Over the centuries, the tradition of getting a yantra tattoo spread to other neighboring countries. The script and designs also changed according to different cultures. Different masters added different beliefs to the designs, and every master has his own set of rules that had to be followed. Soon, people from all around the world came to Thailand to get these tattoos.
Given in the article below are some of the various spiritual beliefs associated with yantra tattoos.
Offerings in the form of flowers, candles, incense, and menthol cigarettes are customary. All these items are available at the entrance of the temple. Once the monk accepts your offering, he will start the tattooing process with the help of metal spikes, or a pointed bamboo stick. The ink that is used in the tattoo comes from a secret recipe, and is believed to contain Chinese charcoal, snake venom, palm oil, etc. The entire process takes about 10 to 15 minutes, after which the monk will chant blessings on the tattoo. It should be noted that without the ceremony and the chanting, these tattoos are believed to be meaningless.
Prior to the tattooing, the monk will teach you breathing, relaxation, and meditation techniques to help relieve the pain.
- Ongk Phra: Provides insight, guidance, illumination, etc.
- Ha Thaew: Brings blessing for success and good luck.
- Yod Mongkut: Provides protection from all types of danger.
- Suea: Represents power and authority.
- Paed Tidt: Provides protection in the eight directions of the universe.
- Do not lie
- Do not get intoxicated
- Do not kill
- Do not steal
- Do not disobey and speak unfavorably to your master or your parents
- Do not be unfaithful to your spouse