Monday, June 26, 2017

Ghost Story Collection From Singapore

During my stay in Singapore, I have heard and experienced some very strange things:

I rented a room in Bouna Vista during my on the job training. Once the landlord family went out for a week's tour to Taiwan leaving me alone.One evening I was sitting in a sofa reading newspaper and the TV set is just opposite me.

As I was flipping the newspaper, my eye sight suddenly cough hold of a long haired figure stood by behind me from the monitor reflection. This has shocked the living daylight out of me and instinctively I turned my head. But there wasn't anyone there!

I turned my head again to look at the TV monitor, there the figure was! It still stood silently behind me.

What else? I knew I have seen things... quickly and quietly, I put down the newspaper and went to bed early. Since I was alone, it is better safe than sorry. I didn't want to offend any ghosts as yet.

Before I moved out of the place, I asked my landlord if he has seen anything strange lately. And he said: "Ah, you must had seen my heirloom spirit as it would show itself to people at times..."
In another incident...

It was around 2am when my pal and I returned from pub hopping. As we was walking and chatting, we suddenly saw an old nanny burning joss papers by the road side.

At first we were not bothered but suddenly we thought that it was lunar 7th month and further... who will burn anything during this wee hour? Further,the old nanny has no feet....

So, we both shouted out: 'Run!" and we ran as fast as we could.As we ran, we turned our head and looked back. There weren't anyone there, not even traces of ashes!

One night, I returned from my training and as I walked to the front of a lift and found my shoe string has loosened.So I moved aside and bent down to tie my shoe lace.

At this time, a figure walked passed me and walked towards the lift.I instinctively raised my head and saw the lift door opened, and the figure entered the lift compartment.

It was quite normal and I continued tying my shoes.But after I finished tying my shoe lace, the lift didn't move at all. Feeling strange, I watched and watched and the lift stay put at ground floor still...

Feeling curious, I pressed on the door open button and to my surprised, the compartment is empty. In a state of shock, I rushed up the staircase two flights at one time!

This story is from my friend, Jane:

When Jane first came to Singapore, she rented a room in Commenwealth area. One day, she went out with her landlady to shop in Orchard Road.

Opposite them came a figure cladded in white robe. As they were approaching, Jane looked at the figure's face and to her shock, she saw the festering face of an old lady with a lot of pustules...

Before Jane can have a second thought, her landlady suddenly dragged her hand and ran as fast as they could while shouting: "Run! That thing is a ghost... it has no legs!!"

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Salt Selling @ Cemetery (坟场卖盐)

This is perhaps the most simple money magic specific to Singapore only. Of course, only those brave and desperate ones can perform this ritual.

According to local belief, ghosts need a large quantity of salt to prevent their bodies from further decomposing.

The method is the brave heart must first pack many small packets of salt to make sure that the salt supply will not stop. Otherwise, very things will happen.

Then before dusk, he/she must find a suitable place in the cemetery and squat down comfortably with his/her head stooped while waiting patiently for his/her potential 'customers'.

A note worthy thing is that this person must not raise his/her head or must he/she fall asleep too. In addition, he/she must not leave the cemetery before dawn; or his/her life would be in jeopardy.

In the event of transaction made, when the 'customers' put their money in the seller's hand and taking the salt; the seller must resist the temptation to peep at the 'customer's face (or very bad things will happen...)

Upon the first ray of morning sun, this salt seller must quickly pack up and picked up his 'hard earned' cash; and leave the cemetery before day breaks (or very bad things will happen...)

It is said that the money thus earn will not transform into 'hell notes' as the stories of mid-night taxi drivers.

Practically speaking, if you try this method in Singapore or Malaysia now a days; you may be robbed or be arrested in suspicion of drug addict! Of course, I could be wrong... Ha! Ha! Ha!

The Pontianak Of Mount Pleasant(快乐山女鬼)

Mount Pleasant Cemetery is situated around Upper Thomson Road and it is said to be one of the most haunted places in Singapore, definitely a place for the brave and the bold ghost hunters.

This cemetery was originally part of 86 hectares Bukit Brown  Chinese cemetery, but the pan island highway cut the cemetery into two.

The Mount Pleasant Cemetery does not live up to its name 'pleasant' as the place is covered by shrubs and always dark and gloomy. Many passerby didn't even notice there is a cemetery located there.

There is one winding path lead to the cemetery entrance and many old graves are already in a decaying state.

It gets more eerie as the place is surrounded by Malay paduak (pterocarpus indicus) trees after night.
Of course the scariest of all is not those folks resting under the graves, but seeing pontianak flying from one tree to another accompanied by those eerie shrieks that could make anyone tremble with fears.

Legend has it that the predecessor of Mount Pleasant Cemetery was a Javanese village and many bomohs kept and controlled these pontianaks for their magical deployment.Although the village is no more in existence, those scary pontianaks still linger on and watch over the place.

Rumor has it that mutilated dead bodies with internal organs and reproduction organs were being scattered around the said cemetery. People believed that was the work of pontianak. Or perhaps the work of some meat eating animals since tigers were found and killed in that area some dog gone years.

About a decade ago, when I was posted to Singapore, I joined a friend to visit the Mount Pleasant Cemetery at night.

As we walked among the graves carefully, suddenly a white UFO whooped over our heads with shrieking sound.The incident happened so fast that by the time we lifted our head, the thing was gone. But we can still hear those scary crying sounds surrounding us for quite a while.Perhaps that was some kind of giant night bird we thought later.

I have not revisited Mount Pleasant since then. Perhaps the pontianaks or whatever they might be are still there. If you dare, do go and visit this place sometime and try your luck.

