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Sunday, March 2, 2014
From Thailand To Vietnam: White Turmeric (莪术)
The mysterious and multi-purpose white turmeric
turmeric is known as “wan paya ngoo tua mea” in Thai or literary “the queen of
snake rhizome”. It is used in the Northeastern part of Thailand as a snakebite
It is said
that white turmeric is discovered by Buddhist monks. Legend has it that a monk
was walking in jungle and he was bitten by a king cobra. He pulled out some
plants with roots and rubbed the root against the bitten part; miraculously the
monk survived to tell his story. And that story made this white turmeric
many ways to administer this white turmeric. The most common method is to mince
a large quantity of white turmeric rhizomes and add liquor that contains at
least 50% alcohol and above. After that this mixture is drunk daily and after a
person is bitten by a poisonous snake. If it is meant for treating snake bite,
local folks normally consume the minced white turmeric until vomit.
another use of white turmeric in Vietnamese black magic community: the white
turmeric is worshipped as ‘snake ngai’ or snake plant. Before snake ngai can be
used, it must be empowered first with below method:
must get a piece of white turmeric rhizome. After that he/she will draw the
required talisman on a piece of copper plate or lead. For a darker operation, a
real cobra is drowned in alcohol first; but the snake is not necessary if one
just wanted the ngai plant to watch over his/her property.
person must dig a hole in his house compound and first put in the copper/lead
talisman then the snake if he/she chooses to use a snake. And then the white
turmeric rhizome is put into the hole. After that the hole is covered with
soil. That ends the first part of the operation.
must visit the site and recite mantras to evoke the 12 Thai snake gods and
goddesses and ask the spirits to give birth to new snake ngai. Snake ngai is
said to be born when new shoots emerged from the ground.
many applications to snake ngai. It can be used to watch over property, harm
enemy, and reduce business competition as well as curing snake bite victims.
Rumor has it that the snake ngai can revive a person who has died of snake bite
provided that the duration is within 18 hours. However no one has tested this
claim in real life.
chooses, he can dig up the white turmeric rhizome and boil it in hot water as this
will keep the spirit inside the rhizome. After the boiling, the rhizome is
dried under sunlight for 3 days. When this is done, the dried rhizome is
wrapped with a piece of red cloth and worship on an altar; or it can also be
carried around as a protective charm.
formula for snake bite is for your reference only as any snake bite victim
ideally should be sent to the nearest hospital. Hence try at your own risks.