Hah Taew, 5 Lines Sak Yant Magical Tattoo Meaning / Explanation
Thai Sak Yant Tattoos
One of the most popular Yants is the Hah Taew (5 lines)
The five row yantra.
Hah Taew, represents 5 yants or magical spells. Yants are accompanied with chants, or Khatas and the sounds are pronounced over and over to invoke a state of the mind where the mind can create magical spells. They are chanted 108 times before entering the high level of meditation. Each one will be done individually and the following magical spells have been cast to do as described below.
1. The first row prevents unjust punishment and leans in your favour when the area is grey, cleans out unwanted spirits and protects the place you live in.
2. The second row reverses and protects against bad horoscope constellations and bad fortune.
3. The third row protects you from the use of black magic and anyone who tries to put a curse on you.
4. The fourth row energizes your good luck, success and fortune in your future ambitions and life style.
5. The fifth row is to gain charisma and attraction to the opposite sex. It is also is a boost to the fourth row.
The origins of the Hah taew is magic power born from the four elements, fire, water, air and earth.
Understanding the Four Elements
If you look back a few thousand years, humanity believed that the earth was made up of only four elements, earth, air, fire and water.
For many cultures such as the ancient Greeks, Romans and Incas, the idea that these four elements – earth, water, air, and fire – made up all matter was the cornerstone of philosophy, science, and medicine. The elements were “pure” but could not be found in that state on earth. Every visible thing was made up of some combination of earth, water, air, and fire. The four elements were even used to describe the four temperaments a person could have, and Hippocrates used the four elements to describe the four “humors” found in the body. These theories stated that the temperaments and humors needed to be in balance with each other in order for a person to be well both mentally and physically.)
Indian tradition follows this belief and goes back before the ancient Greeks and the Khmer empire. The empire was dissolved into what is now known as Thailand and Cambodia.
Buddhism started in India and made its way into the Khmer empire with its yantra designs on cloth etc. Yantra Tattooing was born. Now known as Sak Yant Tattooing. Sak, means to tap (hand poke or as we know it now, Bamboo tattooing) and Yant, derived from the Sanskrit word Yantra, which means, sacred geometrical design and or magical spell/chanting. The fifth element is the lord Buddha. It was described as to praise the lord Buddha and that’s why there are five lines.
It is believed that when you reach the age of twenty years old, both man or woman, you use the four elements together as a talisman; add a fifth element to increase the element array to worship the lord Buddha. The monks respect natural justice.
A typical Hah Taew
There is an Unaalome (ever decreasing spiral) at each end of a Yant to complete it. The spiral indicates the earthly distractions we encounter in our daily lives and as we grow older and wiser, this spiral gradually decreases until it becomes a straight line pointing upwards. This signifies the path to Nirvana or true enlightenment.
There are rules which the Yant bearer must follow. These can vary from master to master, below is a good example of these rules:
- Do not kill a person with intent.
- Do not steal for own personal gain.
- Do not lie to harm others. We all tell white lies and there is a difference.
- Do not have sexual relations with another’s partner.
- Do not spit in the toilet. The toilet should be a clean place and not to keep it so, shows disrespect to oneself and others.
- Do not swear at or disrespect your parents in any way.
- Do not speak about people behind their back in a manner likely to cause harm.
- Do not over consume alcohol and become troublesome to others. Keep in control.
- Do not walk under female underwear. The reason for this is to avoid temptations and distractions that the opposite sex can bring. Monks themselves are not allowed to touch a woman’s skin for this very reason and when a monk tattoos a female, he will wear surgical gloves.
- Do not partake in evil deeds. Avoid all contact with such happenings whenever possible.
The above rules are quite basic for all people who wish to be good and for the bearer of a Yant tattoo, they must be followed at all times. Therefore having a Sak Yant tattoo is not something that should be entered into lightly.
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