The Lady Behind Man (男人背后的女人)

This is a story told to me by a Thai friend and he assured me that this is a true story:

A very handsome sales person has successfully pursued the daughter of a rich businessman. Despite objected by her parents, this lady decided to marry the handsome guy of her choice.

However, a few years after their marriage; the man started to date other ladies. The wife eventually learnt of her husband's affair with other woman and she threatened that if her husband does not return to her side, she would commit suicide.

At first this man yielded to his wife's threat but after a while, he started to see other women again. 

Again, the wife repeated her threats but this time the husband decided not to return to his wife no matter what she said. In despair, the pregnant wife decided to commit suicide by jumping out of her apartment's balcony.

Now that this sales person is single and available again and he thought he would be able to fish any chicks as before, but almost all women he met would be attracted to him at first, then after chatting for a while, they would just turn their head and flee from him in a haste.

Not only the man's love life turned sour, his career as a sales person also being affected. Not only he failed to attract new customers, his old customers also started to shy away from him.

Gradually this salesman became lonely and out of job. Then one morning, after breakfast, he walked aimlessly in a street and a monk came towards him asking for alms. He gave the monk what was left in his wallet.

The monk paused and then looked at the man's face for a while; then the monk opened his mouth: "Generous donor, I am not supposed to take your donation as you need it more. But the Buddha is compassionate that led you to me.

I can see a lady spirit holding a baby following close at your back with hatred and sad stares. May I ask what had troubled you?"

On hearing the words, the sales man raised his head and look into the monk's face for quite a while and burst into tears: "That must be my wife... hadn't she let me go? I am broke and lonely... everything gone very wrong!"

The monk nodded his head and said: "Young man, your wife is full of hatred right now. You can only pacify her by engaging in dharma act and repent for your life..."

The salesman now on his knees and asked: "Can you show me the way?"

The monk subsequently brought the salesman to his temple and before long, he too became a monk.

If you would ask, this salesman turned monk is precisely the story teller.

After telling his story, he asked: "Is she still around?"

I pointed at his back and said: "Perhaps you need to work harder..."

The Arts Of Poisoning: Santau

Santau has been over-publicized and misunderstood over the years in Malaysia. It has became the collective noun for black magic and almost everything supernatural falls into this category; most of all a tool for some party to spread rumors and persecutions.

I believe the Malaysian Santau technique originates from India. As described in the book 'Malay Poisons and Charm Cures' by John D. Gimlette, Indian added poisons while making earth-wares to cause slow poisoning. While the old Malays smeared poisons on their keris so as to kill their enemies.

Many ingredients used in making santau are described in the above mentioned book. The technique of making santau is much more advance and lethal than the Indochinese Phi Phop (琵琶鬼) or the Chinese 'mountain-wind poison' (蛊毒).

As with all systems, a spirit is required as an agent for transmitting poisons although the actual one who drops poisons is still the sorcerer himself/herself.

As mentioned before, the purpose of administering santau or related techniques is for money mainly and revenge secondary. 

Many stories told of travelers and especially merchants in isolated locations in Southern China and Indochina were being killed by unscrupulous rest house owners for their money. It is believed that the souls of those killed by santau type of poison are forced to serve the santau practitioner. Similar rumors were also went viral earlier in Malaysia that certain restaurant owners would drop santau in their dishes to poison their customers.

It is believed that a santau practitioner must 'sacrifice' one life in 3 years or his/her santau spirit will devour the master. But I think the main motivation is for money than for keeping ghosts to serve the sorcerer.

Since materials for santau making are irritants: glasses, bamboo hairs, caterpillars etc., once this mixtures are consumed; it directly attack the digestive and respiratory systems. Thus causing coughing, vomiting or difficulty to breathe. If lethal poisons are added, the victim may die in relatively short time.

So, logically speaking; the effects of santau are purely physical and nothing spiritual. Until today, I am not sure why spirits such as Hantu Raya or Phi Phops are employed in santau sort of systems.
I have major headache when people blamed a person of different characters a potential santau caster over some perhaps their own health problems, or even of jealousy in nature. Now you know what santau really is, stop persecuting others please.

Santau By Friend? Maybe Not!

Below is a story from a friend, Minah suspecting her friend of casting 'santau':

"Previously, I am a factory worker staying in a hostel with 5 other friends. So, there are 6 of us and two persons share one room. I stayed with my old school mate while others only known after I start working with this factory.

Just for the purpose of telling story, I will call my 5 other friends as: Alice, May, Jess, Joy and Mary. Among the 5, Alice is know of her special ability to 'see ghosts' at all times. She is quite weak and her family also said to possess a 'saka' (heirloom spirit) and they are also victims of 'santau' by their neighbor.

Alice and I were roommates. One day, Alice was seriously ill. According to Alice, she returned home to receive treatment. Before Alice leave, she told me that there one of our housemate was the culprit of casting 'santau' on her due to jealousy.

In addition, all 5 of us also suffered from consuming 'foreign material' except Mary. It was a fact that Mary was the one who was so willing to cook for us.

Alice said that she saw a spirit in our hostel all the while but she just ignored the spirit as it seemed harmless. No wonder Joy kept complaining that the toilet door was being knocked when she was in the toilet!

I was curious as why Alice suspected Mary was the culprit and her reason was that one of her visiting relatives was possessed by this spirit. This spirit spoke through the relative's mouth that it hated Alice because of her beauty... 

Alice's father quickly brought Alice and the possessed one to see a 'bomoh' (witch doctor) and after some treatment, the spirit was captured.

Strange thing during the same night, Mary became restless and quite jumpy compared to her normal calm self. When I looked at Mary's face, she looked as if someone was seriously sick panting for breathe.

