Magic SEA Underground targets to be a catchall for all popular magic rituals across the Southeast Asia regions. Most of the introductory materials are copied from the intranet just to make a point, or translated into English and provided as it is under one roof to ease your reading. This blog materials are for light reading purpose only. By 'underground' means this is a black box blog, no references to original sources will be provided.
magic is very much influenced by Mahayana Buddhism especially the Pure Land School
(凈土宗) and Taoist magic such as the Lo Pan (魯班) magic but with quite a different flavor.
Traces of Buddhism
Many of the
incantations started with prostration to the Bodhisattva (菩薩):
Nam mô phật mẹ quan âm
bồ tát Prostration to the Goddess of Mercy
further added to another prostration to Amitabah Buddhaya:
Nam mô a di đà phật Prostration to Amitabah Buddhaya (南摩啊彌陀佛
The 'nam mo' here is often used in Buddhism and Hinduism as prostration.
is the A Di Da Phat Yant:
Traces of Taoism
used in Vietnamese magic shows traces of Chinese Han characters and the formats
are almost similar to the traditional Chinese Taoist talismans. The below
example tell it all:
The above meaning translated roughly as:
"Ordering the mountain god to bind and kill ghosts"
From just a
few samples, it is evident that elements of Buddhism and Taoism present in
standard Vietnamese magic. Other influences such as Hindu and Thai may
be present if we are to carry out further investigations.
First, this is a blog of Magic but since many people expressed
their views on doubting our standard Buddhist doctrines. Below is one of the
mails I received, please read with open mind and surely there is something
wrong with either the doctrine itself; or on how the religion is transmitted to
“I came to know a
famous medium in US by name George Anderson. His background was Christian but
neither fanatic nor religious. He is very honest to say souls in the afterlife
told him no such mighty spiritual being as God to judge our sin as we crossed
over. Our subconscious mind registers our every act, guilt and other emotional
imbalance cause us to choose rebirth to “repay” whom we are indebted. Hell or
heaven is only creation of our mind. If you are bad to a person, it attracts
bad circumstance back to us as punishment. Again what he said was very honest
and non religious (but very close to Buddhist ). George Anderson clearly states
that none of the religions is perfect, just as lessons in our spiritual
I read a booklet about
Buddhism by chance at a local temple. It says hell or heaven only exists in our
mind. Punishment like soaking in the boiling oil is an educational tale only.
Whatever bad things we do to others, will definitely be suffered by ourselves
on earth as well, if not this lifetime, then future lifetime. This educational
tale is very misleading, till I found out the truth by myself.
teachings were passed down orally, and later written on a special kind of dried
leaves. Followed by scripted on papers as a book.
I really doubt about
the true meaning of “not to kill life” in Buddhism. For example, I have to kill
virus in order to save from certain disease, otherwise, “death sentence” keeps
awaited for me .
Cleve Blaster ( Baxter
) was an American scientist who invented lie detector known as polygraph in
1960s. He passed on in the middle of this year.
Polygraph can pick up
true emotions of a person who is lying. He had experiment on plants as well
including the below:
a ) His potted
vegetable felt worried and panic, and transmitted its feelings to other potted
vegetable around before he walked in with an intention on mind- “I will cook
this vegetable today”
b) A potato felt
fainted even he just planned to cook it.
Don’t you see that
plants too, are struggling badly before dying. We do kill lives even we are a
I don’t think reborn
as an animal is always to be considered as negative karmic sufferings. A clear
ironic example is Panda, with reputation and luxuries considerable to a movies
Seriously, I disagree with
few parts of Buddhist teachings. After all, Buddhism is still my first choice
due to its openness.”
I supposed that Buddhism has come a long way. The above
passage refers to the ‘Northern Tradition’ or Mahayana Buddhism. The Mahayana
Buddhism has gone a long way and experienced major content changes compared to
the Theravada Buddhism.
Traditionally the Mahayana or Sino-Buddhism has the patron of
Chinese emperors since Northern Wei Dynasty (北魏) 386-534AD.
