Many people are charmed by Thai amulets, which are said to bring love, success, happiness and promises of good fortune. No one can give you with a definite answer if any of the “promises” of the good luck charms of Thailand are effective or not but it is possible to know which ones are authentic and which ones are not. Because of the demand for Thai good luck charms, the number of vendors has increased but not all of them sell genuine amulets.
When you buy Thai amulets, make sure you view them up close and not just through a glass screen, or worse, in pictures. It would be helpful if you can a Thai friend to guide you around some of best places that actually sell the real Thai amulets. Take note that amulets are usually made from various materials like gold, copper, wood, bronze, silver, etc and all these can be replicated easily.
If you are out on your own and you are not an expert on judging authenticity, then judge based on the expertise of the seller. If the seller seems knowledgeable and isn’t pushing you too hard to buy, it’s probably safe to do so.
Good luck charms from Thailand are an authentic craft of the Thais so look for vendors who are locals and residents of Thailand. If you do online shopping and the Thai amulets are not sent from Thailand, then that could prove to be a sketchy deal; do a background check of the vendor or ask him/her personally. How much does the seller know about the amulets? Does he/she know the history, the significance, the tradition and the process of making the Thai good luck charms? What does the seller claim about the Thai amulets?
Buddhist amulets are not sold for the sake of fooling others into false claims. Genuine vendors sell for various reasons but they should not sell them to con people. The prices of genuine Thai good luck charms are not cheap, and genuine vendors would never make exaggerated promises of magical powers or any “abilities” of the amulets.
Look beyond the business talk of the seller. Some are manipulated into buying the good luck charms from Thailand because the sellers played with their emotions. Are you being promised happiness, good fortune, success, etc?
Sellers with good intentions would not sell you emotion but would sell you the significance and the meaning of Thai amulets in relation to the Thai culture. Thai amulets are not magical artifacts; they are beautiful creations that symbolize the Thai tradition.
Sukhothai is a beautiful a city in Thailand. It houses the ruins of the ancient Sukhothai Kingdom that was established around 1238 and lasted until around 1438. It is a designated UNESCO World Heritage historical park. The remains of the ancient civilization exist today in the form of ancient temples and ruins, Sukhothai antiques, Sukhothai plates, Sukhothai bowls and Sukhothai jars.
Thailand has a long history of ceramic art. Various locations have remnants of early pottery, porcelain and other art works of the Thais. There are many classifications of Thai ceramics but among the identified groups, the Sukhothai ceramics stand out as one of the most important.
They were created during the Sukhothai kingdom period in the area where this once-prosperous kingdom was centered (north, central Thailand). Archaeologists, experts and collectors originally classified ceramics from that period to be known simply as “Sukhothai antiques, Sukhothai jars, Sukhothai plates and Sukhothai bowls. Eventually though, further distinction of the artifacts was developed.
Most Sukhothai antiques, such as the Sukhothai plates and Sukhothai bowls, are found scattered in two areas of the Sukhothai kingdom. The kiln sites are primary locations of ancient jars, antiques and other artifacts. The kilns are located around the northern wall of the ancient city, and also in Sri Satchanalai. Now, these two areas are archaeological sites and museums and exhibitions are frequently held in the area.
The production of sukhothai antiques, sukhothai plates, sukhothai bowls and sukhothai jars is estimated to have begun around the thirteenth century AD, alongside the fall and subsequent decline of the Khmer empire. By 15th century, China, the leading ceramics producer, faced a crisis that led to Sukhothai ceramics being given an advantage in export markets.
Eventually, Sukhothai wares reached their neighbors as far away as the Philippines, Indonesia, China and many other destinations in Southeast Asia. Exported by sea, many unsuccessful voyages saw the ancient Chinese and Asian trading vessels containing collections of Sukhothai wares sink to the bottom of the ocean. Some of these have been recovered from the ocean many centuries after, and they still remain in excellent condition.
By the 16th century, the production and export of Sukhothai antiques, Sukhothai plates, Sukhothai bowls and Sukhothai jars was discontinued because of continuous wars between the Kingdom of Ayutthaya and the Burmese Kingdom. Another significant historical event was the revival of Chinese wares, ceramics and porcelain which were once again exported to the world markets.
Today, the best quality and most beautiful samples of Sukhothai ceramics are handled by private collectors. These are highly valuable nowadays and much sought after by collectors worldwide. Their value lies in their unique beauty, the expertise in the handicraft and their history dating back some 700 years to the Ancient Sukhothai Kingdom.