I remembered Joy once told me that Mary acted strangely talking to thin air every evening in the kitchen. When asked, Mary only answered that she was just greeting her grandmother... Strangely speaking, Mary's grandma has gone to the other side for many years as far as Joy knew...

Personally, I pity Alice as she has suffered a lot. According to Alice, once she almost fell from the 2nd floor workplace. As the story goes, while Alice was working, she heard someone called her name. Due to curiosity, Alice went out to investigate. Suddenly, Alice saw her father called her at ground floor.

Just as when Alice was walking towards her father, her supervisor shouted at her and all of a sudden; Alice suddenly awakened and her  father was no where to be found..."

When asked to comment, I told Minah that the symptoms are not signs of 'santau'. Basically, santau is meant to take lives through poisoning. The purpose of casting 'santau' is for revenge and the sure sign is vomiting of foreign objects or blood. It is a means to 'kill and rob' travelers' especially merchants' goods or fortunes while keeping their souls as servants of black magicians.

Minah's story is only product of active imaginative minds unfortunately speaking...

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Aunty Immortal Ho (何仙姑)

This Aunty Immortal Ho is not the Taoist Immortal Ho in Taoist belief system. But since Aunty Ho claimed to be the descendant of Taoist Ho, I will just take her words in respect of her divine status.

I come to know Aunty Ho in a Eric's house. It was then claimed that his house was being overtaken by 100 vampires (僵尸) and their leader is a centennial old master vampire (千年僵尸王).

I was there as a spectator as I heard that Aunty Ho is extremely powerful and that she could summon and order those high and mighty gods to serve her. This ability of hers is what I want to see as I felt so little compared to Aunty Ho.

So I was in Eric's house and Aunty Ho was already standing in the living room. She didn't have any ritual setups... just one male assistant behind her.


This assistant started to vomit: "Wackk.. wackk.."

Eric explained that when this gentleman 'sensed' the presence of evil spirits, he will start vomiting.
At the same time, Aunty Ho rushed to a corner and pointed her finger towards the corner and yelled into the air: "Don't think I cannot see you!"

"You don't challenge my authority! Do you think I don't dare to destroy you!?" She continued though I could see nothing and hear nothing.

Then Aunty Ho turned her head and spoke to the air again: "Jade Emperor, command your heavenly soldiers to kill them all!"

After a while, Aunty Ho held her hands in prayer's position and chanted some mantras.

We all stood in awe silently while holding our breaths watching Aunty Ho in action.

A few minutes later, Aunty Ho proclaimed: "Ah! I have finally destroyed this 1000 year old vampire king. He and his relatives will not trouble you anymore!"

Her assistant immediately came to Eric and protruded his hand, and said: "$1,000 please for your merit creation! We take cards too!"

I left Eric's house a little low in esteem thinking since I saw and felt nothing...

About one month later, Eric complaint to me that his problem has returned. He has tried to contact Aunty Ho but she said that she was too busy.

I couldn't resist Eric's nagging so I followed him back to his house with my compass.

After taking some readings, I found Eric's problems were due to flying star 2, 6 and 5. Further, his house was too dark and lacks good ventilation. No wonder the whole household was feeling sick and seeing things.

My solutions for Eric is cheap and simple of course. But I decided not to inform him since he did not believe me in the first place.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Datuk Kong II

There are many stories about Datuk Kong that we can hear now and then:

A durian plantation owner, Wong wanted to expand his plantation, so he bought over a piece of land next to his one. During land clearing, one big old banyan tree was blocking his expansion work. Despite being warned by local folks that that tree was the dwelling place of infamous Datuk Hijau (Green Grandpa), Wong demanded the tree to be cleared.

On the first try, the bulldozer suddenly stalled for no apparent reasons just a few feet short of touching the banyan tree.

Wong ordered his worker to saw the tree instead, but the electric saw suddenly broke and the broken pieces flung and injured the worker.

Despite the second warning, Wong decided to jump onto the bulldozer and get the job done himself a few days later. 

This time, the bulldozer worked fine and just as the banyan tree was about to be pushed over, it suddenly toppled towards Wong and crashed Wong to dead.

Although, this was thought to be just a freak accident; people believed Wong's death has something to do with this Datuk Hijau.

I have seen an apparition believed to be Datuk Hijau that haunts the school compound during my school days. It was an annual event of my old school to hold holiday camps during long school breaks. 

One night as I was assigned as the night watch, I saw a green figure about 8~10 feet tall. 
So, I charged to it: "Who goes there?"

The figure turned to me with a smile. It was the figure of an old man with long beard. 

I was shocked and stood dumb founded. Before long, the tall figure vanished in front of me.

My friend, Mark also has a close encounter with a black-faced datuk when he was about 15 years old:
One evening, Mark and his gang was playing in a piece of empty land in front of his house. As he was playing, he felt someone was looking at him but he couldn't find anyone around. Then Mark felt that someone was blowing air into his ears and intermittently pulling his shirt.

He felt very frightened and started to run towards his house. As Mark approached his house, he turned his head and say a black-faced old man clad in long white robe waving his hands.

Later Mark found out that it was Datuk Hitam playing pranks at him.

Another friend, James who is managing a fish farm said that he believed that a Datuk Hijau haunts his farm. 

Once he saw a green-faced old man stood by the entrance of his fish farm and then vanished. 

Later Mark asked a medium friend to call up this spirit and was told that Datuk Hijau wanted a place to 'sit'. 

Mark is a businessman, he want no trouble. So, he complied with the demand and the green-faced figure had not reappear since.

I am sure you will have more stories about datuk to tell!

