Saturday, February 23, 2008

Pra Jiads

A band of braided cloth worn around either one or both of the fighters upper arms, used to ward of danger and induce toughness. These amulets are a bit more personal to the fighter than the Mongkon. He can incorporate anything from a strand of his mothers hair to a thread of clothing from a loved one. Any such personal items placed under or within the Pra Jiad is believed to raise the confidence level of the fighter. Unlike the Mongkon, the Pra Jiads are kept by the fighter until the time of competition. They are then tied around the arms of the fighter by the teacher followed by a prayer and the Mongkon ritual.