Being a royal religion, Buddhist monasteries are awarded with lands and slaves
to work for the Buddhist monks. When conditions are hard, these slaves revolted
and form their own secret societies under the disguise of Buddhism and Taoism,
the scholar named these societies ‘the secret folk cult’ (民間秘密教門).
Some of these cults that existed until today are ‘the cult of white lotus’ (白蓮教)
and ‘Yi-Kuan-Dao’ (一貫道). It is not surprising that good folks
can get confused with one of these cults with orthodox Buddhism.
The original Buddhist activities in China didn’t involve
rituals or chanting, but only translation and teaching of Buddhist canons. Without
referring in detail into actual history, Chinese emperors added many rituals
and then followed by officials, monks and scholars and hence give forth the
Sino-Buddhism that we have today.
For a more faithful study of the actual Buddhist canon, one
has to refer to the Theravada Buddhism, i.e. the one now active in Sri Langka,
Burma and Thailand.
I think ‘not eating’ meat is very much circumstantial as
Tibetan monks do eat meat and Thai monks is allowed to consume meat as they
cannot refuse whatever is offered to them. Then and again, the folk cults also
encourages non-meat diet.
The view on animals is quite interesting. The reason the
Buddha insisted that only the rebirth as a human is of best choice is that,
only human understands Buddhism; not the animals and that was about 2000 years
All in all, some confusion and misconceptions can arise due
to the improper interpretation of religious canons; this is not limited to
Buddhism specifically. Cunning folks intentionally deviate from such doctrines
to serve their own purposes; the Chinese emperors are just one example so to
spend a large portion of our savings on modern medical examinations and our
health is indicated by various Key Performance Indexes (KPI). But can all these
KPIs correctly reflect our body health? My late father had excellent medical
reports but none of those tests showed he suffered from pancreas cancer until
it was already too late.
I don’t go for a medical examination unnecessarily for obvious reasons. So, how
do we care for our body and souls? This topic would leads to ‘spiritual hygiene’
and spiritual hygiene is extremely important especially for those healers;
spiritual or physical. If you belong to those folks who need to have physical
contact with general public, then spiritual hygiene is not a topic to overlook.
going into further discussion, let us set some definitions so that we will be
What is spiritual hygiene?
hygiene refers to one’s aura or energy field is free from spirit parasites and
with minimum dark spots.
How do the spirits affect us spiritually and
once attached to our aura will venture into our body and finally reside in our
internal organs. These parasites feed on our energy, if they attached
themselves to our kidneys; they will cause kidney problems. Once our energy is
being robed, we feel agitated and our emotion becomes unstable. The spirits
will also cause us to get hurt in car or fire accidents as our judgments may be
dulled. There are suggestions that addictions may also be the work of spirits.
What are steps in maintaining spiritual hygiene?
are as follows:
We can run
a simple scan about ourselves:
the end of a day, lay down face up and start scanning our body from head to
our feelings: are we feeling particularly sad or are there any special
we feeling particularly tired that day?
certain part of our body giving a sudden pain?
many methods to clean aura:
Golden Dawn method:
middle pillar exercise
offering, fire offering, water offering etc.
§Breathe in from all body pores,
breath out from all body pores expelling all negative entities.
flat face up on the floor for 10 minutes.
both hands to and fro for 100 times.
our backs onto a wall 10~20 times.
both palms onto the floor.
a clean and healthy tree.
or be seated, start scanning our auras.
energy to the weaker or darker portion of our aura.
our spiritual guides to help.
at least once a month; dip ourselves in a stream, lake, sea etc.
a candle on our ancestors’ altar and ask our ancestors to protect.
other lineage or religious specific rituals.
living or working environment should be airy, bright and clean. Dispose of all
only one altar and avoid mix-mode belief systems: Thai, Tao, Tibetan, Hindu,
Voodoo, Wiccan etc. One system mastered is better than 10 systems mixed
It is our
own responsibilities to maintain our own spiritual hygiene. Visitations to
temples or spirit mediums cannot help us; nor can a psychologist or medical
doctor be helpful in this case. As spiritual beings, we ought to understand
ourselves more than the outsiders.
