Thai Amulets Styles and History
One of our friends is considering making a “Thai Amulet Book.” We are hoping to find out from you if that is something you would be interested in seeing a book about here at Thailand Ebooks.
Currently there are no good amulet books on Amazon or other book outlets – in English language. There are some in Thai language, but we know that most of the customers at TAS are not Thai, but are English speakers in the other countries of the world.
There are so many different kinds of Thai amulets coming out of Thailand – mostly Bangkok temples, but you know nearly every major Buddhist temple produces their own amulets with their own unique designs.
Buddha is by far the favorite subject of amulet makers who make handmade and machine-crafted amulets from all sorts of materials like bone, marble, copper, bronze, brass, wood, glass, plastic, stone, tiger-eye, white jade, black jade, green jade, stainless steel, and a hundred other materials.
The Thai amulets book would show the varieties of Thai Buddhas that can be found at temples in Thailand, and give you an idea what the general designs mean.
There is much history reflected in the craftsmanship of amulets made in Buddhist countries like Thailand.
Thai Amulets Buddha Styles
- Sothorn Buddhas
- Chinnarat Buddhas
- Somdej Toh Buddhas
- Reclining Buddhas
- Birthday Buddhas
- Happy / Smiling / Chubby Buddhas
- Chinese Buddhas
- Various styles from each temple
Common Buddhist Figures
- Kwan Yin (Goddess of Compassion)
- Ganesh (God of Obstacles, Son of Shiva)
- Phra Luang Phor Tuad
- Phra Luang Phor Klai
- Phra Luang Phor Jumnien
- Chu Choke (Ascetic)
- Nong Kwak
- Phra Pidta
- Jatukam Ramathep
So the Thai amulets book would cover all of these figures in graphics – full color, and detailed history of each type of Buddha and other historical and respected figures in Thai Buddhism.
Currently, we’re trying to assess whether the book will have a lot of interest, or not, and whether it would be worth it to put it together. It will take a couple of hundred hours to create the draft, and then another fifty or so hours for editing. Thai Amulet Sales (TAS) would outsource it to a qualified editor, hopefully an ordained monk who could read over the content and make changes as needed.
Images would be taken with a Nikon D4 and professional lenses. That would also be outsourced, none of us are pro photographers, especially when it comes to jewelry photography, which is unbelievably difficult and requires great patience and skill.
If you have any strong opinions about what you would like to see in an amulet book about Thailand’s amulets – please leave a comment below and we will get in touch with you. The anticipated start date for this project is in late 2017, early 2018. If you can get back to us as soon as possible to let us know of your interest and preference for the type of content in the book – that would be great!
Thanks for your help in this matter – we are excited for Thai Amulets Sales and hope their project goes well! Updates coming shortly…