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A man showing his back tattooed with ancient scripts at Wat Bang Phra Temple in Nakhon Chaisri, Thailand. The sacred, Buddhist movties are said to grant supernatural powers to it's bearers. (Image by Flickr user "kPluto", licsenced under CC)

Thai Culture Minister’s anti-religious-tattoo-on-foreigners-gate redux

By Fri, Jun 03, 2011 11:00AM UTC 11 Comments A man showing his back tattooed with ancient scripts at Wat Bang Phra Temple in Nakhon Chaisri, Thailand. The sacred, Buddhist movties are said to grant supernatural powers to it's bearers. (Image by Flickr user "kPluto", licsenced under CC)

By Saksith Saiyasombut Yesterday’s post on the Thai Ministry of Culture’s declaration of intent to stop foreign tourists from getting religious tattoos has created quite a buzz around the net. No wonder, since this is a) a story affecting a lot of tourists, and b) quite honestly yet another stupid idea by the self-proclaimed heralds...

Thai Culture Ministry to crack down on religious tattoos on foreign skin

By Tue, May 31, 2011 11:26PM UTC Comments Off Thai Culture Ministry to crack down on religious tattoos on foreign skin

By Saksith Saiyasombut Tattoos have a very special place in Thailand. They’re more than just permanent fashion statements, not unlike amulets they are regarded as spiritual guardians. Tattoos with religious or spiritual motives, called Yantra tattoos, are yet another sign that Thais take their beliefs skin-deep. Philip Cornwel-Smith dedicated a whole chapter in his excellent book “Very Thai”...

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