Huge Compendium of Ceremonial Magic compiled by a Yao Shaman including Divination, feng shui, astrology, talismans, and various other spells and rituals. A treasure trove of Eastern magic with fascinating drawings of deities, dragons, and “Solomonic looking” figures and talismans, Vietnam 19th / Early 20th C
Written in black and highlighted in red ink on handmade paper made of straw or mulberry paper bound together with cord.
4to (1o.5″ H x 12.5″ W x 1″ Thick): 100’s of pages.
Condition: Lacks covers. Upper right corner of most pages shredded, effecting text, some corners missing, others ripped but present. This paper is very resilient however. Ink bright. Binding very strong. See Photos. Appears COMPLETE
The Yao Shamans of Vietnam use a collection of specific objects and instruments to aid them when working with spirits. As with Solomonic magic, they wear ceremonial robes for protection from evil spirits during rituals. The robes are intricately crafted with imagery embroidered representing the universe with all its deities which serves the same function as a the Lamen or the priestly breastplates of the ancient Hebrews. They use scroll painting as a sort of spirit register which also functions as a portal to enter the spirit realm during a ritual. They use wands, ritual knives, and Ritual texts.
These texts, which they create themselves, are magical handbooks (or ‘grimoires’) in which they store all ritual knowledge. The Ritual Texts allow the shaman to communicate directly with the spirits to negotiate and treat diseases and other things that have become out of balance. The books include, amongst other things, history, folklore, instructions for rituals, use of ritual instruments, exorcisms, alchemic formulas, spells, and the construction of talismans. This particular manuscript focuses on divination and Feng Shui as well as instructions for rituals, the construction of talismans, spells, formulas, exorcisms(?), etc.
As Yao shamanism is no longer practiced, the ritual texts are the only written preservation of the tradition.
Provenience: Preserved from a series of libraries of no longer extant Hill tribes in Vietnam.