However, recently Buddhist tattoos are increasingly being chosen by secular people who are far from religion. These tattoos attract, first of all, with juicy colors and interesting sketches. Moreover, the meaning of many symbols is connected only with the culture and history of the Ancient East.
The main images for tattoos have deep historical roots and are considered traditional not only for Buddhism. It is noteworthy that their meaning has not changed much since their formation. Therefore, these images belong to the category of strong energy talismans:
In addition to classical images, sacred inscriptions are very popular, which can be filled by masters trained in special techniques.
The religious painting of Sak Yant is perceived as a tattoo amulet. It is performed in the Khmer and Thai alphabets and consists of short mantras. Until recently, only a man could become a master of Sak Yant, tattoos were never filled for women. Today, no one follows these rules anymore.
The technique of applying Yant is interesting: the paint is injected under the skin using a sharpened bamboo stalk. According to tradition, during the work, the master must continuously chant mantras. And after applying the tattoo, tell important truths for Buddhists.
Sak Yant has never been considered as an ordinary tattoo. First of all, it is a strong magic talisman. The catch is that the tattoo will strengthen the prevailing sides in a person. Therefore, the choice of such a tattoo indicates full readiness for intense and painstaking work on yourself.
The most common types are the following:
For Buddhists, Yantas are not just tattoos applied for fun. They carry a deep meaning, help to cope with difficult situations and can completely change a person's fate. Therefore, the decision to make such a tattoo should be considered and considered.
For those who still decided to do a Buddhist tattoo, the masters provide a wide selection of sketches of various sizes and complexity. In most cases, the central position in the tattoo will be occupied by the image of the Buddha, or one of his incarnations.
The most popular among Europeans (not counting Buddha images) are Hotei, elephant, lotus and Dharma wheel. Most often, these are full-color tattoos of a large size. Although recently there has been a trend towards more modest monochrome options and a concise image of objects.
We should also mention the image of mantras. The most popular in this series is the short mantra Om. Although there are options for applying longer texts, the choice of which will depend solely on the preferences of the carrier.
Sketches of Buddhist tattoos can be seen all over the body. Large-scale paintings adorn the backs, images of the Buddha are applied as a sleeve. Tattoos with animal elements are placed on the lower leg.
The Dharma wheel, as well as compact mantras, can be placed on the wrist, neck, shoulder or chest. Sak Yant, as the most sacred tattoo, is rarely placed below the waist. Although there are very nice options on the leg above the ankle. In addition, a professional master (in the east, monks are most often engaged in applying Sak Yant) will tell you where it is better to place Buddhist symbols, for each of which there is already a default place.
In Buddhism itself, there is no call to decorate the skin with drawings. However, as well as prohibitions on carrying tattoos with a Buddhist theme. Only Tibetans disapprove of this practice, claiming that tattoos prevent the soul from leaving the body and leaving for the sacred world at the time of death.
But it is not spirits from the world of fine matter that should be feared on the territory of East Asian countries, but quite real local residents. Not all representatives of Buddhism have a positive attitude to non-believers who fill themselves with images of the Great Teacher or sacred symbols for Buddhists.
In Thailand, there have already been cases of delays at customs due to the image of the Buddha in the form of a tattoo. Today, they want to legalize the ban on the depiction of iconic symbols for Buddhists by foreigners at the state level.