Meaning of Various Thai Amulets

Here is a quick rundown of the meaning of some of the amulets we sell, and even some that we don’t usually sell so you can get an idea which amulets you might purchase for what reason. One of our friends gave us the piece of paper with these descriptions on them. We don’t agree wholeheartedly with the meanings for some of these, but honestly, the meaning among groups of people - Thai Buddhist, Chinese Buddhist, Theravada, Mahayana, Hindus, etc., can be different. So, the following is from one point of view.

Butterfly Amulet - For trade and relationships.

Brahma (four-faced Buddha) amulets - for peace, family, wealth, all encompassing wisdom in decisions about life.

Trimurti - for love, happiness, and for wishes to be granted.

Ganesha / Ganesh - the Hindu elephant god of obstacles - both placing and eliminating them. This is for art, luck, and harmony in life. Having a good life, smooth, without complications.

Kwan Yin - the goddess of compassion. These amulets are for those that need healing and empathy.

Nong Kwak - the woman calling with one hand to passerby’s. This is for business prosperity and growing a healthy business. If you look in most Chinese businesses across Asia and in the USA even, there is often a Nong Kwak amulet, image, statue, and or yang flag in a special shrine in the front of the business.

Phra Pid Ta - the monk that covers his eyes - for protection from evil spirits, influences, and for wealth.

Salika - the two birds that look like they are kissing, they are facing each other. This is for success in business.

Phra Somdej - prosperity in business, peace, and a good life.

Chinnarat / Jinnaraj Buddha - the Buddha amulets with the triangle behind, outlining the Buddha with whisps of fire rising off the sides. An exceptionally beautiful Buddha image that many people find pleasing. This is for defense against evil and a generally smooth life.

Rahu - the eclipse demon seen eating the moon on various amulets. This is a reminder of beneficence.

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