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Thursday, November 27, 2014
Methods Of Transference (寄法)
transference are variations of Taoist magic popular among the Miao and Yao
tribes normally meant for healing or protection. People believe sores, rash,
tumor, toothache and even pains can be transferred to a tree or plants. I have
heard the story that some Miao folks remained unharmed despite being brutally
attacked by their enemies using sticks. I have collected some transference rituals
below for your reference:
Rash and measles
healer and patient must stand one foot in and one foot out at threshold of the
main door. A straw should be used to make a transverse measurement and the
patient is then asked to cough once. After that, the straw is broken and then
thrown away. The healer will feel his/her nape itches but it will subside in a
few days. Be careful as not to let others to stand beside.
healer and patient should stand as above. After that the healer should take a
needle to cut 3 pieces of strings transversely from the patient’s garment and
then the patient is asked to cough once. Once the strings are broken, and the
patient shall be cured.
healer would take a piece of paper and roll it up; wet it with some vegetable
oil. Now the patient is asked to stand facing a wall. The healer would use his
left finger to rub onto the wall in order to collect some dirt. After rubbing
the wall once, he/she would then recite the mantra: “Dragon head, dragon and
tiger burnt in fire; only the dragon head is burnt not the tiger.”
Pain relieves (止痛):
·There is a saying in Traditional Chinese
Medicine: “Amongst all of the sickness, taking care of pain is first and
foremost.” It is certainly true that once pain is relieved, the sickness is
already half cured.
·In this method, a healer would first inscribe the
character ‘令’ and then
another 4 similar characters. Simultaneously, he/she would recite: “I am
retrieving the order of forbiddance, hence removing the mountain of 5 elements,
by digging up the waters of rivers; I am tying up the dragon onto seaside.”
·First, one must get a piece of iron nail and
bite it with the sore tooth. After that he should use the iron nail to continuously
striking on the top of a piece of copper rod and chanting non-stop: “no more
pain, no more pain, I am shouting until the wind of worms retreat.” After
chanting for a while, the person should nail the nail completely into the tree.
Assaults by sticks (寄打):
·There is a set of rituals transferred down from
Miao masters. The mantra reads like: “… the planks transformed into goose
feathers, the sticks into wicks, the assailants became shrimps and ants. 1000
strokes on me, 1000 strokes transferred out. All the shouts are transferred
beside a huge gong. For 10000 strokes on me, 10000 strokes are transferred out;
my body is transferred into the Immortal Mountain…”
Of course there are many more similar rituals. However, I
cannot answer the question if the above rituals work. It is really up to each
person to evaluate and decide.