Also known as a good luck charm, the Thai amulets are worn by people around their neck to protect themselves from trouble and diseases. The most popular image on the amulets is that of Buddha, which is worn on a cord of chain around the neck. These amulets are worn to repel bad luck and evil. Buddhist amulets are being worn in Thailand from centuries. Residents here, adorn at least one Buddhist amulet.
Thai people strongly believe in the power of Buddha and people wear these amulets not only to seek happiness, but also to ward off pain and sorrows. Earlier these images were carved over wooden or metal piece. In olden days, Thai amulets were made out of many different ingredients such as Din, Chin, Phong, Herb etc., or any other ingredients. Today colored plastic ones have become quiet popular.
Majority of the inhabitants of Thailand, believe in ghosts and many of them claim to have seen them. In Thailand ghost stories or movies are extremely popular and come in many varieties from the comic to the gruesome. This phenomenon is not just restricted to rural villages but is also relevant among many university students and people from all walks of life. It is particularly strong in Northern Thailand where it is taken very seriously.
In Thailand you will find many people wearing this amulet to protect themselves against evil spirits and around Thai houses you will find Spirit Houses (San Phra Phum). Thai people believe that there are many ghosts that need to be feared and that each of them poses a different threat. This is the one big reason for Thai people resorting to wear such good luck amulets. In addition to protection against ghosts or evil spirits, amulets are also worn for protection from other people. For example, soldiers may use Thai amulets to increase their luck and to protect their lives.
Nowadays you can find these amulets worn by people right cross the globe. They can be easily found in jewelry-artisan fairs, museums, shops and also at homes. These amulets are prayed over by monks for a period of time spanning many days, so that it gains maximum power to fight evil in all its forms.
Thai amulets are not made in factory; they are made by Thai monks who use their experience, ashes of old and sacred handwritten books as part of their magical ingredients to make this good luck charm. A good quality gold leaf amulet can be purchased from respected temples at cost of 10,000 baht or more, (300-325 dollars). Despite rapid modernization, many people are still superstitious. In Bangkok the number is more as when compare to other place. People here spend more than 20 million baht (625,000 to 650,000 dollars) on the Amulets/Good Luck Charms as per newspaper reports.
Thai amulets, instilled with magical qualities that keep away bad spirits, are not only worn around the neck or in ring form but are also seen on dashboards and rear view mirrors of cars. Thai amulets are more famous in Southeast Asia.