When the Thai Kingdom evolved and Buddhism was introduced, the former practices were not erased, as is often the goal of major religions that seek to dominate past practices. Buddhism is tolerant, and most amulets with pre-Buddhist symbols have been made by monks. A talisman or amulet is believed to counteract bad events, illness, black magic, evil spirits or misfortune such as accidents or assault. Tiny molded Buddha images were often buried in spires with the ashes of famous monks and Royal persons and the older ones have been excavated and used as powerful amulets. These days almost every Thai wears or keeps multiple amulets, sometimes having a large collection kept at home aside from those worn on necklaces and waist cords under the shirt and amulet collecting is a huge national Thai pastime.
The Pidta style amulet with a monk sitting in full or half-lotus position and with his hands covering his eyes and face is a style that has become very popular among Thai Buddhists, but other Buddhists across the world as well. Phra Pidta is a representation of a venerable monk well known for deep samadhi meditation (absorption) during Siddhartha Buddhas time more than 2,550 years ago.
Hands over the eyes symbolizes a blocking out of the outside world during intense Sammabart meditation. This is jhana level meditation which can also cross-over into Abhinna. Abhinna are supernatural experiences which people meditating in the fourth Jhana can sometimes attain. Business prosperity is a major benefit of this amulet.Yet, there are said to be many benefits of the amulets including good luck and protection from harm of all sorts. The item "Jumbo Closed Eye Pit Ta Carved Jade Emerald Buddha Temple Thai Amulet #8017g" is in sale since Sunday, April 14, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Southeast Asia\Amulets".collections" and is located in default. This item can be shipped worldwide.