This is a translated article from Koosang Koosom Magazine, written by Manop Keosanith written in Thai Language, translated by Ginger.
Goumonthong, or baby ghost spirit has been around for centuries, it is known as a sacred spiritual being and a valuable asset for those that own one, and can be greatly beneficial to the owner. It is one of the baby ghosts that has special power; the most well known one was from the Thai legend of ‘Koun Changh Koun Panh’ that Goumonthong was one of the most powerful items that Koun Panh own, beside his sword and grayish horse.
Truth is, there is another type of baby ghost that is well known in Thai (Lao) as Goumonthong, and that is Lok Grok (Lok Lort in Lao language.) I’m going to take this opportunity to explain about Lok Grok before talking about Goumonthong, that way it’d be easier to understand the story.
Back in the olden days, Thai (Lao) people believe, which you might call it having faith in something, and that is Lok Grok. Lok Grok is actually a stillborn baby, very small in size and it seems that not all the organs are fully formed. Thai (Lao) people believe that whom ever take this stillborn baby, and care for by means of black magic in the spiritual form, then Lok Grok will help them in many ways, such as helping to protect the owner and will warn him if dangers were near, and would also bring many fortunes in various ways.
Overall, having Lok Grok, instead of it being something that’s odd, strange, or even scary because it’s related to ghost, but it’s acceptable in the Thai (Lao) society and it’s considered something good to have, very much like a good luck charm. Those that have Lok Grok are very respectable in the Thai (Lao) society, proud owners you might say.
As I’ve heard or seen, Lok Grok is a stillborn baby that was dried up, doesn’t have any smell, but I’m not so sure because I’ve only seen it from a distance. From what I’ve seen, one was laid on a small blanket and in a glass jar at the Buddha Mantle, or placed in a dark trunk. But if one has Lok Grok, then there’s also responsibility involved, such as providing meal(s) at least once or twice a day, provide small clothing articles or toys that most children would play with.
As far as what types of gift to give Lok Grok, it’s mainly up to you, but the main purpose is to please Lok Grok so that it will love you, and you’ll receive many favors in return.