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Review of Jewellery As a Sacred Object in Thailand

Jewellery in Thailand is not only for the purpose of beauty but it is also related to beliefs and faith, especially faith in religions and certain practices. Such faith developed into various forms like the amulet; a magical power, worn for the purpose of protection in specific occasions such as wartime, adventure or wondering. Beliefs are also expressed through the patterns and colours of ornaments, since the discovery of precious elements, such as gold, silver and gemstones. These were brought into various styles of ornamentation with particular characteristics and purposes. The ornaments range from being decorative objects, representing status or presenting roles in a society. The ruling class, upper class people, such as the king, specially use precious rare ones and members of the royal family, use them as sacred items related to certain beliefs and religions and respected by the society. Examples are the Buddha images, idols and religious places.

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