Buddhist amulets are a big thing in Thailand. It is believed these talismans protect and bring good fortune to the carrier. They normally have an image of Buddha or a famous monk and can be made in anything from clay, wood, bronze to bone, tusk or antlers. Theoretically, an amulet cannot be owned, but that doesn't mean you can't buy the right to carry it until you let go of it. The covered amulet market on Thanon Maharat is just for that kind of shopping. Some vendors are only selling a few very precious - and pricy - amulets, while other shops have anything amulet-related. Hardcore shoppers have their own magnifying glass for examining the amulets in detail, and you can even buy books and magazines about amulets. It seems that the more badass you are, the more amulets you need for some mafia guys are carrying the biggest and flashy amulets ever, while monks normally choose something more discreet.