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Yantra tattooing (Thai: สักยันต์; rtgs: sak yan; Khmer: សាក់យ័ន្ត; Burmese: တက်တူးထိုး) is a form of tattooing that originated among the Tai tribes of southwestern China and northwestern Vietnam over 2,000 years ago, according to Chinese chronicles of the time. It consists of sacred geometrical, animal and deity designs accompanied by Pali phrases that offer power, protection, fortune, charisma and other benefits for the bearer. Today it is practiced mainly in Thailand, and to a lesser extent in Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar.
Sak means tattoo in Thai, and yan is the Thai pronunciation for the Sanskrit word yantra, a type of mystical diagram used in Dharmic religions.
Sak yan designs are normally tattooed by ruesi (the Thai form of rishi), wicha (magic) practitioners, and Buddhist monks, traditionally with a metal rod sharpened to a point (called a khem sak).

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