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Yantra tattooing, also called sak yant, is practiced in Southeast Asian countries including Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand. The practice has also begun to grow in popularity among Chinese Buddhists in Singapore. Sak yant designs are normally tattooed by Ruesi, wicha (magic) practitioners, and Buddhist monks. Yantra tattoos are believed to bestow mystical powers, protection, or good luck.

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Celebrating Vesak with children - Buddha Day activities

Books about Buddhism for children, and Vesak activities and ideas for celebrating Buddha Day with children.

This is a sample I made to demonstrate the process of mask-making for my students. Inspiration was derived from African art, and body art from a variety of cultures. While working on this face, I was thinking about the ritual scarring practiced by many African tribes, Maori facial tattoos, and the Indian art of Mehndi. The neck coils are reminiscent of the Kayan women of Myanmar and Thailand who modify their bodies by stretching out their necks with ornamental brass coils.