Phra Ngang Yab-Yum Fertility Couple
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- Phra Ngang Yab-Yum Fertility Couple
- A popular legend of Phra Ngang involves His appearance and His sexual symbolism. According to the legend, Phra Ngang was a disciple of the Buddha. During His adult life, He had difficulty meditating in peace because His appearance or Worldly Form was so beautiful. Many women were rumored to come to Him with physical desire, even though He was a Monk. To combat this attraction, He then engaged in a solitary meditation practice wishing to lose His beauty so that He could practice the Dharma for the good of all sentient beings. During a Mystic Metamorphosis, He transformed into a perception of a hideous dwarf with red eyes and big ears. Phra Ngang, according to this legend, remained throughout his earthly life in this strange form, teaching the Dharma to the poor in the villages. At His death, He vowed to help those who wear his effigy. The Phra Ngang Couple is believed to promote fertility and healthy, active sexuality.
- Measures approx. 1 7/8" x 1" x 7/8"
- Sold as a pair.
- Materials: bronze metal hand cast by a Master Amulet Maker, with inlaid red crystal eyes.
- Yab-Yum is a common image in the Buddhist art of India, Nepal, and Tibet, which represents the primordial union of wisdom and compassion, depicted as a male Deity in sexual union with his female Consort. The male figure represents compassion and skillful means, while the female partner represents insight.
- Phra Ngang is often attributed as having passionate desires, and his devotees often leave offerings of whiskey, cigars and cigarettes, and photographs of beautiful women, in hopes that Phra Ngang will help attract these things to the petitioner as well.
- Handcrafted in Thailand
- In popular Thai culture, Phra Ngang is sometimes called the "Ghost King" or "Demon King", and even thought to represent a Powerful Warlock.
- Phra Ngang images are historically Mountain Deities, whose devotions originated in Cambodia.
- The Buchas or devotional focus of Phra Ngang images date back to the Ayuttaya period in Thailand (1351 to 1767), when Phra Ngang images, shown without battle armor, were referred to as Phra Chai Mongkol or Victory Buddha.
- Although not an exact image or reference to The Buddha, they are shaped similarly in posture to The Buddha, wearing a crown with a pointy tip and a gentle smile on His face.
- During the destruction of the Ayutthaya Dynasty by the Burmese Army, it is believed by legend that many Phra Ngang images and amulets that were kept and revered as the Mountain Deities were hidden in the bellies of large scale Buddha Statues on Temple grounds. Some of the Buddha Statues were damaged or destroyed in the sacking of Ayutthaya, and in the destruction and pillage, the tall crowns of these Phra Ngangs were also damaged and rendered crooked. During the violence and chaos of the destruction of the cities and Temples, many soldiers suffered and died. Although it appeared that the abandoned Phra Ngang figures red colored eyes were due to tin oxidation (which resembles rust), the enduring folklore and local history claims that the blood red eyes of Phra Ngang were due to the dire amount of blood shed by the deceased soldiers. As the materials for Ayuttaya Period Phra Ngang images and amulets contained very little tin, the legend that the spilt blood of the suffering soldiers was the story that endured in time.
- With so many Buddha Statues destroyed and the beloved contents previously hidden in Their stomachs revealed on the war grounds, scattered and covered with blood, it was believed a phenomenal natural event occurred; that the sites attracted "Beings" and Spirits that would reside in the abandoned Phra Ngang images and statues. Over time, the now revealed and transformed statues were collected and gathered by surviving soldiers and local people alike; however, these images were transformed and now occupied by Mountain Spirits, and were unblessed and unconsecrated.
- In Phra Ngang devotions, the essence of the amulet's origin as Deities of the Mountains and as Spirits and Demons of Nature is fully realized. Mountain Spirits and Demons alike were believed to evolve from snakes, frogs, lizards, spiders, centipedes, scorpions and creatures of the Mountains that transformed to Higher Spiritual Beings. From that magical transformation, it is believed that some of these Mystical Beings even further evolved higher into Earthly Deities and Magical Forces, and are venerated as such.
- In Thailand, Phra Ngangs are believed to help Magicians and Spiritual Practitioners to create positive spells and block black magic. In Cambodia, Phra Ngangs are believed to help their owners become more sexually attractive, block black magic and they are revered as protective spirits that will defend their owners against aggression and ill wishes.