• Manners & Morals
    Usually depicted as a demented, red-eyed trickster sitting in a meditation posture like the Buddha, Phra Ngang has a reputation as a karmic amplifier who continually tests his devotees at the crossroads of decision, manipulating unseen currents of cause and effect to tilt the odds in favor of their requests. Like the Exu of Brazilian macumba
  • Habitat and Range
    Though Phra Ngang’s popularity has spread worldwide with the advent of the internet and globalization, his traditional stomping grounds center on Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Recent years have also seen a greatly increased presence in the urban centers of Singapore, Malaysia and mainland China.
  • Mistaken Identities
    Phra Ngang is sometimes confused with the spirits or gods of other traditions or even figures from popular culture; here are a few of the most common cases of “mistaken identity”:
  • Buddhist Animism
    For thousands of years prior to the introduction of Buddhism, Thailand teemed with spirits, gods, ghosts and monsters. So how did they survive the national transition to a universalist faith? Unlike Western countries where monotheism completely drove indigenous supernatural entities out of existence or into hiding, Thailand gracefully syncretized the various strains of shamanic animism and brought them
  • Phra Ngang Sightings
    Various fascinating Phra Ngang artifacts from around the internet. Amulets are meant to envelope the bearer in the “energy” of Phra Ngang Statues are fetishes intended to give Phra Ngang a powerful presence in the devotee’s home Magical tattoos and designs are pounded by sorcerer monks directly into the skins of followers to help them cultivate an even closer link to
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