One morning - in Thailand then - I set out for a walk with an open mind. I came to the stall of an old man who wanted me to buy something. His
English was reasonable so I let myself be persuaded to look into the bizarre things he was selling: amulets.
I asked him ‘which one is the most powerful you have’ and he pointed to one with a monk on one side and a king on the other. He said this would
be good luck in finances for me and will protect me from bad things while travelling.
Of course I wanted to know how this could be. He explained for a while, but our languages did leave a barrier between us. However he let me have one
of his precious pamphlets about this monk with also his writings on it, all in Thai.
I spent some time chasing further info on this particular monk, Rama IV and amulets in general and……. holy moly…… what a gate I walked
Not only did I find out about the collecting and doing business side of amulets
in Asian countries, there
are shops after shops, stalls, internet sites and magazines totally dedicated to what seems to be a boom with amulets at the moment that could likely
collapse any time. They are a ‘fashion thing’ much like the cross and celebrities like to show them off.
This amulet seems to be the most expensive and powerful amulet available. It depicts the Buddha.
I also learned a lot about this monk and how he learned and applied the wisdom of Rama IV and why this amulet is considered powerful although it looks
like not much to it.
Yesterday I showed it to a Thai friend and she immediately raised her hands palms touching to her forehead and confirmed its protective and good luck
qualities for me. ‘How did you know that this amulet is powerful’, she asked.
I don’t know, I just listened to an old man.
I don’t even know whether it works. It does seem though that I’m followed by luck. But is that because of the amulet ?
Do amulets have special powers ?
How do they work ? Why one amulet and not the other ?