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In the olden days, the main purpose of creating Kumantong was to protect the owner. The young child ghost could be activated with Mantra to fight the owner’s enemies and to protect the owner’s treasures.
In those days, Occult master had to go to the graveyard alone in the night, dig up the corpse of dead pregnant woman, cut the corpse’s abdomen and then proceed directly to the nearest temple outer area for the roasting processes. That’s the safe place to protect the ghost mother from trying to bring her baby back. So only the strong-mind person who possesses the advanced magical knowledge to subdue the ghost may do this.
In this present era, Kumantongs is created mainly for the purpose of bringing good luck , wealth and for fortune purposes, attract customers into the shop and protect owners from harm and harming no one.
Out of Compassion, Monks or Ar-Chans (Spiritual Masters of Thailand) in these present days still continue creating Kumantongs by invoking the souls of aborted fetus so as to liberate them. The souls of aborted fetuses are in great suffering, they are lost earth bound ghosts. Specific mantra are chanted to invite their souls to reside in the figurines.
By offering these souls of aborted fetuses a place to reside and with daily recitation of mantras, the keepers transfer their merits to these souls and pray that they are liberated. At the same time, these spiritual beings will bring prosperity and fortune and look after the keepers.
Apart from Guman Thong, there is also the Golden Gumaree, Gumaree or Gumareethong, essentially a female form of the Guman Thong.
There are two types of Kumantong.
The 1st type is cruel, wild, ferocious. It is created to fight the enemies and for devious purposes, whereas the other type of is to add charm and bring good fortune to the owners, such as striking the Lottery and attract customers to their shops.
Kumantong the Killer
From this 1st type of fierce Kumantong , branch out four other sub types:
This Killer Child Spirit is created in a ritual called Plug Seg, whereby a devil or phii taai hoong (ghosts who died from unnatural death or evil spirits) , is captured to possess a small human-like figure made of clay, plastic or bone. The Occult Master will able to command the spirit inside the statue to attack others.
However, this type of Child Spirits is rare and only used by Occult Doctors in the Khmer and Muslim Communities of Thailand.
More details on the 4 type of Golden Boys:
* Kuman Tong Pretmun
* Kuman Tong Pretdub
* Kuman Tong Pretkong
* Kuman Tong Pretsoon
They can be called “Pret Puti Ngan” or “Kuman Pretprab”. Occult Masters use them to destroy their enemies.
These four types of fierce Kumantong have their own specific ways to destroy the enemies.
Kumantong Pretsoon has the power to drive people crazy.
Kumantong Pretkong and Kumantong Pretmun are very good in protecting property.They will kill the stranger who invades the house.
The only thing that can subdue Kumantong Pretmun is Wou Tanoo ( Wood used in carrying the dead body). Yet, Kumantong Pretkong’s power is much stronger than Kumantong Pretmun because he is able to conquer Wou Tanoo. The only thing that can stop Kumantong Pretkong is the copper Wou Tanoo or Kway Tanoo.
Moreover, Kumantong Pretkong is able to chase after the enemy every where they go but Kumantong Pretmun can only exercise his power within his sphere. Kumantong Pretkong therefore is an outstanding black child spirit which can hardly find anything to subdue him.
Kumantong Pretdub is a cold-blooded killer who can cut the enemy’s throat as fast as the professional killer.
Kumantong the killers are only popular among people who practice black magic. Ordinary talisman collectors do not dabble in these.
Kumantong the Fortune Bringer
The type of “Fortune-Bringing Golden Boy” that we can find in general is known for being benign and merciful.
Although he spies on people, he protects houses and shops, brings in customers and create luck and brings no harm to the owner and other people.
Like the Evil Cild Spirits, Holy Golden Boys also need a plug seg ritual to come alive. Monks or Archans ( White Robe Spiritual Practitioner) use their mind power to invite high level spirita to dwell in the figurines. Or they use withered wood from certain trees that already contain spirits to carve the boy.
This Fortune-Bringing Kumantong does not have any particular name.
We can see the statues of “Fortune Bringing” Kumantong placed in many stores in Thailand and South East Asia because the shopkeepers believe Fortune-Bringing Kumantong will attract customers to come to their stores and also bring good fortunes, wealth and prosperity to the owners.
Generally, the owner of Kumantong will name his Kumantong figurines such as Udomdat, Udomlap, and Udomchoke. In Singapore or Malaysia , usually the Kumantong owners will name them as ” Zai Zai”, like a pet name of no particular meaning.
The Monks and Spiritual Doctors merely create these good Kumantong to encourage merchants to do good deed and want something to hold to. Therefore this kind of Kumantong is the most famous talisman in these days.
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