Datuk Kong I (拿督公 I)

The 'datuk' here refers to a type of spirit specific to Malaysia and Singapore. There are many types of 'datuk' or 'grandfathers': the black, white, green, yellow and red. Among all those 'datuk', the 'datuk hitam' is the most feared of and the most powerful. Some say the 'green datuk' however.

These 'datuk' maybe worshiped alone or with 5 or 7 brothers. In Malaysia, You will see many red shrines outside of a Chinese house, factories,  beside crossroads, river banks or in construction sites etc.

Unlike other deities, a shrine is only built for a 'datuk' on special requests. When a 'datuk' wished to be worshiped, then it will make its intention know by appearing itself in people's dreams or actual manifestations.

For example: if a worksite has seen frequent accidents or injuries, or the work progress is slow for no apparent reasons; person in charge would employ a medium to ask for reasons. At this time, a spirit would possess the medium and identify itself as a 'datuk' who watched over that location for some years.

In order to stop all mishaps, a shrine must be built and offerings of turmeric sticky rice and curry mutton periodically.

I have some encounters with 'datuk' spirit:

When I was about 10, together with my cousins and uncles went to a small shrine in  rubber plantation at night to see some people asking for lucky numbers.

A 'tangki' (medium) was called in for the purpose. It was around midnight and after some chanting, the medium was possessed by a spirit identified itself as 'Datuk Hitam' (black grandpa).

Oddly speaking, after this Datuk Hitam has identified itself, it immediately made roaring sounds as if it was a tiger. Then someone asked: "Can Datuk Hitam gave some lucky numbers?"

Datuk HItam remained roaring for quite a while and opened its mouth: "Now I am hungry, I want to eat first! Give me some raw meat!"

Everyone looked at each other as where on earth can anyone find raw meat?

There was a long silent. The Datuk Hitam became impatient and finally it said: "If there is no meat... I will eat this medium's left hand."

As soon as Datuk Hitam finished its words, it started to chew at the medium's finger making horrible squeaking noises. Almost immediately Datuk Hitam has severed two of the medium's fingers. With its bloody mouth, Datuk Hitam said: "I have not tasted human flesh for 500 years!"

At this point, some of those on lookers rushed to the medium and pressed him onto the ground. They started to slap the medium until the Datuk Hitam which possessed his body left.

The crowd quickly dispersed and no body dares to call up Datuk Hitam at night since that incident. I don't know what had happened to that poor 'tangki' after the awful incident.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Drown Ghosts (溺死鬼)

The Chinese believed that when a person who is drowned will become a 'drown ghost'. This type of ghost is very difficult to handle as they have mass and in the body of water, its power is the greatest.

Right after the infamous South Asia Tsunami, a sorcerer friend of mine, Alan went to the Batu Ferringhi Beach to summon those drown spirits.

A few weeks later, when I was walking in a street downtown, Alan called me. I nearly couldn't recognize him. This guy's body especially the face became bloated as if a piece of bread soaked in water. I could smell the scent of sea water emitted from him too...

So we went into a coffee house to chat. According to Alan, right after the conjuration of drown ghosts; his luck turned from bad to worst. Not only that, he was also constantly having nightmare where he would dream of many people soaked in the sea crying and yearning for help.

Before we parted, Alan asked if I could help to get rid of all those spirits he entangled with. I could only shook my head as it would take a lot of time. More importantly, I didn't want to help Alan as I didn't like his idea of calling up those poor spirits.

There is one true story about 'drown ghost tutor' that was in my mind for a long time. I have almost forgotten about it until I start writing this post:

This incident happened when I was in Form 1 or so, about 13~14 years old. I was not involved directly but another girl and our math tutor, who was our senior.

At that time, my math results were always floating on borderlines. So, my pal introduced me to take up tuition under a senior whom I would just call him Nelson. 

There were about 5 people studying under Nelson. Among those students, Mary was a pretty girl whom Nelson was very much fond of. I have heard rumors about them but I just mind my own business.

One evening, I was fishing at the bank of Perak River and I saw a black shadow sitting about 50 feet away. It looked familiar to me but I kept my position as I didn't want to scare away those long awaited fish.

Then the shadow noticed me and it moved towards me. And I recognized him as Nelson, my math tutor.

Nelson gave me a nod as he approached me. I could saw that he was all wet... I started to beak ice: "Hey, Nelson! Did you swim with your clothes on?"

Nelson just smiled silently and then walked past me and into the water again.

During that night, my pal Meng rang me up with a bad news. Meng said: "Nelson has molested Mary and everyone is looking for him now!"

According to Meng, right after the afternoon tuition, Nelson gave an excuse to ask Mary to stay behind. After that he started to molest Mary but Mary ran off to inform her parents. Very quickly this has turned into a big issue in a small town...

It was believed that Nelson was quite afraid to face the consequences of what he did. He then ran out of his house and no one knows where he went..."

I immediately said to Meng: "You must be kidding! I just saw Nelson swimming in the Perak River..."

The next morning, when I was in the school, the news of Nelson was found drowned in Perak River suspected of committed suicide.

So, who or what did I see the evening before?

The story did not end there unfortunately...

About a week later, Mary started to experience 'wet' dreams. I mean wet in the sense of physical wetness. 

Mary felt that someone would press onto her body at night and that she couldn't move and fainted. When she awoke, she was soaked wet. Water even dripped down from her bed onto the floor.
Mary's parents brought her to see a medium and they were told that it was the work of the restless spirit of Nelson.

As I heard that it took quite a while to exorcise the drown ghost. Perhaps to keep away from further attack, Mary was sent to New Zealand to further her studies.