Blood lily is used in Vietnamese Malai Ngai practices
Penanggal’ is an all time favorite to talk about in Southeast Asia. It is a
half human and half spiritual creature. In certain places in Malaysia it is
known as ‘Penanggalan’ or ‘Menananggal’. It is known as ‘Balan-balan’ or ‘Berbalan’
in Sabah. However, Penanggal is known as ‘Tenggelung’ in Kedah. In the neighboring
Thailand, this spirit is called ‘Phi Phop’ while in Vietnam it is called ‘Malai
Ngai’. I suspect that the Vietnamese word ‘Malai’ refers to ‘Malay’.
It is said
that when a Penanggal is flying at night, it looks like a pile of fiery rope
that floats in smoke. This spirit can be seen during a full moon night flying
across coconut trees while searching for its victims: women just gave birth.
believe that thorny plants or items can ward off the visitation of this
Penanggal because thorns will cause the intestines to be entangled and hence
this spirit will not be able to release itself. The most popular talisman used
by the locals would be Pokok Mengkuang.
Penanggal has consumed blood from its victim, its color turns to yellowish
under the full moon light. Penanggal will produce noises similar to the
chuckles of a lady and its abdominal vines will have white glow during flight.
A Penanggal uses its intestines to immobilize and suffocate its victims. It is
said that a Penanggal can sneak through door seams and it also fond of waiting
on top of house roof waiting to ambush its victims should they came out of the
blood from childbirth and menstruation blood are said to be the favorite of
Penanggal. Hence, the victim normally died from excessive loss. The sure sign
of Penanggal attack is the bruise mark similar to that of love bites.
It is commonly
believed that a Penanggal originates from a witch. The purpose of mastering
this art is for power, revenge and protections. Practitioner of this art must
keep a large quantity of vinegar so that the internal organs can contract and
ease them from reentry. Because of vinegar, when a Penanggal is a ‘normal human’;
the smell of vinegar emits from her body.
always advice the young not to leave clothes hanging overnight as blood drop
from intestine of a Penanggal is said to be poisonous. This blood can cause
scabies when in contact with human body. The blood can also produce a type of
creeping and thorny plants. Hence it is very easy to trace the whereabouts of a
Penanggal practitioner: just follow the trail of the creeping plant.
sees a Penanggal must shout ‘Penanggal’ as loud as possible because this will
make the Penanggal to explode or to force it to return to its home. If anyone
desires to call upon a Penanggal, he or she only needs to put a dead frog into
a emptied coconut shell and strike the coconut shell repeatedly.
all other black magic, if a practitioner fails to pass down her Penanggal to
another person, this Penanggal will go wild and disturb innocent folks in the vicinity.
A friend of mine told me that there is a distinction between a ‘Penanggal’ and ‘Menanggal’.
Legend has it that a Menanggal also originated from a witch. This witch will apply
a type of oil onto her body while reciting certain mantras to enable batlike
wings to produce and her body to be separated at her waist level.
practice of Thai Phi Phop will achieve similar results and the practitioner is
said to be able to live until the end of the time by drinking lime juice and
chanting mantras for 3 years. On the other hand, the Vietnamese Malai Ngai is
mainly meant to harm and it is very difficult to control and feeds on animal
intestines and eggs.
My friend Mr. Wong from
Pahang and his beloved brother are tormented by flood. He sent me this
On Monday night I was told by my brother in
Kuantan that electricity supply just recovered on 7.30 Pm in his area, but
water supply still out. Front of his house was flooded up to one foot.
Meanwhile, our transportation by main road
was blocked by flooded traffic. All transportations to east coast were blocked
out, including no vegetable supplies to our area. I was able to buy a small
quantity of vegetable from local supermarket yesterday and today. Serious flood
in Kuantan happened in the beginning of January, followed by December this
year. We have two floods in Kuantan- beginning and the end of this year.
Kuantan is the highest developed state in
East Coast, but very poor in drainage system just like KL. Natural disaster in
Philippine has a great deal to do with global warming, as discussed by
political leaders.I can see that not
many are willing to learn that nature is to be respected, not for greedy
exploitation. I hope our government is aware of the potential danger of
destructive industrial projects, and learn a lesson from passed thoughtless
acts. After all, we all sooner or later would suffer from the boomerang effects
of the so-called “development or investment” of harmful projects that banned in
I believe that the flood condition turns even
worse from year to year, if thoughtlessness of mankind remains unchanged.
