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Posts tagged Wai Khru

Wat Bang Phra – Thailand’s Tattoo Temple Revisited

Back in March, I guided a group of visitors to Thailand to the annual Wai Khru (Respect your teacher) at Wat Bang Phra temple, an hour west of Bangkok, the largest event celebrating all things sak yant, Thailand’s spirit tattoos, in the country. Great group, wonderful day. Thanks to Where Sidewalks End and Ian Ord. […]

Wai Khru (Respect the Teacher) of tattoo master Achan Neng Onnut

Yesterday, Achan Neng Onnut, a Sak Yant tattoo master who supported the research of my new book Sacred Skin, the first English language publication on Thailand’s sacred tattoos, celebrated Wai Khru Day. During the course of the day, hundreds of his devotees visited his home in Bangkok to pay their respects to the master and […]