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Sacred Skin at the Nepal Tattoo Convention

I will be presenting my book Sacred Skin, the first English language book on Thailand’s sacred tattoos, Sak Yant, at the second international Nepal Tattoo Convention. The event takes place from April 27th to April 29th at the legendary Kathmandu hotel Yak & Yeti. I’ll be giving several talks on Thailand’s sacred tattoos and presenting […]

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 […]

From the Archives: Tom Vater on 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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