Muay Thai Tattoos
Many fighters display tattoos. These normally take the form of magic symbolic designs that are applied by monks and are specially created for Muaythai fighters.
The Mongkong or Mongkol Headdress
The headdress is believed to have its origin in the days when Muay was used on the battlefield. Young warriors would tear off strips of cloth from the clothing of their mothers, girlfriends and wives and twist them into head bands that they would wear in battle. They would often weave in sacred bones and other items to ward off evil spirits, give good luck and give them courage in the heat of battle. These days they are given by teachers to their students when they are deemed ready for combat. They are worn during the warm-up ceremonies and Wai Khru or Ram Muay and are then usually placed on the corner post of the boxer during the fight.
You will see bands placed around the biceps of fighters. These are used to bind other sacred items such as amulets to the fighter’s body for luck and to ward off evil spirits.
Muay Thai Body Oils
Muay fighters are taught to be able to ignore the pain and discomfort that they must endure during combat. Fighters often coat their bodies in lotions which have been blessed by the monks.