Thai Takrut are a kind of amulet in the shape of a scroll. They are usually in some form of tube or cover and this cover can sometimes be filled with oil or other liquid. The scroll itself can be made from metals such as lead, copper or even silver or gold. They can also be made of bamboo, wood, leaves, animal skin, bone or paper.
They are usually on a cord or thong and are worn around the neck or waist. Monks often wear them under their robes. They can be worn at the same time as amulets as there is no conflict between the two. More than one takrut can be worn in order to increase power or multiply the blessings given by them.
The scrolls contain sacred magical inscriptions derived from Buddhist, Animist, Vedic and Khmer traditions. They are made with great care by the monks, who chant magical incantations whilst making the takrut. The sacred magical inscriptions often contain symbols from sacred geometry and symbols known only to the monk who created them. Inscriptions are highly individual and the takrut are often infused with magical oils and powders.
A takrut is a yantra, just like a Sak Yant sacred temple tattoo. Yants are made up of sacred geometry and magical script according to their purpose. Incantations, Buddhist and Pali prayers are recited and the spell is written in an ancient form of Pali which resembles Khmer script. In the North of Thailand they tend to use Lanna script rather than the Pali/Khmer that is used in the rest of Thailand.
Takrut are very popular in Thailand. They are used for such reasons as protection, good luck, to bring success in business and in love. The protection takrut are very popular with members of the armed forces and the police, and others in dangerous jobs. They are also popular with Muay Thai fighters. Often they wear a cord takrut on their arm during the fight, this is called a prajioud arm band. They are not allowed to wear a metal takrut during the fight , but often Muay Thai fighters go to one of the temples where they can get a tiny gold takrut inserted into their body. They believe that this will preserve their fighting spirit in the ring during the fight.
Years ago, L P Koon of Wat Ban Rai inserted tiny pure gold takrut into the bodies of thousands of followers and visitors to the temple. They were named Thong Kam. Gold and silver takruts were said to have the power to repel evil and black magic and other dangers.
As well as the scrolls within tubes, takrut can also take the form of a belt, a ring,or an armband. They can be worn or carried close to a certain part of the body to give more power or protection to that part of the body. Some takrut are made small enough to hold in the mouth and these are said to enable the power of someone; speech to be enhanced. These are called Salikas the golden tongued bird. Some takrut are shaped like bullet cases and these are reputed to protect the wearer from danger and injury. There are many stories told about the protection and blessings they have given to people.
Takrut are made by the monk who chants a Kata, or mantra, to empower the object with the blessings he wishes it to carry. It is said that if you are in danger you should think of the monk who created the takrut and pray to ask for his help with the situation. Of course, the power of the Takrut also depends on the motives of the owner. If you are evil the takrut will not protect you or bring you blessings. It is all about the Karma.