Thai people believe in supernaturalism and animism, even if they are Buddhists, Christs or Moslems. Amulets and other items like the Ta krut are used as a good luck charm or for protection against evil, ghosts, black magic or bad luck. The Ta Krut is an ornate plaited cord good luck charm and mostly worn by young boys around their waist.
The parents provide a Ta Krut for their beloved sons to protect them, if the boys get elder, often a Palad Khik (a small phallus like object) is added to the Ta Krut, to enhance fertility and for good luck in love affairs. Before the good luck charm Ta Krut is tied round the waist,
it has to be blessed by a Buddhist monk in a temple.
This procedure is called Plug Seth, means awaken or activate the protective and happiness bringing benefits of the good luck charm. In the front part of the Ta Krut are salvific items included, like stones, wood, sand or other items to give the good luck charm its miracle power.
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Image: Thai Good Luck Charm Ta Krut
Picture above: Young Lisu Hill Tribe Thai boy
with Ta Krut (good luck charm) and Buddha amulet