Thailand’s Sacred Tattoos – A Secret Tradition Goes Global

My article in this month’s InDepth Magazine on Thailand’s Sacred Tattoos with images by Aroon Thaewchatturat, co-author and photographer of Sacred Skin – Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos, the first English language book to look at Sak Yant. On a sultry Monday morning, Ajarn Neng Onnut’s studio, known locally as a samnak, which sits tucked away in […]

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Great New Press for Sacred Skin – Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos

Sacred Skin – Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos, photographed by Aroon Thaewchatturat, gets a couple new plugs/ reviews. The Apsara Diaries write “The book ‘Scared Skin’ focuses on Thai devotees and the Wai Khru; a once a year gathering of tattooed devotes. The book gives you a clear, in-depth understanding of Yantra and its magic.” Over at […]

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Crime Wave Press publishes Mindfulness and Murder by Nick Wilgus

  My fiction imprint, Crime Wave Press, is extremely proud to be publishing Mindfulness and Murder, by American author Nick Wilgus, the first in the Father Ananda murder-mystery series and recently made into a feature film in Thailand. The Story: When a homeless boy living at the youth shelter run by a Buddhist monastery turns […]

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From the Archives: Seven Years out of Tibet – The Reappearance of an Old Feature

I just found a seven year old feature of mine called Seven Years out of Tibet, the story of Tibetan refugees stranded in Nepal, published by Asiatimes Online in January 2004.  For this story, we visited the Tibetan Buddhist shrine at Bodhnath and interviewed monks who had walked from Tibet to Nepal to find themselves […]

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From the Archives: Wai Khru Day – The Wat Bang Phra Tattoo Festival in Thailand

Every year in March, thousands of Buddhist devotees gather at a temple an hour west of Bangkok to worship and celebrate one of Thailand’s strangest cults: At Wat Bang Phra, Buddhist monks use long needles to tattoo magic images and prayers on the believers’ skin. The tattoos are believed to give the wearer protection, especially […]

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Sounds of the Himalayas (Video) von Tom Vater und Willy WysoudilSounds of the Himalayas by Tom Vater and Willy Wysoudil (video)

Der österreicher Maler und Videokünstler Willy Wysoudil und Tom Vater trafen sich 1998 auf dem Dach eines Hotels in Pokhara, Nepal. Damals war Tom Vater im Auftrag der British Library unterwegs, um die traditionelle Musik der Minderheiten Südasiens aufzunehmen. Willy Wysoudil war in Nepal unterwegs, um Film und Fotos für seine Videoinstallationen zu sammeln. Gemeinsam entschlossen […]

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