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Sacred Tattoos Of Thailand

Author : Joe Cummings
ISBN : 9814302546
Genre : Body marking
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Unveiling the magic, power and mystery of Thailand's ancient tattoos. First English language title to explore Thailand' sacred tattoos. For both tattoo enthusiasts as well as Buddhists who want to learn more about the spiritual art form. Includes exclusive interviews with tattoo Masters located all across Thailand. Over 250 colour photographs capturing the Masters at work and includes many fine examples of tattoo art. Sacred Tattoos of Thailand explores the fascinating centuries old tradition of sak yan tattoos, tracing the spiritual art form from Thailand back to its roots in Cambodia and India. The tattoos are believed to imbue the wearer with special powers and protection to help them in their everyday lives, but the tradition is also deeply entwined in the Buddhist moral code and the designs can lose their powers if a wearer errs from their spiritual path. Through engaging expert text, more than 180 full colour specially commissioned photographs and unparalleled access to the greatest living masters, many of whom have never allowed photography in their salas before, Sacred Tattoos of Thailand presents a groundbreaking work on this powerful cultural and spiritual tradition. Joe Cummings first came to Thailand in 1977 and two years later begin researching Southeast Asian art history for a master's degree at the University of California at Berkeley. He has written more than 30 guidebooks on countries in Asia and North America, and authored several books on Buddhist archaeology,Thai design and other related topics, including Buddhist Temples of Thailand, Buddhist Stupas in Asia, Lanna Renaissance, Burmese Design and Architecture and Chiang Mai Style. Dan White is a British photographer who has spent two decades specialising in South and South East Asia. Formerly based in Paris and then London, he is now based in Bangkok Thailand. He did pioneering work on India, particularly on the complex world of Hindu ascetics and also in Cambodia celebrating the end of war. Publications include: The Times, Der Speigel, Marie Claire, The Observer and The South China Morning Post.

Thai Magic Tattoos

Author : Isabel Azevedo Drouyer
ISBN : 6167339724
Genre : Art
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* See how a single Thai tattoo affects its bearer's life* Learn the history behind these fascinating tattoos* Beautiful photographs taken of these masterfully crafted tattoosFor hundreds of years, Thai Buddhist monks, using magical incantations and spells, have been covering people's bodies with indelible ink marks in the belief that they will attract luck, wealth, and blessings. Images of tattooed men appear in 18th century murals. In the past, people believed that these tattoos would provide protection against evil spirits and could render the bearer invulnerable to stab wounds and even bullets. Known in Thai as Sak Yant, these ancient tattoos are today undergoing a revival in popularity, both in Thailand and beyond. In addition, Thai tattoo masters are invited to practice their art abroad, thus increasing the popularity of Sak Yant worldwide. Drawing on research fields as diverse as anthropology, religion, history, medicine, and psychology, Thai Magic Tattoos - The Art and Influence of Sak Yant also seeks to explain how tattoos can change the life of the bearer. With magnificent new photographs by René Drouyer, Thai Magic Tattoos is an essential guide to this fascinating subject.

Sacred Skin

Author : Tom Vater
ISBN : 9628563793
Genre : Art
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Spiritualism and Thai tattoos are so entwined that they are practically inseparable. Although Buddhism permeates Thailand's society, there is an even deeper belief in Animism that is woven into the very fabric of the culture. Spiritualism and Thai tattoos are so entwined that they are practically inseparable. Although Buddhism permeates Thailand's society, there is an even deeper belief in Animism that is woven into the very fabric of the culture. Animism is all about the union of spirit and matter - there is no separation of the body from the soul, and all

Angelina Jolie The Lightning Star

Author : C. Duthel
ISBN : 9781471089350
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Lights Camera Travel

Author : Alec Baldwin
ISBN : 9781742208664
Genre : Travel
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Lights, Camera...Travel! Travel stories from screen storytellers including Alec Baldwin, Brooke Shields, Richard E Grant, Neil LaBute, Bruce Beresford and Sandra Bernhard. Since the ancient Greeks, actors have been society's storytellers. And ever since Hollywood first left the back lot, these storytellers have been traveling to far-flung corners of the world to tell those tales. We decided to ask some of the most widely traveled people in the film industry to sit down and tell us their own stories - personal, inspiring, funny, embarrassing and human experiences from their time on the road. Edited by Andrew McCarthy (Pretty in Pink, Less Than Zero, National Geographic Traveler contributing editor) and Don George (A Moveable Feast, Tales from Nowhere, National Geographic Traveler contributing editor).

Cambodian Buddhism

Author : Ian Charles Harris
ISBN : 9780824832988
Genre : Religion
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The study of Cambodian religion has long been hampered by a lack of easily accessible scholarship. This impressive new work by Ian Harris thus fills a major gap and offers English-language scholars a booklength, up-to-date treatment of the religious aspects of Cambodian culture. Beginning with a coherent history of the presence of religion in the country from its inception to the present day, the book goes on to furnish insights into the distinctive nature of Cambodia's important yet overlooked manifestation of Theravada Buddhist tradition and to show how it reestablished itself following almost total annihilation during the Pol Pot period. Historical sections cover the dominant role of tantric Mahayana concepts and rituals under the last great king of Angkor, Jayavarman VII (1181 c. 1220); the rise of Theravada traditions after the collapse of the Angkorian civilization; the impact of foreign influences on the development of the nineteenth-century monastic order; and politicized Buddhism and the Buddhist contribution to an emerging sense of Khmer nationhood. The Buddhism practiced in Cambodia has much in common with parallel traditions in Thailand and Sri Lanka, yet there are also significant differences. The book concentrates on these and illustrates how a distinctly Cambodian Theravada developed by accommodating itself to premodern Khmer modes of thought. Following the overthrow of Prince Sihanouk in 1970, Cambodia slid rapidly into disorder and violence. Later chapters chart the elimination of institutional Buddhism under the Khmer Rouge and its gradual reemergence after Pol Pot, the restoration of the monastic order's prerevolutionary institutional forms, and the emergence of contemporary Buddhist groupings.

The Encyclopedia Of Psychoactive Plants

Author : Christian Rätsch
ISBN : 0892819782
Genre : Medical
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The most comprehensive guide to the botany, history, distribution, and cultivation of all known psychoactive plants • Examines 414 psychoactive plants and related substances • Explores how using psychoactive plants in a culturally sanctioned context can produce important insights into the nature of reality • Contains 797 color photographs and 645 black-and-white illustrations In the traditions of every culture, plants have been highly valued for their nourishing, healing, and transformative properties. The most powerful plants--those known to transport the human mind into other dimensions of consciousness--have traditionally been regarded as sacred. In The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants Christian Rätsch details the botany, history, distribution, cultivation, and preparation and dosage of more than 400 psychoactive plants. He discusses their ritual and medicinal usage, cultural artifacts made from these plants, and works of art that either represent or have been inspired by them. The author begins with 168 of the most well-known psychoactives--such as cannabis, datura, and papaver--then presents 133 lesser known substances as well as additional plants known as “legal highs,” plants known only from mythological contexts and literature, and plant products that include substances such as ayahuasca, incense, and soma. The text is lavishly illustrated with 797 color photographs--many of which are from the author’s extensive fieldwork around the world--showing the people, ceremonies, and art related to the ritual use of the world’s sacred psychoactives.

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