Arjahnya Yokee is a Sak Yant Master, based in Khlong Toei, Bangkok in Thailand. He is a disciple of Arjahn Thoy Dabot and the regreted Ajarn Thong Thalad Plu. He offers quality tattoo at a very reasonable prices. The safety of our customer is of outmost importance to us. All materials are either replaced or thrown between each customer. We do comply with general hygiene standards.
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What is Sak Yant?
Tattooing cultures in South East Asia are among some of the oldest tattooing practices in the world. Thailand is renowned for the particular style called “Sakyant.” The word “sakyant” is made up of the words “sak,” meaning to tap something, but extends to meaning tattooing, particularly the tattooing style used in sakyant by tapping the skin with the tattooing needle calle a “khem-sak.” The word “yant” means sacred yantra design. The geographical origin of sakyant is difficult to pin down exactly, as territorial lines move constantly throughout history and the main countries that claim creation of sakyant, Cambodia, Laos, Burma and Thailand, have vastly different borders now than they have over the past 2 millenium due to conflicts. What we can tell with more certainty, are the influences in artistic, religious, linguistic and cultural expressions in sakyant. SE Asia was a thriving area due to rich natural resources, and as people moved around to exploit the fertile lands, they brought with them ideas, spirituality, custom as well as their wares and cultural identity. Animism was a commonly practiced form of spirituality in the primitive ages, until more organized philosophies and religions spread throughout Asia.
Many designs in sakyant are pictures of animals, spirits, elemental forms like “earth, air, fire, water and ether.” Hinduism spread rapidly throughout SE Asia and the influences this brought to the area can be seen in the representation of Hindu gods and spirits, generally with a cultural refurbishment in the style and dress of the local area and time period. As Buddhism also spread eastward, the Buddhist element in much of sakyant can be seen. You will regularly see a wearer of sakyant with designs influenced by animism, Hinduism and Buddhism, all sharing space on their body in harmony. Language and alphabets have also changed from the early beginnings of sakyant to the language used in modern times. Today the majority of sakyant is written in the alphabet of “Khom,” the precursor to modern day Cambodian (or Khmer) script. While khom is the most common, there is also “Lanna,” a script synonymous with Northern Thailand and Laos, and “Mon” endemic to Burma, Laos and Southern China. These writing systems stemmed from “Pallava” from India, and indeed there are some esoteric sakyant designs written in the ancient script of Pallava. Recordings that show sakyant are extremely hard to find before the 13th century, or the “Sukothai” period, which displayed a great expansion in artistic representation of Thai life and philosophies, religions, trade and border expansion.
Paintings, manuscripts, stories and evidence in other nation’s chronicals of their impressions when trading with the Siamese all help us paint a clearer picture of the origins and movement of sakyant in cultural practices. Someone who applies sakyant is called an “Ajarn,” or master. Ajarns are found in the monkhood in Buddhist temples, as Ruesi in the forest traditions, as Ruesi and Brahmans from Indic influenced traditions, and also in the general laity. One thing that can be decided on, is sakyant was developed by individuals called Ruesi. This is a word the Thai language has borrowed from the Hindi word “Rishi,” meaning seer, ascetic, one who has received knowledge from Bhrama in the form of sacred mantras. To be an Ajarn, one must devote much time to studying the esoteric languages, incantations, methodologys, mythologys, meditation and the ability to focus their mind with intent. While applying sakyant to a devotee, the Ajarn must concentrate intently, reciting ancient mantras relating to the design, and finally blowing on the design, transmitting the developed prana, imbuing the sakyant with the qualities the devotee is looking for. Some Ajarn can go into a trance and invoke a spirit to help guide them during sakyant. The most common spirit is one of the many versions of a Ruesi called “Por Gae Dtaa Fai” which was a famous Ruesi in ancient times, known for his highly developed mind and ability to make protective spells and sakyant for “luksit” or devotees. Some of these Ajarn will wear a mask of their chosen deity while applying sakyant and some Ajarn are famous for applying sakyant “blind.” There are many, many types of sakyant designs with many, many uses. Sakyant was developed to help people with luck, protection, love, well-being, money, any desirable attribute we need to live a happier, healthier life.
Some devotees can go into a trance when they hear a mantra or they are receiving the blessing after the sakyant. This phenomenon is called “Kong Kuen,” and is generally a rapturous trance called “piti.” Some devotees may trance into a particular deity or animal of the sakyant they have, snarling like a tiger, scraping at the ground like a boar or jumping around like a monkey. An auspicious time is chosen for an Ajarn to pay respect to his teacher and the lineage of his teachers, usually annually. The Ajarn will invite his devotees to come and pay their respects to the Buddha and to the ancient Ruesi and teachers of sakyant. This is a day of blessings and re-empowering the devotees sakyant.
_ Ajarn Mat, Australia
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