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Phra Ngang Ghost / Spirit Amulet -17
- Measure Approx. 3" long x 2" wide x 7/8" thick
- Materials: hand carved and painted cow bone finished by a Master Amulet Maker, painted and adorned with Sacred Yants and Ritualistic symbols, suspended in oil inside a custom plastic case.
- 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.