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

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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 his work.

Achan Neng Onnut has his own website which features some images of the making of a documentary on Sak Yant and Sacred Skin for German and French television and the German broadsheet Die Zeit.

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Watch the short documentary (in German) from Die Zeit, featuring Achan Neng Onnut and celebrated photographer James Nachtwey here.

Co-author and photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat and myself will be giving a series of talks on Sacred Skin in Bangkok in March and April. Dates and venues to be announced.

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