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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Occultist’s Guide To Jungle Hiking (浅谈深林作业)
An occultist has many reasons to enter a jungle. Perhaps
he/she wanted to meditate to increase his/her power, perhaps this person wanted
to collect rare herbs or perhaps he/she wanted to summon a powerful jungle
spirit to his/her service. Whatever reasons this magician has, a jungle is a
dangerous place to enter.
Not only a jungle is full of fierce and poisonous flora and
fauna; certain landscape such as ravines, holes, swamps and poisonous gaseous
etc. may cause injuries if one is not careful. I am no expert in jungle
survival but I have collected some knowhow when in a jungle.
·One should study the weather patterns beforehand
to decide if it is the best time to go into a jungle.
·On arrival to the entrance of the jungle, stop
and look at afar. If there is thick fog, go back and come another day.
·Offer some tobacco, pop rice, betel leaves and
benzoic incense to the watcher of the jungle. (This will save the magician
plenty of problems, believe it or not?)
·Bring light and high energy foods to reduce your
load. Previously people bring yam or amorphophallus konjac made foods as these
foods are very filling and easy to carry. Now days, we can find high energy
foods in shops selling camping gears.
In the jungle:
·A tropic jungle is full of poisonous snakes so
one should carry some snake poison antidotes and some kaffir limes. All magical
traditions will have a set of snake medicines.
·The kaffir limes is used to prevent any snakes
from entering a magician’s resting place. This is done by cutting a kaffir lime
into 4 pieces and put the lime sections at four corners of the magician’s camp.
·Insects are problems at night, so one should
take 3 pieces of red chillies, slit it lengthwise and then hang the chillies
over a candle or fire flame. That will drive away flying insects at night.
·Bring some salts to remove leeches and to reduce
itchiness caused by bamboo hairs.
·The worse scenario one will come across is to
step into an underground beehive. The stings of these tiger head hornets are
lethal. So a serious jungle hiker would bring a piece of thick canvas of some
kind just in case. However in the event of emergency and nothing to cover, one
should lie flat face down on the ground and recite:
call upon mountain gods and local earth gods, come immediately from all 8 directions
and assist me. Come on your auspicious clouds, help me in distress. Drive away
these hornets. As my will, so mote it be!"
·Missing in the jungle:
oIn case of one has lost one's way, the common
method is walk downwards to find water source and not to walk upwards where
many people have made a mistake and lost their lives.
oFor magicians with guardian spirits, he/she can
call upon his/her spirits or use the kuji-kiri mudra to find his/way out. The
spirits will not fail their masters.
·On returning from the jungle, one should ideally
perform a ritual or flower bath to wash away any energy or entities attached to
The best choice is of course not to enter a jungle alone and
without the knowledge of anyone. The above pointers are just something fun to
read about however.