In The Amulet Market

Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)

Palos Park, United States

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Bangkok, Thailand has at least one amulet market where precious amulets are sold to faithful Buddhists. Some amulets can be had for a pittance while others cost hundreds of dollars. Surprisingly, despite being very close to Bangkok’s fabled Grand Palace the amulet market contained no tourists but only local Thais.

This Buddhist monk was photographed at a table in the amulet market with several amulets near his hand. When he acquiesced to my taking his photo, I was struck by his piercing gaze and elegant bearing.

Many of the amulets I saw were made of clay yet there were other far more compelling items for sale, among them a mummified human fetus!

Also disturbing were “medicinal” displays of numerous tiger skins, some of them real and some clearly fake, tiger paws and claws, elephant hair, bear and tiger skulls, horns from endangered ungulates, and desiccated, preserved internal organs of rapidly disappearing animals. Despite being outlawed, the trade for poached endangered animals thrives as evidenced in this Bangkok amulet market. It was not easy to observe.

Bangkok, Thailand

February 23,2010

Canon 40D, Canon 10-22mm lens, shutter 1/60, f/6.3, focal length 22mm, ISO 400

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