Most people don’t know the specific origin of the six dots on Krillin’s head. Even those who have watched Dragon Ball from the beginning will not be able to explain the specific cause of these 6 dots. The most they can say is probably that these 6 dots have been with him since his debut in the series. However, the true purpose of these dots is not detailed in the story or dialogue of the characters in Dragon Ball.
Understanding the hidden meaning of the dots on Krillin’s head requires us to examine the source material that inspired the story of the Dragon Balls. In the many contexts, martial arts, plot, ideology, etc. of the series, perhaps we have to learn the inspiration from the East Asian culture of countries like Japan, China and India.
Assuming this is true for Krillin’s dots, they’re most likely the result of burning moxiblation – a traditional Chinese medicine treatment that involves burning dried wormwood onto specific points on the body. . It plays an important role in the traditional medical systems of China, Tibet, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Mongolia…
Moxibustion was originally practiced in China as an alternative therapy. By burning dried wormwood (moxa) incense and applying it to acupuncture points, it can be used to treat various ailments. It is also used to stimulate the flow of blood and qi; In Dragon Ball, “qi” is better known as Ki (気) or energy.
There are several methods of detoxification that have long-term and temporary effects. Long-term treatments include applying moxa cones to a designated acupuncture point and burning it to the point of scarring. Those who don’t want a scar can remove the moxa before causing permanent damage to the skin or simply use sticky moxa. In Krillin’s case, he probably used direct scarring.
Another use of moxiblation is also used by Buddhist or Shaolin monks. As part of their indoctrination, monks will have to shave their heads and have their foreheads marked with these dots. Krillin originally came from Orin Temple, their practitioners were all like the Shaolin monks. Just as they shaved their heads and dressed like the Shaolin monks, it is likely that they also underwent harsh training and used the method of burning wormwood.
The dots on top will represent a number of different things such as representing the Three Jewels; The Buddha, the Dharma (the Buddha’s teachings), and the Sangha (the Buddha’s disciples). They also represent the three vows that a Buddhist must make; get rid of your bad habits, cultivate good thoughts and accumulate wisdom. Finally, the dots represent the three main forms of Buddhist training; ethics and discipline, focus and wisdom. In general, the dots are said to represent the ideals and virtues of the monks.
However, the reality was that Krillin, despite having the appearance of a Shaolin monk, did not follow their principles. While Shaolin monks rejected earthly pleasures in pursuit of enlightenment, Krillin became a martial artist with the intention of attracting women. He is also impatient, using a lot of trickery in combat and always looking for shortcuts during his training with Master Roshi.