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Not your average tattoo. Sak Yant tattoos are usually done by Buddhist monks in Thailand. The lore behind these tattoos are that they are believed to give the person magic powers dealing with healing, luck, strength, and protection against evil. However, you gain these powers by essentially creating a contract with a spirit through the tattoo. In order for them to give you protection, you must sacrifice an activity or habit you once enjoyed. This activity is decided by the monk, not you. These pacts are not easily broken, and if you don't keep up with your side of the bargain, the spirit might punish you in retaliation. I will probably never get one of these tattoos, but they are fascinating to say the least.
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