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Friday, January 17, 2014
My Friend, A Phony Tangki (假童乩)
would like to say that I am indifferent of what one does; a manager in a MNC
and a spirit medium in a small temple are of no differences to me. Both of them
are fighting to get as much money as possible. The only difference is that one
hangs a tie/gold necklace while other a magic whip (法索) around his/her
verse in Chinese occult knowledge enable me to mix well amongst the mediums. I
have a very close tangki friend and he confessed to me one day after came for an
astrology reading. Let’s call this friend of mine Ah Beng.
reading belongs to a very special group of people that is impossible to be
possessed by spirits, in technical terms we call that ‘the broken 7 stars’ (魁罡破格). So I told
it straight to Ah Beng that it is impossible that he can be a tangki.
You know it
is a good thing when people look at you as a ‘sifu’ as what you say seldom
being confronted. This is the same case with Ah Beng; he just gave a secretive
smile and told me his story:
“My friends and I were a group of youngsters
whom will fall asleep on opening up a book. However, we were interested in
spiritual things and we were especially fond of becoming tangkis as we saw the
respect and handsome donations those follows paid to those tangki after being
possessed by gods/goddesses.
One of us suggested that we became the student
of an experience old tangki nearby and we all seconded the idea. We were around
12 years old then, and after consuming some ‘fu’ (符) and kneeling in front of a Guan Gong (關公); we were asked to
chant: “Guan Gong come up…” repeatedly.
After learning for a while, I did move but I
felt that all movements were done under self-consciousness, there wasn’t a Guan
Gong possessed my body. I did the movements because I didn’t want to embarrass
myself in front of my fellow members and master. I just didn’t want to be
treated as unworthy of becoming a tangki.
My doubt increased until I couldn’t hold my
doubt anymore. So I secretly asked my pals and to our surprised that no one
felt the presence of Guan Gong! However, since I have been a tangki and only need
to work a few hours a day; and added to that I am also being respected by general
public, I continue pretending...”
I don’t have problems with Ah Beng keep on pretending as many people also
pretends to work hard in MNC as well. Ah Beng is not a bad character as he is
only earning a living. Hahaha…