There is not much I can say
but to ask all of us to pray for the wellbeing of ourselves and our love ones
wherever we are. So I copied the below simple hymn from my prayer book, you may
use your own versions:
Hymn For The Removal Of Disasters & Increasing Prosperity
Let’s hope this world and hence all nations,
Be free from even hearing the terms of famine
Let’s hope our prosperity and merit continue
Let’s hope we all be prosperous and solemnly
accomplish our religious duties
would certainly scare a living daylight from most of our decent folks out there.
Then and again, if you are one of those weirdoes like me who conjures for a
living or hobby, then you probably have tried many methods to conjure spirits;
for fun or otherwise.
method can be used to transfer any amount of spirits that may possess an object
to another object, be it: an old tree, an heirloom ring, stone, old furniture
or even an old building. Let’s just say that we have chosen the spirits that
have resided in an old cave for this exercise.
It is best
to have some companions before venturing into a forest as the danger is not
only spiritual but also physical. Now we must have some objects for the spirit
to reside, i.e. a ring, a doll or a pendent. We should prepare some rice grain
mixed with sea salt for protection. To cut long story short, now we are in the
cave and we have found a corner that is suitable to perform the spirit
step is to sit or stand facing the corner holding the ring in our right palm
while extending our left palm facing outwards. Try to strike a contact with the
spirits by feeling the surrounding with our left palms. There would be a few
left palms feel warm and hot, we are in control and the spirits are willing to
work with us. We may proceed to call the spirit.
left palms feel cold and numb, we are weaker than the spirits and they are
feeding on our energy. We should stop our ritual and go home.
feel dizzy, tremble or hearing high pitch sound. The spirits are trying to
intrude into our aura. If this happens, grab some of the salt-rice mixture and
throw around the area. This will neutralize any negative energy.
When we feel
that we are in control, we need only channel the spirits to enter our left palm
and then move them into the ring in our right palm. That is all to it! After
that, we may put the ring in front of us and observe the spirits with our mind
and we will definitely see an image of this spirit. It would certainly be a
plus if we have psychic eyes.
I have been
using this method in space cleaning ritual on and off to help clearing haunted
houses and have not many problems so far. However, I can’t speak on behalf of
those who have other intentions. One thing for sure: Not everyone has the same
capability and not all spirits are created the same! Try only if you dare
To many practitioners, the
teaching of Dzongchen is touted as the pinnacle of the nine yanas (九乘之巔). Within this teaching,
the ‘trikaya’ or ‘three bodies’ is an important concept that must be
appreciated before moving to a deeper level. Major part of Dzonghen circles
around the concept of ‘self liberation’ (自解脫), so the transformation
and relationships of these three bodies must be comprehended before one is even
talking about venturing into further ritual practices.
Below is a section taken
from ‘the prayer of trikaya guru yoga’ (三身上師瑜伽祈愿):
"Without understanding that the trikaya of our
mind is indifferent,
Still grasping to the ignorance of our
trouble minds and our imperfect knowledge;
Pity to these ignorant sentient beings,
Wish that we can achieve the accomplishment
So what are
this ‘trikaya’ in the simplest terms?
Dharmakaya, or Dharma-body.法身
oWe are in Dharmakaya when we are in meditation or
Sambhogakaya, or Enjoyment-body,報身
oWe are in Sambhogakaya when we are enjoying or
Nirmanakaya, or Transformation-body,化身
oWe are in a series of thought creation: happy, sad,
angry, bewilderment, doubt etc.
For ordinary human theses
three bodies switch back and forth: Dharmakaya, Sambhogakaya and Nirmanakaya.
If however, these switching of various stage of mind ceased; then we are said
to be ‘self liberated’ (自解脫). There is no need to beg for the Lord Buddha, divine power of any
sorts to liberate any individual, simply by ‘understanding’ these basic
concepts one can be freed from karmic bondage.
Now, don’t you think that
Dzongchen is not so difficult after all?