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Thai Amulets

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Thai Amulets

Postby trieste1 » Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:01 pm

Hello Board
I have lots of Amulets, mostly metallic, mostly bronze, and i would like to know what the symbols mean, and who the elders/gurus are depicted.
What resources are around like me- i do not speak Thai- to help me undestand the items.
All help would be welcome.
When I work out how to post pictures, ill post some.
Kind regards
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Re: Thai Amulets

Postby javierdaigo » Mon Nov 18, 2013 3:56 pm

Hi, I am an asian Thai amulets collector. Been collecting Thai amulets for more than 10 years.
If you able able to post images, I may help you on these.
Basically, in general, most thai people should be able to help you identify general famous images of guru/elders. However, those symbols that you are referring are magical incarnations or buddhist verses written in Pali-Khom Script (Some times in a decorative calligraphy way), which only a handful of Thai can read these days. Ancient buddhist texts are traditionally written in Pali or Sanskrits. Buddhism is spread via the northern (Sanskrits eg. Tibet) and southern route (Sri Lanka uses Pali) from India. If you understand a bit of the history of South-East Asia much prior, you will understand that the piece of land used to be dominated by the khmer empire long long ago even before huge Islamic influences came, and Yes - South East Asian and their ancient Kings were followers of Hinduism (Anghor Wat of Cambodia is built in Hinduism theme and geometry, the Ramayana epics and deity characters are part of the traditional dance and entertainment rooted in both the Thais and Indonesian's culture, although each have their own's localized version). Isn't it amazing, most of us were so rooted and well-educated on modern history - that we don't realize the fall and revolution of empires to nations, religion conversions and languages' transition. The Pali-Khom script is a khmer script to make sense of the pronunciation of the India's Pali language. Today, the Thai buddhist sutras and chants are still in Pali language, with pronunciation replaced by Thai characters (You won't be able to do much translation using Thai to English Dictionary, but better with a Pali to English dictionary noting on the sound syllabus). Most Amulets are still written, craved or moulded in Pali-Khmer, and not Pali-Thai to preserve the formula spells passed down by the Grandmasters/Gurus/Hermit Sages/Priests.
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