Sunday, November 20, 2016
Old Kong Tao Story (降头的故事)
‘Kong Tao’ is a collective noun for Thai black magic. Due to much speculation, Kong Tao has once become the most feared form of black magic in Asia. Of course, nowadays, except the few still holding to the practice of Kong Tao; the Kong Tao has fast becoming a lost art. Pertaining to Kong Tao believes are many Kong Tao stories and movies perhaps still being circulated amongst local folks. Below is one story I heard from a friend in Ipoh:
Perhaps in the 70’s, a pretty young lady, May from Ipoh went to work in Singapore. A few months later, May’s parents lost contact with May and a manhunt exercise was carried out but of no avail. After a while, everyone has given up hope searching for May.
Another year passed, one of May’s distant relative, Lee saw May in a nightclub in Singapore. When Lee wanted to approach May, he suddenly saw an ugly old man approached May and brought her to a table of booze drinking people. Since May was appearing in sexy costumes and apparently she was not quite herself, Lee decided to perform a background investigation of the ugly old man before he decides on what to do.
After some detective work, Lee learnt that the ugly old man was known as Snakehead. Snakehead was quite a notorious Kong Tao master in Singapore during that time. His most powerful Kong Tao is love magic. It was said that whoever this Snakehead was interested, he can summon this lady to his side and obeys all his wishes. And Lee also found out that including May, there were 5 ladies working for Snakehead at the moment.
Since Snakehead was somehow affiliated with some gangsters around that particular area, Lee decided to take his time to approach May. At first, Lee would approach Snakehead to buy May out seemingly for escort service. His purpose was to get some time alone with May to find out her condition and sought help. After Lee was ascertained that May was under Snakehead’s love spell, he sought the help of another Kong Tao master.
According to the Kong Tao master, May’s mind was being controlled by Snakehead’s ghosts that comes with the corpse oil. So some counter magic was performed and the servitor ghost was captured into a bottle. After the Snakehead’s spell was broken, May was herself again and she was brought back to reunite with her parents in Ipoh.
As the story goes, once the Snakehead’s spell was broken, the other four ladies also left Snakehead almost all at once. It was later said that the Snakehead suffered a tragic ending where he was found dead in the back lane of the nightclub he used to appear; perhaps due to sickness and forsaken by his allies. What was sure was that the once rich Snakehead was penniless when he met his doom. People attributed Snakehead’s tragic ending to his pact with the devil, some said it was his extremely bad karma.
Maybe the Snakehead’s story was true, but I have not come across a really good love magic practitioner such as that of a Snakehead nowadays. Of course, there are still many boastful folks continue to talk big hiding in some forums for ‘self-pleasures’ or the local would call it as ‘syok sendiri’ (自摸自爽).