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Monday, July 1, 2013
The Making Of An Eel God (鱔魚神)
An eel caught in the wild.
known as resilient and die-hard creatures. They can survive with minimal water
condition and their slimy body surfaces make them hard to be caught in water.
Straightly speaking eel spirits are classified as lower spirits together with
the chicken, snake, fox etc.
in mind, eel spirits are not suitable to be used in standard blessing rituals
involving heavenly deities. So this ritual can only be carried out in a
separate altar; or more formally known as “yin altar” (陰壇). The purpose
of eel sprit worship is to make a magician’s soul as slimy as an eel and the
subsequent spell would be difficult to detect and neutralized.
The first step
to call an eel spirit is of course to catch an eel about a pound in weight.
Once caught, this eel will be put in a water container with some oil for one
day to let it vomit out its stomach content. After that the magician will prepare
enough rice wine and an air tight container to put the eel into.
will only be dipped in the rice wine until it died. The dead eel is then buried
under a plant outside of the altar and the plant is worshipped with incense
daily. After that the rice wine is further empowered for around 100 days while
performing the below ritual:
content is sufficiently empowered, the rice wine and the plant are worshipped with
incense daily. The rice wine will be used to mix with enough cinnabar and the
magician’s own blood to empower ‘fu’ or talisman in casting black magic.