I wonder if Nelson is still 'swimming' in the river now a days?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Handling Cyber Bully (应付网络欺凌)

There were a few cases of student committed suicide by cyber bully in Malaysia. I think the cases of cyber bully is more serious elsewhere. Of course, cases of death caused by physical bully in the school are getting serious too.

As a capacity as a labelled 'master',  I was called in to investigate so-called ghost possession of youths many times only to be concluded as 'mental disturbances' due to either school related, and lately; intranet related.

If you recall that people are generally grouped into 'doer' or a 'thinker'.

If a 'doer' experienced cyber bully, he/she will tackle the person head-on and most probably forgotten about it after a while.

However, if a 'thinker' faces cyber bully, he/she would just keep what the bully said in mind for a very long time. A 'thinker' would keep thinking why the bully is so cruel towards him/her over and over again. If further stimulation are added, such as a scold by the teacher or a scorn by a friend, this person will jump over the balcony abruptly.

People who does not understand how our mind works would be surprised with such a tragic ending.

Unless the bully a person suffers from is of life threatening in nature, there is practically nothing anyone can do: the school, the parents or even friends are just too busy to bother about some minute quarrel in the intranet.

So, if you are a 'doer' or even a 'thinker', then the best way is to use Dudjom Rinpoche's method:

"We must understand that all external demons are only the manifestation of our mind. Its nature is without characteristics. In order to subdue the external demons, we must first tackle our unsettle mind.

By meditating on the syllable HUM we can subdue the internal demons reflected as the external demons."

There is a very useful technique a person can use too:

A person can imagine that all the negative energy from cyber bully is absorbed into the HUM in his/her heart. Then started to sing out loud: "HUM, HUM, HUM..." until all of the contaminated energy is gone.

I just realized from a local news report that even teachers in schools can be big bullies to the kids too... while mind training method is good, as parents; they too have a role to play over their children's safe growing.

All of a sudden, it is not so easy to be kids these days!

Banana Spirits (香蕉精)

I believe the belief of banana spirit is originated from Sichuan, China where 'musa basjoo' (芭蕉) is originated. 

In old Okinawa, Japan where banana plants were once flourished forming large piece of banana jungle; night travelers passing through this banana forest would come across this type of spirit. Having said so, the belief of banana spirit is not native to Japan.

There are stories told that when beautiful girls passing through banana plants at night, they would come across very handsome young man. These girls would then conceive and give birth to 'ghost baby'.

The locals believed that one must bring along sharp knives to protect himself/herself when passing through banana plants at night or facing the risk of being attack.

In some places in Japan, people still believe a banana plant brings bad luck and causing sickness. Some Chinese also holds the belief that banana plants attract yin-energy so they are not suitable to be planted near the house.

It is a little different with Japanese, Chinese believe that a banana spirit normally shows itself as a pretty lady enticing lustful young man to mate with it. If the spirit is satisfied, then the man can be rich with the help of this banana spirit. But the downside is that this person may die of life energy depletion over time.

There are many rituals meant to call out a banana spirit at night to ask for favours:

Folklore described that when a banana plant flowers, its bud should be tied with a piece of red string on one end, and the other end of the string is tied to the toe of the person who wishes to summon banana spirit.

It is said that a beautiful lady will come to the person and satisfy his lust.

Other ritual said that one should get a pair of iron scissors and stab the scissors into the banana trunk. Then a piece of the red string is tied to the handle while the other to the person's toe.

This later method is a more powerful way to force the spirit out. But the person must remove the scissors from the trunk after the spirit has done what is required or very bad consequences may entail.

It is also possible to ask lucky numbers from banana spirits. One only need to write a series of numbers on some small flags. Then all these flags are plugged under banana plant at night. In the next morning, the topple flags would indicate the choice of numbers given by the banana spirit.

In Vietnam, some men would look for banana plants near rivers and bring the banana plants to his house. This is known as 'marrying a banana plant'. Such action is believed to bring luck and fortune to a poor man. This man must treat this banana plant as his lawful wife.

Banana spirit is depicted as Phi Phop in Thailand and amulets of banana spirits are sold as lucky charms... The Thai banana spirits are believed to dwell in wild banana plants outside a village. You will see some sort of flower garland hung on the trunk when you visit Thai villages. Banana spirits are only revered by the Thai than having romantic thoughts however.

Of course, the level headed westerners have no such sort of fantasies as the Asian!

Phi Phop (琵琶鬼)

Phi Phop is a type of spirit that is similar to the Malay 'hantu raya' that can be captured and deployed.

Traditionally, Phi Phop is related to the 'mountain-wind' (蛊) sorcery which is similar to the Malay 'santau' incidentally speaking.

In Indochina, the 'mountain-wind' is a type of poison that can kill but in order to be effective, it must be carried by an agent. In this case; the Phi Phop.

Likewise in Malay magic, the 'santau' is transmitted through the 'hantu raya' (helper spirit).

In Thailand, Phi Phop is believed to attach itself to a wild banana plant and some Chinese believes Phi Phop to be identical to a banana spirit. But if we travel further to Indochina and Southern China, then Phi Phop is merely the spirit of deceased 'mountain-wind' sorcerer.

The appearance of Phi Phop that I know is almost similar to the 'hantu raya' but it is slimmer and more greenish in color.

I obtained my Phi Phop from a Thai sorcerer under the guidance of my Kurba Archan but I seldom evoke its service as yet.

Like the 'hantu raya', Phi Phop can be trained to unite with a practitioner's soul but in doing so, the practitioner will face the risk of becoming another Phi Phop himself/herself.

Through my experience dealing with Phi Phop, I believe that Phi Phop and the common belief banana spirit are two different entities altogether. Although at times Phi Phop can be found attached to a banana plant too.

