People get tattoos in Thailand – level 2

30-03-2016 07:00

Tens of thousands of people came to get tattoos in a Buddhist temple just west of Bangkok. Buddhist monks drew the tattoos and many people believe that the tattoos possess mystical powers.

One man said that the tattoo is the reason why he survived a car crash and why his job is going well. Outside the temple, some people acted like the animals in their tattoos.

However, the powers of the tattoo only work if you obey the five rules of Buddhism. For example, you must not steal, take a life, drink alcohol or take drugs. If you make a mistake, you can always come back to the temple next year to try again.

Difficult words: temple (a building for praying to a god or gods), monk (a man who only lives for a god or gods), obey (if you obey rules, you do not break them).

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