1 September 2011
"A Yantra tattoo (or Sak Yant) is a form of sacred tattooing practiced in Southeast Asian countries including Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand. Sak yant designs are normally tattooed by wicha practitioners and Buddhist monks, traditionally with a long bamboo stick sharpened to a point,called a Mai Sak. The script used for yantra designs is a mixture of ancient Khmer script and the original Buddhist Pali script. Records have shown that yantra tattooing dates back to Angkor times. Different masters have added to these designs over the years through visions received in their meditations. Some yantra designs have been adapted from pre-Buddhist Shamanism and the belief in animal spirits that was found in the Southeast Asian sub-continent and incorporated into the Thai tradition and cultures."
Thanks for that, Wikipedia. These yantra tattoos are absolutely beautiful, not only because of their religious and spiritual significance but because a yantra is a geometrical design meaning that these tattoos have incredibly balanced compositions. Looking at images like these and trying to plan RTW trip are pretty much the only things keeping me sane with the start of the college year just around the corner.