In old Thai medicine, Phi Phop can be exorcised out from a person's body by applying chili powder into the possessed's eyes.This method however, is largely forsaken as it would bring harm to the patient as well.

Other method of curing illnesses caused by Phi Phop is through herbal medication and prayers. 

According to old scriptures, there are many types of Phi Phops in Indochina. For example the most powerful one is the 'golden silk' and other varieties are: the snake,the toad, the catfish etc.

Although the mountain-wind sorcerer is monopolized by the Indochinese minorities, some Mao Shan Taoists also perform some sort of 'mountain-wind' ritual.

I have had some opportunities to witness the making of these Taoist 'mountain-wind' variety and found that their power is far lesser than the minorities ones. 

This is because the Mao Shan people only makes 'poisons' but they didn't have the associated spirit to be the agent.

Now a days, such distinctions are not important any more because the masters of Phi Phops and the related Mao Shan practitioners are very hard to come by practically speaking.

Thou Shall Not Tell Lie (不狂言)

'Thou shall not tell lie' is one of 5 precepts of Buddhist. But Mahayana Buddhist sutras especially the trantric scripture are full of excessive 'exaggerations'. For example most of Buddhist sutra opening would sound something like this:

"At one time, the Buddha was preaching on the mountain top with hundred thousands of monks and gods and demons..."

Hidden within those sutras would be rituals that can do almost anything even to defend enemies from invading a country:

"Recite mantra 100,000 times and burn specific woods for 100,000 and then blow a breath at the enemy direction, the enemy would be defeated automatically..."

Were the above description true as mentioned? The history has the answer for us.

The fact is that those ancient Buddhist kingdoms in India that followed the above doctrine and ritual faithfully were wiped out by other invaders from outside India for good...

If we turn to examine Tantric Buddhism and have another look:

"The dharma protector torma (ritual cake) is very powerful... if it is thrown at the enemy, it will destroy all demons and enemies..."

Can a ritual cake made of flour blow out enemy? 

This is a political and religiously sensitive question, so I would let you look into the history of Tibet proper. History cannot tell lie of course.

Buddhism has gone a long way from India to China and Southeast Asia. Many schools of different views were formed and destroyed. The Buddhism we see today is not the same as the Buddhism preached by the Buddha. Except for 'namo buddhaya' in tantric ritual, we can hardly see traces of the original teaching of Buddha.

Many schools have evolved to be charity organisations now a days..

Think if you will, but please 'do not tell lie'...

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Doer Vs Thinker (行动家与思想家)

Are you a doer or a thinker?

This is perhaps a stupid question but this will explain why one word from cyber bully can cause an outstanding student with bright future to commit suicide.

If you want to know the answer, then ask someone to say: "Jump!"

A 'doer' will just jump.

However, a 'thinker' will just stand quietly. Why? Because 'doer' is waiting for more information such as 'how high' or 'when'. 

Since majority of the people out there belongs to 'doer' category, a 'thinker' always seem to be a slower or stupid person.

There is no good or bad:

Though a 'doer' do things faster and has a faster lead, if he/she does not learn in life; this doer will fall behind over time.

Although a 'thinker' has a slower start, after he/she gained enough life experience; then this thinker will lead a much stable life than a 'doer'.

A 'doer' is more ruthless and insensitive to the outside world. Hence he/she is more likely to do well in society.

On the other hand, a 'thinker' will tend to involve in 'self-talk' which is a type of self questioning and answering action that repeated for a long time. At this point, if someone just say to a thinker: "Go to hell!"; this thinker is more likely to suffer mental depression or commit suicide.

So, it is my hope that every parents understand the character of their children clearly so that proper advices can be given when needed.

My purpose is to let you understand why you behave as such and that you can appreciate that everyone is unique and different.

Please don't call people 'stupid' if they seemed slow next time. It is just how their brain work!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Black Magic N Cyber Bully

After I start blog writing, I realized something called 'cyber bully'.

Later I realized black magic don't work, but cyber bully does.

When I start writing Thai magic, someone cautioned me not to fool with magic or else I could be blown out by POWERFUL black magician...

When I stopped writing blog to tackle my lady friend, the rumors continued to say that I was probably blown out by black magic...

I wonder what would those folks say next?

If black magic does work:

1. I would be blown into pieces and cast to hell by now.
2. The world would have been ruled by black magicians.
3. Those leaders we like to hate would not be so at ease.
4. Those forum members would not want to spread gossips within their circles...
5. Your wife would not be your wife at the first place...
6. Your boss would already be killed by those flying needles...
7. All of hard labours would be done by ghosts as they are free...
8. All banks would be empty by now...

So, I leave it to your own judgement to determine if black magic really works.

For those forum members who still throwing black magic at Mr. Liew, please continue to do so but please don't become cyber bully. If black magicians turn cyber bullies, then those folks had become the disgrace of black magic community.

The only conclusion I can make at this point is that the power of black magic lies on cyber bully... *SIGH*

Mental Depression (精神郁郁症)

In my observations and experience in fieldwork, mental depression is the most misunderstood and mistreated mental illness in our modern time. Both educated and uneducated folks of all ages will suffer mental depression at one time or another.

Sadly in Asia, mental depression is normally treated as spirit possession and many tragedies resulted consequently. It is very difficult for me to tell parents that their child is not possessed but suffering mental depression. To the majority of Chinese community for example, mental depression equals to 'siao' (crazy) and this brings disgraces to the family.

It is rather the case that their child is possessed and be cured by a spirit medium even that this child must have intimate relationships with the said medium. Many cases I have seen that the child I was supposed to cure has actually became somehow insane after rounds of sexual assaults and harassment under the 'permissions' of his/her parents.

