Ghost story

Young Goumonthong

Goumonthong image scanned from Koosang Koosom Magazine

This is a translated article from Koosang Koosom Magazine, written by Noonid of Chonburi in Thai Language, translated by Nye.

It was the year 2547 (2004) when I had a chance to work at a small Karaoke place.  This place became my place of work and living quarter (shared by 6 other female workers) was on the second floor.  We each had a sleeping bag and since I am so afraid of ghost, I chose to sleep in the middle, sandwiched in-between my coworkers.  I stayed there for about 3 months and the one thing that I fear the most happened that night…

It was closing time, around 24:00 (12 Am), all my friends went clubbing after work, but I didn’t go with them.  It’s not that I’m such a good girl, normally I’d go with them, but this time I was sick, had a terrible headache and ran a temperature, needless to say, I stayed home by myself that night.

I was so afraid to be alone, I left all the lights on and took some cold medication in hoping that it will take care of my fever and make me go to asleep as well, so that I wouldn’t know or see anything, but sadly it only helped to reduce my fever and left me wide awake.  I started to count sheep, and that didn’t help. I said my Thai prayers, chanting Ethipiso more than 100 times but I’m no where near sleepy.

Then around 2 Am, I heard someone running up the stairs, I was glad and thought my friends had came back, I called out their names but no reply and what appeared in front of me was not my friends, but it was…

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Ghost story, Lao Tradition, Thai Tradition

The Real Goumonthong – Part II

This is a translated article from Koosang Koosom Magazine, written by Goumonngen in Thai Language, translated by Ginger.

Continued from: The Real Goumonthong – Part I

I often rode my motorcycle to go watch Jour Por Songk (Trance Medium), and hung out there most of the times. Most that come to visit him are from our region, those that live nearby would walk there, and those that are wealthy would ride in their car and are from the city. There seems to be all kinds of problems whether it was illness, or just daily problems, but the most seems to be reversing the black magic spell that was caste on them by their enemy. These spells were meant for them to be destructive in all shapes and forms, and especially if it was put on by Mia Noy (mistress), Goumonthong is an expert in solving this type of problems.

If you were to ask me if I believed in Goumonthong, I can tell you right here that I don’t believe! And that’s because I believe in science and scientific way of thinking, but I do have to say that I want to know or being nosy, this I can’t help myself, so I often hung out there to spy on them, keeping close eye on their behaviors and routines.

What I saw was Mia Luang (first wife) are their frequent clients, and the ones that appear wealthy would get a royal treatment. Then Jour Por (Trance Medium) would tell that person to go back home and bring back a current photo of her husband, and 3 strands of hair, then Jour Por will perform a reverse love spell that was cast on her husband by Mia Noy (the mistress).

She has to bring back these items on 8 kom, or the next Vanh Pra (Buddhist religious day). But before he takes these items, he has to perform a ceremony of ‘spirit calling spell’ to control these evil spirits by using flowers, which he often uses Dork Mali (Jasmine flower) and chanting spell that he wrote for her to cite that is a mile long, then he would give her a sacred and blessed yellow Yan cloth for her to keep with her at all times. She then carries a bag of flowers, and starts chanting as soon as she leaves Somnak (Trance Mediumship Center), and as soon as she finishes with one verse, then she throws a hand full of flowers along side the road. This is to control the evil spirits, and she has to keep doing this until she reaches her house.

As soon as she gets home, she has to take a shower (or bath) for cleansing, then follow Sin 8 (percepts) for 3 days, can’t tell anyone about this, especially her husband, and has to worship and take Goumonthong into her home with her. After she follows all this, then she has to prepare the items requested by Jour Por (Trance Medium) which are 1 photo of her husband, and 3 strands of his hair, and she has to return on the day of the appointment to perform the ceremony.

And when that day has arrived, Jour Por would take the photo, held, and rubbed the photo, then amazing things happened where Goumonthong knew of what has happened and the locations and everything about the husband in great detail, and many times would whisper to Jour Por word for word.

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Ghost story, Lao Tradition, Thai Tradition

The Real Goumonthong – Part I

This is a translated article from Koosang Koosom Magazine, written by Goumonngen in Thai Language, translated by Ginger.

This part of the story is from my previous translation of Thai (Lao) Baby Ghost Spirit (Lok Grok-Goumonthong) – Part III:

Goumonthong (golden boy or baby ghost) was a powerful being, and the most well known one was from the Thai legend of ‘Koun Changh Koun Panh’….as the story goes, after Koun Panh (aka, Prie Keo) and Nang Boukrey, the daughter of Mernharn, became husband and wife, and shortly after that, she became pregnant. One day, Mernharn got upset with Koun Panh, his son in-law; therefore plotted to kill him by letting Nang Boukrey to put poison substance in his food. Luckily that Koun Panh has Hoong Pri (ghost spirit), and it warned him that his wife was trying to poison him, and not for him to eat her food, therefore saved his life. This outraged Koun Panh, he then seek revenged by plotting to kill his wife for her baby so he could make it into Goumonthong (golden boy or ghost baby.) Read the rest of the story of how he killed his wife and made his unborn son into Goumonthong here.

…But the story of “The Adventure of Koun Panh”, one of the famous Lakorn (Thai drama) of the decades, it started out when Goumonthong as a little boy with a round ball hairdo up top, until he became a teenager, as tall as his father Koun Panh, his voice started to change, and his shadowy mustache started to be visible, and then this series came to a closing, as some of the viewers were getting too old to watch, some drop dead before the series ended, you can say that this was a Lakorn (drama) marathone, one of the longest Thai Lakorn (drama) of the century.

Regardless, ‘Goumonthong’ is well known amongst the locals, whether at the market, restaurants, beauty salons, etc. most would worship Nang Kwak (Thai goddess with right hand raised in a calling position, which is used to attract wealth to a place of business), and Goumonthong, which is a small doll of a little boy with a round ball hairdo, and a smiley face to attract customers into the store.

Some heard that Goumonthong likes to drink red drink, so they worship him with ultra-sweet red Fanta, but back in the olden days when Fanta didn’t exist, I wonder what did Goumonthong like to drink?

It is well known that in the ‘Kone Songk Jour’ business (Trance Mediumship) there is always a Goumonthong as a helper (Kone songk Jour is a person that has a special power, which s/he’d give up his/her body, then the ghost would take control of that person’s body, you then can ask any question that you want to know because the ghost sees it all, sort of like ‘see all evils, know all evils’. Thai Issan would go to ‘Kone Songk Jour’ for their everyday problems.

In normal term, this is called Trance Mediumship which is one of the oldest forms of spirit communication, trance itself refers to the altered state of consciousness the medium enters, and allowing the spirit being to merge with their physical and subtle body, mind and spirit.)  Goumonthong would tell him/her everything, as if s/he has Bluetooth on his/her ear at all times.  Some Kone Songk Jour Somnak (Trance Mediumship Center) would command Goumonthong to get various items, you can say that he plays the role of a messenger, or better yet  as “Google” that you can search for anything on the world wide web.

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