Wednesday, June 4, 2014

About Vietnamese Tiger Ngai (郁金)

Know which turmeric you are using please ;-)
There are many versions of Tiger Ngai amongst the Ngai practitioners. It is very difficult to tell which is which by looking at the pictures as many ginger species will have the same foliage, for example:


Curcuma Caesia (Black Turmeric)

Curcuma Aromatica (Wild Turmeric)

Curcuma Comosa



The Tiger Ngai that I know is also called ‘wild turmeric’ or Curcuma Aromatica Salisb. The Chinese call it ‘gold for the unhappy’ (郁金) while it is known as ‘wild turmeric’ for the rest of the world. If wild turmeric is to be harvested in the wild, there is a set of rituals to be performed to appease gods of heaven and earth or the person may be struck by lightning:



In traditional Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese medicine, wild turmeric is used to remove stagnant chi in the body and also to help in removing clogged blood and pain relief. Some Chinese source has mistaken ‘wild turmeric’ as ‘white turmeric’ or scientifically known as Curcuma Zedoaria (莪术). Incidentally, white turmeric is also known as ‘Snake Ngai’:



In Vietnamese occult circle however, wild turmeric can be activated as ‘Tiger Ngai’ or a stronger version of ‘White Tiger Ngai’ using the above Yant. Depending on the practitioner’s motive, a Tiger Ngai can be empowered to heal, protect, and bring boon to business and also to harm.


If the Tiger Ngai is meant to harm, then it must first be fed with egg and gradually proceed to feed with life chick and chicken. A Tiger Ngai is deemed to be ‘trained’ when a life stock is successfully consumed overnight. At this stage, the Tiger Ngai can be sent to harm an opponent.


Whatever case it is, one must first get the ‘correct’ turmeric rhizome. I can’t say which turmeric to use as that will depend on which master one is following… So, as before, check out with your guru and not simply follow links in intranet.


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