Indochina traditionally refers to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. These countries were heavily influenced by India and China. We already have had a very detailed look at the magic practices of South East Asia. Now let us zoom out a litter into a larger region of Indochina.
Basically there are two major streams of magic in Indochina:
- The betel leaf stream exhibits Hindu influence
- Cambodia, Loas, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia Peninsula
- Thai with Thai magic
- Malaysian with Malay magic
- Cambodian, Laos and Myanmar minority hill tribe with each very distinct tribal magic rituals
- Vietnam, Yunnan (China)
- Miao and Yao minorities are heavily influenced by Taoist magic
- The Dai ethnic has the same believe as the Thai.
First, some rituals from the betel leaf system:
- For making your boss mad until dead:
- Write his name on a piece of copper plate then tie the plate to a river fish's tail. Let the fish back into the river. As the copper plate twist and turn with the struggling of the fish, your boss will suffer palpitation days and nights and become crazy. If the fish dies, the your boss dies as well. Unless you can catch hold of the fish, there is no cure.
- Put your magic knife or spear into a pool of water then perform incantation until it turns into a fish, and if you see the water has turned red into blood, then your boss will be choked to dead by his own blood.
- Make a doll of your boss, put it into a small coffin and a coffin nail ontop of the doll. Then bury the small coffin with a simple ritual at an evil place. Your boss will suffer from extreme black luck or even death. The only remedy is to uncover the small coffin and remove the coffin nail.
- Chop down a black dog's head, a black cock's head etc. Write your boss's name on a piece of paper then insert the paper into the animal's mouth. Bury the animal head at an evil place and watch the show.
- Prepare 5 types of insects and animals: snakes, centepedes, spiders, scropions and lizards into a ceremic urn and seal it with a piece of yellow paper. Bury the urn beside a crossroad. After 49 days if the seal is broken then the ritual has failed otherwise, bring back the urn and hide it under the bed. It must be offered with tea and incense every morning and evening. Take some of the incense ash and give it to your boss. After a while your boss will be intoxicated and his soul will do what is told by you.
- The Dai folks believe the practitioner of Indochinese Santau to be Phi Pop. We already have some discussions regarding Phi Pop before.
And some of the rituals from non-betel leaf system from Yao and Miao Taoist magic in Vietnam:
Enough with just a few examples.
So folks, I welcome you to the greater world of Indochinese magic.