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Monday, February 3, 2014
The Revenge Of Serpent Spirit
Chinese believe that snakes are spiritual beings and they will seek their
revenge on those who harmed them. So, it is either one kills the snake; or just
leaves this creature alone. Many of us who stay in cities may not come across
these reptiles, but those who engage in agriculture activities will have many
opportunities to come face to face with snakes.
Mr. Pang owns
a medium size pig farm in Southern Perak that houses around 150 pigs of all
sizes. His main business is to supply small piglets to local restraints.
Needless to say, Mr. Pang’s business is always good as the demand is always
more than what he could supply.
about 6 months ago, Mr. Pang’s sow (母豬) started to experience miscarriage collectively. Since
Mr. Pang wasn’t a superstitious person as he is a graduate from a renowned
Taiwanese agricultural university. So, he has carried out many experiments
including sending his sows out to other farms to reproduce. The strange thing
was that all the sows were producing okay in other farms. Once those sows were
transferred back to Mr. Pang’s farm; miscarriages occurred almost immediately.
Mr. Pang did turn to spirit mediums to carry
out some Taoist rituals but the ritual had caused a fire incident that almost
burnt down his farm. Somehow, Mr. Pang got hold of my number and gave me a
call. I wanted to decline Mr. Pang’s request at first as I have no clue on his
problem and I didn’t have the intention to carry out a wild goose chase. Somehow, an image of a black cobra flashed
into my mind. So, I asked Mr. Pang if he has come in contact or killed any
snakes in his farm lately.
Since Mr. Pang has no
knowledge at that time, he promised to check out with his workers and call me
again. About a day later, I received a call from Mr. Pang again and he admitted
that his worker has killed a cobra about 6 months ago. The carcass was thrown
into a small pond nearby.
After listening to Mr. Pang’s
story, I promised to drop by his farm a week later.
To cut long story short, I
arrived at Mr. Pang’s farm in the morning and greeted by the boss himself. He
gave me a guided tour round and about the farm and finally leaded me to the
pond. Now that every pair of eyes had fallen onto me hoping for some miracles,
I started to order things around.
First, I asked Mr. Pang to
burn some joss sticks and plug the joss sticks from the bank of the pond to a
Datuk Kong’s shrine nearby. Inside the shrine, I add a wooden tablet with
inscription: “snake god”.
Once the setup is ready, I
started to evoke the 12 snake ngai gods to witness the ritual and asked the
snake spirit to possess the tablet. After that, I told Mr. Pang to make
offering to the snake spirit at least once a month and his problem would be
gone in a jiffy.
I received a hamper on Chinese
New Year eve, as I was about to return to my hometown. There was a card on the
hamper stating: “Thank you.” So, I toke it that Mr. Pang’s problem is over.