The History of Hanuman
In Hinduism, Hanuman is an ardent devotee of Rama. Hanuman, known as the Lord of Celibacy, was an ideal “Brahmachari
The Thai and Indian version of these stories differ slightly. The Ramayana is a devotional tale, a Sanatana Dharma
There are many myths surrounding the birth of Hanuman, but the most widely-accepted of these says Hanuman is the child of Sawaha
The Characteristics of Hanuman
Hanuman is a monkey, with white fur and hair made of diamonds. The Kiew Kaew
He has the personality of a young man, flirty, exuberant, and playful. He is the most knowledgeable of Rama’s soldier, as crafty with strategy and intellect, as he is skilled at warfare. He is totally dedicated to Rama, and willing to die for him if need be.
Although skilled and courageous in War, Hanuman is as much a lover as he is a fighter. In Thai literature, Hanuman has 6 wives, Nang Busamali
The power of Hanuman
Because of the circumstances of his birth, being borne from Holy Weapons and the power of Shiva, Hanuman was blessed with supernatural gifts. The “Tri Phet
Hanuman possesses unbelievable strength and agility, able to fly like the wind, and hold up entire mountains. He is able to render himself invisible, or even transmogrify himself into other shapes and forms, merely through the manipulation of his body. On the battlefield, he opts to take on a hideous, gigantic appearance, towering over his enemies with a body resembling molten gold. His face glows a fierce ruby-red and his long tail and thunderous roar scatters all who oppose him.
In this form, he is also immortal. Though he can be harmed by weapons, a mere breeze will resurrect him. It is for this reason, that he is closely associated with the Kongkrapan Chatree
A loyal general for Rama, Hanuman has participated in a litany of major battles for his master, even finding time to save Phra Lakshama’s
Superstitions Relating to Hanuman
Hanuman is incorporated into many different kinds of amulets, especially Yant
1- Yant Hanuman Kiew Nang Suphannamatcha
This talisman has no standardized pattern, but features Hanuman grasping the lower parts of Nang Suphannamatcha, sometimes depicted as him grabbing her tail, and other times, her legs. They are all based on a painting from Wat Phra Kaew, and feature letters inscribed below the image.
This talisman depicts Hanuman holding Krabi (sword). Characters are inscribed all around the image, except at the head.
3- Yant Hanuman Krong Meung
This Hanuman with his mouth agape, and holding a round talisman. Similar to “Rahu Omchan
4- Yant Hanuman Cluk Foon
Hanuman is depicted carrying weapons in both hands. He appears to be rolling. Characters are inscribed all around him, along with a large Unalom
5- Yant Hanuman Chern Thong
Hanuman is depicted in flight, holding the flag (a symbol of war) in one hand, and a Tri Phet
Hanuman is depicted walking, with 4 hands, and holding weapons in 2 of them. One of his legs grasped a spear. Characters are inscribed as the bottom of the image, and Unalom, on the left and right sides.
7- Yant Hanuman Jed Tau
Hanuman is depicted flying and “yawning” out a star and moon. Each of his appendages grasps a weapon. Characters are inscribed at the base of the image, and the Unalon, on top. Square talismans are inscribed on both sides.
8- Yant Hanuman Paed Tau
A Hanuman with 6 hands, holding weapons in each, the Looksorn
9- Yant Hanuman Kao Tau
Has many variants, but all involve Hanuman perched atop a lion. The weapons and likeness of Hanuman differ according to the intended purpose of the image.
10- Yant Hanuman Sib Tau
Hanuman atop a lion, but with 10 hands. He notches 5 arrows with the hands on one side, and shoots them with one of the others. The rest of the hands grasp a Kwan
11- Yant Hanuman Prasan Gai
This talisman has two variants. The first one depicts Hanuman and the Matchanu
12- Yant Hanuman Plang Rit
13- Yant Hanuman Hao Pen Dao Pen Deun
This Yant has may be modified slightly to include specific design elements, but the principle characteristics remain the same. Hanuman is depicting yawning out stars and a moon. The number of his hands, the weapons he holds, and the inscriptions of the characters around the picture, differ across versions.
14- Yant Hanuman Waek Badal
Hanuman is depicted as swimming, while holding weapons in each hand. Characters are inscribed below the image, and Unalom is placed on top.
Because of the magnitude of Hanuman’s popularity, these only serve as a general reference for some style of Hanuman yant that you may encounter. There is a vast repository of styles and efficacies, and as such, you may continue to encounter variants of these yants, or even new styles, that differ greatly from the ones described in this article. That is perhaps, the beauty of the esoteric arts, that there is room for craftsmanship even amongst the myriad of methods and practices passed down through the ages.
Hanuman images have also been used in a wide variety of other amulets, such as Phra Kreung
Thai people have great respect for Hanuman, and as a result, Hanuman amulets of all shapes and forms are greatly prized, be they tattooed on skin or otherwise.