Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Marrying To A Banana Spirit

Photo from Cambodian Ghost Banana Tree movie.
This is a ritual narrated to me by a friend from Vietnam.


Banana spirit is known to exist in many Southeast Asian cultures. In Thai magic, it is known as Phi Phop and it is believed that Phi Phop can bestow the practitioner with fortune and magical power. The Chinese also has a set of ritual meant to get fun with the banana spirit or ask for favor. Below ritual is somehow new to me. So I just described as it is and hopefully to draw more elaboration from the wise.


The main purpose for carrying out this ritual is to achieve invulnerability and good life. The prerequisite is that you must first be a single person and once you are married to a banana spirit, you can never marry again. If you break this taboo, then you will have to bear for the consequences.


First, you must prepare a banana plant. Then you must take care of it carefully every day: water it, talk to it and even sleep with it. The idea is to get as close as possible to the banana plant as if it is your wife.


You must do the ritual consistently until the banana plant flowers.


Now, choose a full moon night, tie the end of a red string on the banana blossom while the other end onto your ring finger. Cut the banana blossom and bring it together with some incense, candles and food offerings to a sea, lake or river. Now, you must swear to heaven and earth that you and the banana plant will live and die together as if a pair of real human couples.


After the ritual, throw the banana blossom and offerings into the water and let it flow away signifying that the gods and goddesses have accepted your union. What left now for you is to take very good care of the banana plant. Whatever you do, don’t let the banana die.


It is said that the practitioner of this ritual can fight like no man fight and when he feels tired. He only needs to lay flat onto the ground and he will recover almost immediately. Personally I think this Vietnamese ritual is somehow similar to marriage to spirits for wealth:



Needless to remind you, practice this ritual at your own risks!


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