Wearing sacred symbols on a shirt... is it accepted ?
Thailand is well known by its delicious food, exotic fruits, beautiful beaches and diving spots, amazing trekking trails in the mountains, and numerous cultural sites. Less known to the foreigners are its spiritual traditions.
In order to be protected by good spirits, most Thai people wear amulets, such as coins, statuettes or necklace pendants. These amulets are generally blessed by a monk, in order to activate its power, granting the wearer with luck, charm, wealth, or health.
Instead of objects, some Thai people even wear sacred tattoos or "Sak Yant" on their bodies (Sak meaning “to tattoo”, and Yant for “Yantra” - pronounce "Yan"), which are engraved into the skin during a buddhist ceremony. Once blessed by a qualified monk (Ajarn), Sak Yant provide the wearer with power and protection from bad spirits. This practice first appeared about 3000 years ago, in the ancient khmer empire, that included parts of actual Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Burma.
In the ancient time, Thai soldiers also wore clothes with Yant called « Pha Yant » (a small piece of cloth with Yant) or « Suea Yant » (a shirt with Yant) to protect them during the battles. Pha Yant and Suea Yant were also blessed by a monk in order to activate the Magic.
Example of Suea Yant anciently worn by Thai warriors (National Museum, Thailand).
Today, many temples in Thailand still deliver « Pha Yant ». Carrying or wearing a Yant is believed to bring you good luck and prosperity.
Therefore, wearing a Sackara product can be considered the same as wearing a Suea Yant, but in a more actual and fashionable way. Of course, as Sak Yant are sacred, Sackara will make sure never to use them on any item that may show a lack of respect towards these symbols.