My pal's mother was perfectly healthy before 65 years old when working. He thought that his mother was too old to work, so he forbade his old mother to perform any duties until so much so that the old lady suffered serious mental depressions and jumped down from her flat.

Luckily that the old lady survived with broken bones and until today, she is still under medication. As to my pal, he had to watch over and take care of his mother around the clock.

Since mental depressed patients can do all sorts of behaviors that are not their normal selves such as committing suicides, injuring their love ones, throwing babies from windows etc.. people think that they are possessed by evil spirits. Having said so, it is normally too late to do anything to save lives.
There are many tell tale signs that one can pick up if he/she cares of course:

1. The eyes of a possessed person is glassy and dumb, while the eyes of a mental depressed person is very lively. At an angle, the sights of a mental depressed person looks somehow sinister. You will get a message: "I will get you!"

Before my pal's mother jumped down from her flat, he told his mother to 'chap sang' meaning watch your life and the old lady gave him a sort of cheeky look that I felt a sudden shiver. The hidden message was: "I want you to see what I will do..."

2. A possessed person is normally drowsy and sleepy and lethargic, on the other hand, a mentally depressed one would behave more vigorous than the ordinary as they gather their energy to do a 'big' thing.

3. A possessed person would not think or do things that would hurt himself/herself. Just think for a while why does a ghost want to destroy a new house it has gained? So when a person talked about death, injuries, useless, pains etc. pessimistic issues; it is of his/her own will and not of the 'ghost'.
The best way to cure mental depressions is to prevent it from becoming serious. Bear in mind that everyone will have some sort of mental depression or another at any point in time.

There are some DIY points that I found effective at the initial stage:

1. Change your life style.
2. Pick up a hobby.
3. Find someone to talk to. This can be difficult as not many people you can talk to is a kind person. Many conman would take this opportunity to fish your money. Actually, to old folks, the best persons for them to talk to are their children.

I have spent much time with those people who thought to be possessed but later found that there were actually suffering mental depressions. Sadly speaking, not many people can be helped or willing to be helped. Helping the mental depressed requires resources that is beyond my ability.

The Ecstasy Pills Vs Spirit Possession

The side effects of consuming ecstasy pills (including  alcohol) need not be mentioned here and such information are available in the intranet and elsewhere. But for anyone who claims himself/herself as an exorcist, then it is worthwhile to take note of some physical symptoms of ecstasy pills so that unforeseen incidents would no be fallen onto both the exorcist and the person in ecstasy.

It is quite easy to identify the look of a person in ecstasy as he/she would just repeat an action repeatedly indulging with himself/herself. The action can be either mild or violent ranging from shaking of heads or running around.

There were many reports in the past that people fell to their death after consuming ecstasy pills from their apartment in Penang and KL. Since these folks may be violent provoked or unprovoked, it is just best to stay away from them unless you are trained to handle abrupt situations.

It is quite easy to see people in ecstasy or more commonly drunk after midnight hours especially around 2am to 4am in downtown areas. The drunk can be quickly identified because of thick alcohol scent attached with them. The ecstasy ones would act as if someone who are insane and they could probably perform some simple and repetitive actions on the street.

Once my pal and I exited a bar in downtown Penang a few hours after midnight and as we walked towards our hotel, we saw a gentleman who were doing a sort of repetitive odd movements in the middle of the road. The person kept swing his right fist in a circular motion as we observed.

Since the gentleman was standing in the middle of the road, we were a little concern about his safety though the street was practically empty then.

"May I know what are you doing, sir?" My pal asked.

"Can't you see? I am fishing" The person answered.

We were a little baffled by his answer. So I said to him: "Why do you fish in the middle of the ocean? The seashore is over that side?"

The man stopped his action and pondered for a while and then nodded his head: "So it is."

It was to our surprised to that the person started to reverse himself to the roadside and repeated his 'fishing' motion again.

Of course, in fieldwork, a person believed to be possessed and a person in ecstasy can be 
differentiated by the fact that the person in ecstasy is aware of his surroundings but the one possessed (if and only if it is true) could not. 

There are many tell tale signs that an experienced social workers or psychologists shall know. It is difficult to described with just a few words as the matter of fact.

The House Of Affair (外遇之屋)

To the uninitiated, all houses look the same; not so in the eyes of a Feng Shui master. I will skip the theories as I want to tell you this story:

My friends, Eric and Jess are married couple that almost got divorced after moving to their new house two years ago. Luckily the culprit was found right before their divorce case was filed.

The couple bought a second hand house somewhere around Greenlane and I used to pay them a visit during the weekend.

During one of my visits, I found the house atmosphere wasn't quite right; something fishy was in the midst of the air. The facial expressions of Eric and Jess were grim, they were not smiling to say the least.

I tried to break the ice but since I felt that I was talking to a wall, I decided to excuse myself. Just as when I stood up from the sofa, Eric broke the silence:

"Sorry, Liew. It's not about you. Jess and I were having a fight over suspicion of affairs..."

I halted and stood dumb founded in the living room didn't know how to react. Then Jess continued: "When I returned from my work one evening, after I parked my car; I walked pass our bedroom window. There I saw the silhouette of a lady combing her hair in front of the makeup mirror.

I immediately rushed into the master room and only found Eric sleeping in the bed. After searching around, no lady was found. I thought I had been working too hard and dismiss it as my own hallucination.

Then a few weeks later, I found my newly brought makeup items were scattered on the makeup table. So, I demanded an explanation from Eric but he put the blame on me as not doing my own housekeeping.

Naturally, two incidents are no coincidence to me and I started a quarrel. After some hostility, we decided to settle down as both of us were tired.

