Sak Yant - Sacred Magic Tattoos
Sak Yant, called the sacred magic tattoo or Buddhist tattoo, is an ancient type of Thai tattoo. When applied by a Buddhist Monk or Brahman Priest, the tattoo is said to confer mystical powers and protection on the wearer. It incorporates Buddhist prayers, called Mantras or Katas, that will invoke supernatural powers. Centuries ago, these magic spells were originally inscribed on pieces of cloth and Thai soldiers would wear Yant-printed jackets to offer them extra protection in battle.
Even today, many Thai men believe in their mystical powers, and have one or more tattoos inscribed on their bodies. There are stories of people wearing Sak Yant tattoos who were shot or involved in horrific car accidents from which tattoo bearers supposedly emerged unharmed.
The Sak Yant’s power of magic has been known to Thai people for hundreds of years, long before Buddhism came to Thailand. But Sak Yant has only recently become popular in the Western World, partly due to the publicity surrounding well known personalities receiving a Sak Yant tattoo.
Local bus. Cute gear stick.
Some very handy/life saving phrases. Need to whip out the Thai in this place.
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David Suzuki with Amanda McConnell (1997), from “Homo Sapiens: Born of the Earth” in The Sacred Balance, Rediscovering our Place in Nature. (via thoughtsonnature)
We have much to learn from the vast repositories of knowledge that still exist in traditional societies. This was suggested in a report in 1987 by the World Commission on Environment and Development headed by Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland. Entitled ‘Our Common Future’, it acknowledged the inability of scientists to provide direction in managing natural resources and called for recognition of and greater respect for the wisdom inherent in traditional societies:
'Their very survival has depended on their ecological awareness and adaptation…. These communities are the repositories of vast accumulations of traditional knowledge and experience that links humanity with its ancient origins. Their disappearance is a loss for the larger society, which could learn a great deal from their traditional skills in sustainably managing very complex ecological systems. It is a terrible irony that as formal development reaches more deeply into rainforests, deserts, and other isolated environments, it tends to destroy the only cultures that have proved able to thrive in these environments.'
…. We need a new kind of science that approaches the traditional knowledge of indigenous communities; the search for it has already begun."
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David Suzuki with Amanda McConnell (1997), from “Protected by our Kin” in The Sacred Balance, Rediscovering our Place in Nature. (via thoughtsonnature)
Just as genetic diversity within a species and the variety of species within an ecosystem allow single species or whole ecosystems to survive in the face of changing conditions, so diversity of traditional knowledge and culture have been the main reason for our success. We have adapted to environments as diverse as the Arctic tundra, deserts, tropical rain forests, prairie grasslands and modern megacities. If variation of genes in a species that is adapted to local conditions provides a buffer against catastrophic change, then cultural diversity has been just as crucial to humanity’s continued vigour and success in a variety of ecosystems.
One might suggest that the long and gnarled path of evolution might arrive at a point where the very “best” genetic or species combination or “ideal” human society has been achieved and should then spread globally to replace all “less advanced” forms. Diversity would then be totally outmoded. If global conditions were unchanging and uniform, it is at least theoretically possible that there might be a most highly evolved and stable society or species. But in nature, “best,” “superior” and “advanced” are nonsensical terms because on Earth conditions are never constant. The nature of the biosphere-that thin layer of air, land and water within which life can be found-is that change, albeit often at a geological snail’s pace, has always occurred, so there can never be one perfect or ideal state. Nature is in constant flux, and diversity is the key to survival. If change is inevitable but unpredictable then the best tactic for survival is to act in ways that retain the most diversity; then, when circumstances do change, there will always be a chance that a set of genes or a society will be able to continue under the new conditions. Diversity confers resilience, adaptability and the capacity for regeneration."
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‘American Kills’ by Chilean-born New-York-based artist Sebastian Errazuriz is a public installation showcasing the suicide rates of US soldiers.
My best friend just moved to Far North Queensland, it looks so beautiful! Can’t wait to visit.