Amuletum de tutela the Latin words means amulet for protection. It is the root word of amulet and also known as talisman. It is an object made by man or natural. From the ancient times it is believed that amulet is endowed with supernatural powers and it will bring safety, good fortune, prosperity and protects from bad evils. People uses these two words, talisman and amulet interchangeably. Amulets might be plants, metals, teeth, bones, precious stones etc.
Thai amulets is referred as ‘votive tablet’. It is a kind of Thai Buddhist blessed item. Worshippers can obtain an amulet or Thai Buddhist monk blessing by simply donating money or offering oil to the temple. Then after the donation the monk give them back an amulet as a gift. It is not considered as simply as a gift, but a luck charm to enhance luck in various aspects of their lives. People use these amulets to improve their health, wealth and to enhance love and relationships.
The late 19th century witnessed a cultural shift through the emergence of authentic Buddhist amulets which reflected the role of Buddhism in the Thai society. During this time the Thai elites were professing philosophies of humanism and individualism. Subsequently, they admitted their belief in supernatural powers of amulets. Buddha and his devotees were considered as saviors who possessed the ability to bring one good fortune. Buddha became personal talisman and as an image for public worship. Before long, the monks produced amulets of their own and Buddhist amulets appeared further.
They believe that wearing the amulets under the waist is a taboo. They wear mostly around the neck. It is traditional belief to show respect to the Buddha.
Another such taboos are, they didn’t keep it in the bedrooms if expect to engage in sex there. And while wearing the amulets they pray to Buddha and they also removes it while bathing.
The Thai Buddhist has at least one Thai amulet with them. The younger and elderly people wear amulets around their neck in order to became closer to Buddha. While making the amulets it might not be attractive. But by the adding of protective shield it became enhanced and charming. At the same time, it is protected inside and outside. The price of the amulet is depended upon its availability rather than its appearance.
Amulets were marketed in famous markets include The Prachan Market nearby Thammasat University. There are different types of amulets such as Banja Phakhi, LP Toh Sivali, Phra Somdej (king of amulets), Phra Rod, Phra Nang Phaya, Phra sum kor, Jathukam rammathy, Phra khun phaen, Phra phong suphan.