power from good experience in terms of life and death situation.
As opposed to herbs or powder based amulets, the making process is very different and often involved high alchemist knowledge on the formulation of all the sacred materials. We're no expert nor able to give any details about consecrating some of the most powerful Thai amulets here. But from photo collections on some of the most remarkable amulet sanctification ceremonies in our time, we are fortunate to catch a glimpse into these highly sacred amulet making process.
Almost every Thai Buddhist has at least one amulet. They have great respect for the Buddha and it's common to see young or elderly people wear these Thai Buddha's amulets. Hobbyist amulet collectors like ourselves will have a cupboard full of super amulets after years of collecting from different makers and temples. For many believers this phenomenon in wearing amulets is a way of getting closer to Lord Buddha and paying respect to the maker of a chosen amulet piece.
Amulets can come in a variety of shapes and styles (i.e. Takrut sacred incantation scrolls, Bia Gae shell, Tiger tooth, etc.) depending on its function and purpose. As a private collector there's no sure way to stop collecting these wonderful and yet sacred amulets. Hobbyist collectors will collect them for their spiritual value rather than a commercial value's perspective.
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