The rich cultural heritage of Thailand and other parts of South East boast an abundance of antique items, amulets, charms, temples, shrines and talismans, available from various local antique shops
All these antiques and talismans are shaped and formulated from a myriad of different cultures and beliefs like spirit studies, supernatural and ghost forces, Brahmanism and primarily, Buddhism. Most individuals adorn such talismans brought from antique shops and even public institutions and domestic residences maintain a holy shrine to ward off evil spirits and ghosts. The major belief is that such evil forces can cause destruction by inducing fires, sickness, diseases or other forms of chaos, and hence the best way of protection is through wearing talismans and housing shrines and holy idols in places like hospital, police stations and even commercial areas of business. To protect their flourishing businesses and profits, retail areas like hotels and shops often have a protective deity figure installed.
In case of individuals, talismans bought from antique shops, are worn for a variety of protective purposes. These talismans are available in various designs, sizes and shapes, as provided by various local craftsmen and antique shops, and each instil various protective functions. Most individuals wear at least one, while some wear a number of them. Often males wear a phallic talisman, said to induce potency, love and passion. Dealers and traders in these local antique shops, manage a variety of amulets, charms and talismans, and examine their external features like age, design, texture and other surface marks. Often these talismans are available in very cheap, as well as highly expensive prices, and are often believed to induce invincibility and other God-like fortunes to the wearer, based on the age and purpose. For this reason, individuals are often required to adorn a variety of talismans. While some talismans can protect you from a fatal bullet, the same may not protect you from natural calamities, or disease.
Talismans from antique shops: Some of the talismans available from antique shops include jewelled necklaces, rainbow moonstone earrings, bracelets, amulets and small stones in which the images of Buddha and Guanyin are carved, representing the male and female Buddhist aspects. However, for the talismans to actually exert their true powers and effects, they are required to be blessed by powerful and influential monks, spiritual leaders and abbots. Other talismans available in antique shops are magical knives, daggers, talisman swords, naga head amulets, ancient Thai pendants, Lord Vishnu amulets, antique bronze small sceptres, takruts made of brass, copper and bronze, snake hoop amulets, sudarshana chakra bronze amulets, small old axe amulets, Buddha amulets, magical cowrie shell amulets, gemmed relics, baby ghost spirit amulets, black tiger talismans, mummy voodoo doll amulets and many more.
Most of these talismans from antique shops seek to induce luck in business or gambling, profits, protection from illnesses, disease and even other situations like bullets, fortunes, prosperity and to ward off evil spirits and disasters from fires, natural disasters, induce potency and passion and even for certain black magic purposes. However, while buying such talismans from antique shops, customers should ensure that they are genuine, regulated by the government and have the blessings from a noteworthy Buddhist abbot. The different functions of each talisman should be looked into, as different talismans provide protection from different life circumstances.