The Himapant Animals

What are the Himapant Animals?

 

They play an integral role in the imagery of the Buddhist/Hindu religeons and have an array of different meanings. Some depict real animals e.g. crocodiles, tigers, birds, etc. Others are various creatures combined to represent more mythical beasts such as a birds with an elephants trunk.

All of these creatures are very powerful in their meanings and commonly represent dieties that are worshipped. You will see them often in traditional Thai mythological art telling the stories of Buddha (Ongk Phra.)

While Himapant are some of the most decorative and beautiful images in the art of Sak Yant tattoo, their meanings must be understood and used appropriately. The Sak Yant masters will explain what they represent and help receivers choose wisely if they decide to tattoo a Himapant animal on their body. Along with the Yant symbols that instill them with their particular powers, they hold great importance in the world of Sak Yant tattoo.

One of the most famous Himapant creatures is Singha (the Lion) who guards and protects entrances. Singha is often seen beside the gates of temples and holy places.

Singh Lion

Perhaps the most impressive rendering of Singha is in Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai’s neighbouring province. Located at Singha Park, a nice day trip will give you the chance to see this and it’s beautiful surroundings. Approximately 2 hours drive from Lanna Sakyants home base, it is another one of Northern Thailands many attractions.

 

This photo of Singha Park is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 
For a brief explanation of this and other Sak Yant types click here