Black magic in Thailand


Thailand – a beautiful country, lot of people do visit the place for peace and serenity. Buddhism is practiced as a religion in Thailand and surrounding countries like Cambodia. The truth that most of us are not aware of is that black magic even has its trails here; rather, it prevails in most parts of this beautiful country as well.


Thou, Thailand is a beautiful country, but all of you would be shocked to read the facts that since the late early years of formations lot of rituals and beliefs along with black magic spells have lived along in this country and still exist. The first concept that you can realize about the beliefs that people of Thailand have is the existence of Pret or what we term ghost. Most of this belief is either shared with other bordering countries or has come from Buddhist mythology.  Below is a list of the legends believed to be ghost found in and around Thailand.


  • Chao Kam Nai Wen – believed as a soul sitting on the rear of a person.
  • Krahang - believed as a male impression that can fly when night.
  • Krasue - believed as a woman's head with her internal organs hanging down from her neckline.
  • Mae Nak - believed as a female ghost who perished at the time of delivery and that she can extend her arms.
  • Mae Sue - believed as a protector goddess or a female ghost of newborns and toddlers.
  • Nang Takian - believed as a tree spirit dwelling in Hopea odorata trees.
  • Nang Tani - believed as a young woman haunting definite masses of banana trees that appears on full moon night-time.
  • Phi - believed as a spirit that sits on a person's chest during the night
  • Phi Hua Khat - believed as a headless male soul that carries his head
  • Phi Phraya - believed as a female ghost living in the water similar to an Undine
  • Phi Phong - believed as a vindictive male spirit having a nasty smell. It lives in dark places under the trees or vegetation.
  • Phi Pop - believed as an unkind female soul that gobbles human intestines.
  • Phi Song Nang - believed as female spirit that first traps or tempts, and then attack and murder young men.
  • Phi Tai Hong - believed as the soul of a person that suffered a sudden violent or cruel death.
  • Phi Tai Thong Klom - believed as the furious ghost of a woman having committed suicide after being made pregnant and subsequently betrayed and abandoned by her lover.
  • Phi Thale - believed as a spirit of the sea. It manifests itself in different ways, one of them being St. Elmo's fire, among other mysterious sensation experienced by sailors and fishermen while on boats.
  • Pret - believed as an extremely tall hungry ghost part of the Buddhist legends. It looks like a very tall and thin man with a very small mouth.
  • Phi Dip Chin - believed as a jumping ghost from the Chinese legends, dressed in an antediluvian outfit and having a written paper in front of his façade.
  • Phi Kong Koi - believed as a jungle vampire with one leg.
  • Kuman Thong - believed as a spirit looking like a young boy robed in primeval clothing.
  • Rak-Yom - believed as appearing as two young boys similar to Kuman Thong.
  • Phi Tabo - believed as a blind soul with hollow eyes.
  • Phi Ka - believed as a gluttonous spirit.
  • Phi Tai Ha - believed as a spirit of persons having died of an accident.
  • Phi Ma Bong - believed as a female ghost from Northern Thailand similar to a Centaur or Kelpie.
  • Pu Som Fao Sap - believed as a male spirit who guards treasures appearing like a honored old man.
  • Khamot - believed as a glowing soul.
  • Phi Phong - believed as a male ghost from Northern Thailand and is related to frogs.
  • Phi Phuthao - believed as an impression appearing like a very old man.
  • Phi Lang Khluang - believed as a spirit from Southern Thailand with a very large wound in the rear.
  • Phi Tuai Khaeo - believed as the ghost that makes the upside-down goblet move.
  • Phi Pluak - believed as the spirit of the termites.
  • Suea Sa Ming - believed as a male or female who converted into a tiger as a result of the power of black magic.
  • Kwai Thanu, also known as Vo Thanu - believed as a mystic bull or aquatic buffalo.
  • Hun Pha Yon - believed as an fake human or non-human.
  • Phi Ngu, also known as Phraya Ngu, or Ngueak Ngu - believed as a spirit linked with snakes or that may appear in snake form, in human form or in a amalgamation of both forms.


The practice of black magic in Thailand revolves around these ghosts or spirits or souls, and spell casters will enchant black magic spells to lure these spirits or capture them or please them so that they help the person in need. It is also assumed that the spell caster and the owner have to keep them pleased for the help they extend towards the person.


One such theory of pleasing spirits for their help is used when someone wants to own a Kuman thong. It is believed that the owner who possesses Kuman thong will have luck and fortune and would never be defeated by their enemies. To own a spirit, known as kuman thong, rituals are performed. This requires the newborn fetus from the mother's womb, and it is observed that the spirit from the fetus is then captured in a wooden or clay statue and kept in a secure place with the owner of a Kuman thong.


Once the fetus is removed, the child's body is taken to a cemetery and rituals are performed, and the body is roasted. The statue created to capture Kuman Thong is also known as Hong Pray. The practice of making Kuman thong statues is mostly practiced in Siam.


According to some ancient Thai documents and scriptures, it has been learned that the actual method of acquiring a Kuman thong starts when a baby dies in its mother's womb. After which, the baby is taken out from the womb and painted with a coat of Ya Lak, covered with gold leaves or petals, and then roasted until completely dry. This ritual should be performed in a cemetery and should finish before dawn.


Since this was the actual method of obtaining the spirit, it was named KUMAN THONG, meaning golden baby or golden boy, as KUMAN in Thai means baby boy and THONG means gold. This spirit also gives us an overview of the legend of Khun Chang Khun Phaen, who first made KUMAN THONG by removing his unborn baby from the womb of his wife, so that the spirit of his unborn can help him succeed over his enemies.


Thailand is also famous for its black magic used in the form of amulets or statues. Black magic spells are performed to stimulate these spiritual powers and then relocate these powers in various matters like diagrams (mainly geometrical shaped) or on cloths or even on the body as a form of tattoos. The objects or matters in which these powers are stored are often referred to as the YAN.


The YAN is used for different purposes by the owners of those mystical powers, like protection, luck, or money. At times the Yan is even inserted under the skin. Ghosts and black magic are so common in Thailand that markets sell black magic stuff and spiritual items. One of the oldest of these markets can be found in Yogyakarta's Beringharjo market.


Black magic in Thailand is also used for blocking bad spirits. Since people in Thailand believe so much in spirits and ghosts that they use black magic spells and cast rituals to ensure that evil spirits are away from them. One such spell used is Penangal Balak, which is used to block bad spells cast on someone or stop evil spirits from causing harm.


Use of different types and kinds of oil is also linked with black magic in Thailand since oil is considered not only for healing and cure but also for fighting the bad part of black magic. Another yet interesting concept followed in Thailand related to black magic is about the black magic woman.


Black magic woman or what it is known as the MAE NAK can be found in Wat Mahabhut, where the tabernacle houses the body or statue of the black magic woman or Mae Nak. People of Thailand who have problems in their marital lives or have a sex-related problem visit this place and offer presents to get her blessings. Mae Nak is also considered to bless people in love and stay with each other only for their lifetime.


Black magic in Thailand ends with spirits, ghosts, souls, or talismans and extends to the use and practice of voodoo known as Barang. Thou they are considered illegal but still practiced by a lot of black magic spell casters. Another form of magic performed in Isan, the northeast part of Thailand, is known as YA SANG. Ya Sang is an old concept of black magic where poisonous plants exist, triggering abdominal disorders, bodily pain, intoxication, and even bringing death to the victim.



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