Sak Yant: Thai Magical Tattoo [Documentary Film]

• August 12, 2017 • Comments (0)

SakYant Film

Sak Yant: Thai Magical Tattoo & Wai Kru Festival 2017


Sak Yant: Thai Magical Tattoo is a short documentary film on a particular spiritual practice and art form widely spread in Thailand. Sak Yant tattoos, based on ancient Indic Yantras, although considered a Buddhist practice, are an expression of the hybridisation of popular religions in contemporary Thailand, weaving in elements of Buddhism, Hinduism and Animism, especially for their dependence on ‘magic’. They’re in fact considered to be powerful symbols for warding off negative influences, and sought after for protection, good fortune, love and monetary wealth.
The film documents the Wai Kru festival, which takes place at Wat Bang Phra, a large Buddhist temple, an hour outside Bangkok, attended every year by over 10,000 people, when Buddhist monks recite kaathaa (incantations) to bless newly made tattoos or reactivate old ones, and when many devotees experience khong khuen, the altered state of consciousness they enter during this ceremony.


Written, Filmed and Edited by:
Gennaro Ambrosino

Narrated by:
Matthew Sanger

Music by:
A Wang (Frogcm)
Markus Pitzer (Dreamweaver)
Envato Market

Script Editing:
Will Gethin

Special Thanks to:
Ajarn Nuad Yoo-Kong หนวด อยู่คง
Apple Jatikate
Suzanna Ceican
Marc Cofer


Angela Marie May
Sak Yant: The Transition From Indic Yantras
To Thai “Magical” Buddhist Tattoos – 2014

Sak Yant Thai Temple Tattoos

Possessed By Tattoos: Sak Yant Wai Kru Festival

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