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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Vietnamese Forest Military Spirits (安南阴五营兵)
Above talismans are
used to summon mountain gods to quickly come to a magician’s aid.
magic is heavily influenced by Yao and Taoist magic. We can see heavy Taoist
and Chinese influences but with some small distinctions from the above
talismans from the left to right:
summon with magical rope to bind
mountain god come under oath
for the mountain god
speaking, the talismans are used to summon the main mountain god of a region to
quickly come with its military forces to come to a magician’s aid. These forest
military is at par with Taoist 5 legionnaire armies (五营兵将) but the forest military spirits are harder to
don’t just go into a jungle and summon these wild spirits for one thing without
some historical background; i.e. these forces must be inherited from one’s guru
or parents. Otherwise the spirits will be one’s pain in the ass figuratively speaking.
frequently use the above Vietnamese ritual to call upon mountain gods when I am
in a jungle. Well, the Vietnamese methods are simple but pretty effective in
making contact with Yin spirits (阴神). Contrary to the Chinese counterparts, the Vietnamese methods don’t use
candles but incense smoke is just as sufficient though not a must. This is an
advantage in dark and damp tropical jungles.
Oh, in case
you keep Ngai spirits and learn from some magic forum the DIY way; then you are
probably also aware that Ngai spirits are controlled by forest military. This
is in line with Leklai is also a pet of Thai mountain spirit. I personally
think that leklai and Ngai are perhaps two same things.