Then one day, my 7 year old son rushed into the kitchen and screamed: "Mummy, I saw a naked lady in the bathroom..."

That has really done it! I took my smartphone and rushed into the bathroom in the hope to catch a photo of this culprit. But there were no one in the bathroom...

Naturally after one quarrel following another, none of us are having any good manners."

After Jest blasted what were hiding in her stomach, surprisingly speaking; the atmosphere become comer.

I asked permission to walk around the house and finally came to a conclusion: "The house must be haunted!"

"The culprit should be a dark complexion young female started to make her appearance between 5pm to 7pm."

Jess jumped out from her couch and screamed: "How do you know?"

"Simple. It is just I-Ching." I replied.

"What can we do?" Eric asked.

"Simple. Switch on the bedroom light after 4pm until daybreak until September is over. That's all you must do."

Eric nodded and said: "Well, no harm trying as no cost involved."

I met the couple in December that year and apparently, Jess has not seen the ghost again once the light is kept on.

There are many things we can learn from the old knowledge of our ancestors I supposed.

Hantu Raya

'Hantu raya' is a Malay term for 'great spirit' literarily speaking. But since the greatest spirit is God, I would just call it a wandering spirit.

If you can see it, it is about 10~12 feet tall and its body is covered with black hair from top to bottom. This is another class of spirit I think as ordinary spirits are much smaller in sizes. A Hantu Raya was old bomohs' best assistant in bygone days.

When I was still small, once I accompanied my pa to my uncle's durian plantation. The plantation was located at the edge of a maiden jungle; and there is a river running by the plantation.

It was about dusk, my pa and I were sitting in a hut built for my uncle to watch over his durians during durian seasons so that no one could steal them. 

As we were chatting, suddenly my pa raised his right index finger near his lips indicating me to keep silent: "Shhh... "

I felt strange but complied. Then pa pointed his finger at the river bank.

There I saw a huge long-haired figure stood by a boulder at the river bank. The figure seemingly looked at a distance across the river. After a while, it started to cross the river and vanished in the jungle.

My pa then said that it was the notorious 'hantu raya' waiting to be fed by its master but the master didn't keep his/her promise that time.

That was the first time I saw this spirit.

Then, during the final year of my secondary school, one of my Malay friend said he has inhereted a heirloom hantu raya. He used to show off his power in front of me by making friends with girls easily. To my astonishment, this guy was able to fish just about any girl to go out with him.

One day, I saw a strange huge creature following my pal's back. It looked like his shadow from afar.
So, I pulled him aside asked him what I saw. He confirmed that was his 'pet'.

Later, I got my own hantu raya which assisted me in herbs collection. It normally stay invisible but when I was lazy to give offering, this hantu raya would show its ugly face in my dreams asking for food offerings.

This hantu raya did gave my colleague, Jason a scare in Austria.

Me and my colleague was staying in a same hotel. One night, when Jason passed by my room and he heard I was talking in the phone. So, he decided to go to the lobby to watch TV and wait for me to come down.

As soon as Jason arrived at the lobby, I was already waiting for him grumbling the he was late again. 

Jason's face immediately turned pale and he pulled me aside and asked: "Who was that in your room?"

I only smiled and said: "Oh, I can see that you are already drunk before our pub hopping tonight!"

After I practised Dorje Dorlo sadhana, the hantu raya never appear in front of me again. Of course, I have no intention to invoke it now or in future.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Putting Thai Magic Into Correct Perspective

On the surface, people in Singapore and Malaysia only thinks tattoo, love magic and amulets represent the actual practice of Thai magic. This is indeed a misconception and I can only try to put the authentic Thai magic into correct perspective.

Overall, Thai magic has a relatively tight structure to follow and according to various fields of study: herbalist, tattoo, arts, martial arts, culinary or even education. It is quite impossible to go into details of individual fields, since I was trained as a herbalist; I would just explore into Thai magic in herbalist.

Whatever school of magic one follows, the first ritual would be the 'wai kru' or the teacher's ritual. There are major invocation of teachers of the lineage and daily ritual opening prayers to the lineage teachers and spirits.

A prospective herbalist must also recites mantras to empower all his/her herbs so that their healing properties can be increased. After that he/she must also recites mantras for curing various injuries or illnesses so that all can be learnt by heart.

In traditional Thai medicine, 'kata' or 'mantras' are used in treating illnesses, massaging or applying medicines.

After the general morning ritual, an apprentice must go into the herbs garden or forest to collect herbs. There are about 100 to 200 types of herbs listed according of four elements: earth, air, fire and water. These herbs are combined to cure diseases caused by those four elements.

Other than mantras and rituals for herbs, a traditional Thai herbalists must also learn to control wild animals or treat poisonous animal and insect bites. In that he/she would also need the help of mountainous spirits as a servitor spirits.

The main functions of this servitor spirits is to protect the herbalist and also to guide him/her in finding the required herbs.

At times, a Thai herbalist must go into the forest to meditate in order to find new healing knowledge from the spiritual world. The mysterious 'lek lai' (molten iron) is just one of those discoveries by previous hermits but the usage was blown to sky high by Singaporean and Malaysian in the 90's.

The so-called 'corpse oil' is one of ingredients in traditional Thai and also Tibetan medicine. There is no record in saying that such oil can be used in love magic proper.

I only came to know about Kumanthongs, Phra Ngans and other gods and goddesses after the fact. Traditionally, an herbalist only worships Lersis and the Buddha and nothing else. The traditional altar is very simple. You will be able to see very simple altars in areas around Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand now days still.

Perhaps after reading this posting, Thai magic has become very unfamiliar to you?