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Friday, October 5, 2012
Magic Iron: Call It By Any Other Name
Iron is one
of the seven elements existed naturally. It is known as the most abundant metal
on earth. Iron is resistant to heat, against weathered, strong and flexible and
it is definitely the man’s best friend. The main use of iron in magic is to
control spirits. Below are iron found in various forms across Southeast Asia:
Meteorite Iron (Tibet, SEA)
is used in many cultures to make sacred weapons: Tibetan used it to construct
phurpa and sacred sword, the Malay and Java people also make use of the
meteorite to make kerises. Weapons made from meteorite iron are believed to be
most effective in subduing demonic forces.
Lek Namphee (Thai)
It is said
to be a miracle mineral that was found only in Thong Saeng Kaan district,
Uttaradit province (7 hours north of Bangkok).
believe that “Lek Namphee” is a sacred substance and only used for making
sacred weapons. It is also said that “Lek Namphee” has a supernatural power of
making the owner to be invulnerable to weapons, black magic and disasters. Most
of Thai’s great warrior and king owned one of the sacred sword made of Lek
Lek Lai (Thai)
need no further introduction. This type of material is said to give the keeper
invulnerability of fire arms, anti black magic and protection from harms.
Besi Kuning (Indonesia, Malaysia)
This is a
type of rare iron. It is said that this type of iron can be found in old
beehive on the mountain. Besi Kuning is hid in certain spots in the beehive in small
petrified cocoon. There is a needle hole in the cocoon that contains a pair of
of Besi Kuning is believed to give its owner invulnerability of weapons and
feared by others. The owner is said to be able to possess supernatural powers.
Some people said the famous Keris Taming Sari was made by Besi Kuning plus
other 6 types of irons.
Besi Kursani (Indonesia)
Kursani is said to be the strongest natural iron existed. It is said that Besi
Kursani is mined from the earth crust in Java. According to narrations of old folks,
Besi Kursani also can be found in human body. The benefits of Besi Kursani are:
good sales, increase attractiveness and invulnerability to weapons. It was a
norm to mix some of the Besi Kursani in making selected keris.
Keris Iron (SEA)
ingredient of keris iron is a mixture of iron and meteorite iron; also together
with other forms of iron such as besi kuning etc.
It was said
that the first Islamic King of Brunei, Awang Alak Betatar or Sultan Mohammad
Syah was once to Kinabalu Mount to hunt for a golden horn seladang (Asian Gaur)
that had repeatedly destroyed His Majesty’s ginger plantation. During the hunt,
His Majesty accidently found a piece of black iron meteorite.
So the meteorite
was forged into two long black swords. According to available sources, during
the reign of Awang Alak Betatar on to the Barunah Kingdom, His Majesty kept a
sword to himself, while the other sword to prince Sultan Awang Koyoh.
Tahi Besi (Malaysia)
is the remainder of the iron smelting process or the debris from sawing iron.
Some people said it is the iron oxide (rust).
The use of
thai besi are normally to curse people. Black magicians are fond of using tahi
besi to enchant their victims, to destroy one’s business (by burying the tahi
besi in the business compound) or to divorce a family (by burying the tahi besi
into the house compound). According to the old belief, whoever steps over the
buried tahi besi will have no offspring.
so, tahi besi also said to possess the power to make its owner invisible to his
enemy. It can also sharpen its owner’s sixth senses.
ghost is said to be afraid of tahi besi. For the uninitiated, a Pelesit is a
spirit looks like an extremely ugly old lady with long white hair. It walks
like a walrus and rides on a grasshopper. This special grasshopper has a red
mark on its head, on plucking its head; you will find a very fine piece of
What do you think friends? To me iron is just iron, call it by any other name, it is just iron.