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THE HISTORY OF THAI AMULETS

A Brief Guide

Amulets also known as ‘Pra Kreung’ or ‘Kreung Rang Kong Klang’ are magically blessed images closely linked to Thai Buddhism which are usually worn around the neck. Over 70% of Thai people wear amulets to aid them in their careers, to assist them acquiring wealth or simply for good luck.


Each kind with their own meaning and purpose, you could say each amulet type bears an individual identity giving their own meaning to the wearer. Amulets are created using holy materials such as ash from incense, old temple structures or hair or bones from a monk to add protective power to the amulet. Once the amulet has been made monks then engage in a ceremony which can take from one to three weeks where they chant, pray and bless the amulets.


In ancient times it was believed that warriors needed to wear an amulet during battles to ward off danger and are still worn today by many muay thai fighters, often seen hanging from the mongkhon during the Wai Khru ceremony before a fight or simply worn around the neck during everyday life.

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