|A black magic practitioner of Mayong|
So, when our driver Deboo Nath on our way to Pobitora WildLife Sanctuary from Guwahati, the capital of the scenic states of Assam mentioned about a place called Mayong close to the sanctuary and informed that it is “The Black Magic Capital of the world”, I was stunned!
Was it that somebody created one of those fairy tales and stories inspired quite out of Harry potter's school of Hogwart? “No..no..no”, retorted Beboo Nath when I laughed at his statement in disbelief.
“Listen, sir!” Continued Deboo Nath... “The black magic in Mayong has been in practice since sanctuaries. In fact, I’m going to introduce you to my Grandfather in Mayan village on the way, who even today remembers some of the black magic rituals though he doesn’t practice it now. His father that is my great grandfather was a great black magic practitioner”. I could see some sense of pride on his face as he looked back at me with raised eyebrows.
I was speechless. Didn’t know what to say. Then a thought came to me.
What if such land exists in today's world? A land of black Magic which is called the Black Magic Capital of the world?
As some unknown excitement took over me, I just said, “Okay, let’s stop at Mayong and meet your Grandpa”
And soon we were in the village of Mayong just after about an hour of drive from Guwahati, very close to the border of Great wild Rhino sanctuary.
It was a typical village house where we were enjoying our glass of tea under a tree. Beboo’s Grandfather was a happy and smiling old man who loved narrating the history and stories of black magic practiced in the village. He insisted upon us to stay for the night as his guest and visit the museum next day which had all the
Evidence in the ancient manuscripts of black magic and its documented glorious history.
So we stayed back...
|Eerie silence in Mayong|
Next day Beboo’s grandfather accompanied us to the museum and also arranged a demonstration of a black magic ritual (Though the black magic is rarely practiced now).
|Mysticical items in Mayong Museum|
|A black magic ritual in Mayong|
The Details of Indian Capital of Black Magic and Witchcraft-Mayong
Is situated in Marigaon district of Assam, on the bank of the river Brahmaputra. Situated at 40 km from Guwahati and once considered the cradle of black magic in the country. We heard many folklore, ancient mythical stories, stories of horrors that have been associated with the region. Also,there has been stories of human and animal sacrifices in the region. People from India and all across the world who happens to know about this hidden mystical place, visit the city to learn the art and some visit to seek the powers of black magic with intentions of doing evil and controlling evil.
There has been astounding tales of a man disappearing into thin air, or being turned into an animal, or a fierce tiger being tamed and serious illnesses being cured lie in the treasure trove of almost every family.
History and FactsWhen Mughal general Raja Ram Singh was ordered by Aurangzeb to take an army to Assam and subdue the Ahoms in 1667, he picked up the assignment with trepidation. He didn't fear the Ahom military might, but Assam's fearsome reputation as a land of black magic. Mayong, a village some 40 km from Guwahati, was the deemed capital of the occult. Ram Singh took along ninth Sikh guru Teg Bahadur to ward off evil. Teg Bahadur inadvertently introduced the Sikh faith in Assam, but couldn't save the Mughal generalissimo from defeat. The Mughals were routed in the Battle of Saraighat in 1671 and Ram Singh beat a hasty retreat, never to return. He was lucky; a few others before him did not come back alive. Ikhtiyaruddin Yuzbuk Tughril Khan, a sultan of Bengal invaded Assam in 1256-57 and perished with his army there. Alamgir Nama of Mirza Muhammad Kazim, a chronicle of the first 10 years of Emperor Aurangzeb's reign, while talking about an invasion by Muhammad Shah in 1332 with one lakh horsemen, says, "The whole army perished in that land of witchcraft, and not a trace was left". Other Mughal texts too talk about sorcery in Assam and its seemingly unlimited powers. Was it a true assessment?
Award-winning film critic-turned-filmmaker Utpal Borpujari says the myth of Mayong needs to be studied from a scientific point of view. "Isn't it amazing that a biz (witch doctor) casts a spell and a bell-metal dish stick to the back of a man sitting upright, defying the law of gravity? I saw this with my own eyes." This former journalist has now decided to put Mayong on celluloid in a film called 'Mayong: Myth/Reality'. (http://youtu.be/T-fHPRt0LOI)
The irony is that many had traveled to Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, famed for its one-horned rhino population, without knowing they had passed through Mayong," he says.
Incidentally, Assamese author Sushil Rajkhowa's book, 'Rinkur Rajsabha Part I', too, is inspired by the magic practiced in Mayong. Rajkhowa says there is a mine of historical texts in Mayong that has not been tapped. Borpujari too confirms this.
"I saw many texts, written on paper or bark, in a museum in Mayong and in the homes of villagers. Almost every family has inherited texts on magic from their ancestors, which they have either preserved or destroyed out of fear of these falling into the wrong hands. Most people here are very secretive about their art and don't
reveal it to strangers. Many spells have passed down generations orally and not in the written form. Now, the National Mission for Manuscripts, a wing of the Union ministry of culture, has undertaken a project in association with Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, Guwahati, to preserve manuscripts dealing with magic and the history of Mayong," Borpujari says.
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How to Reach Mayong
By road: On the way to Pobitora Wild Life Sanctuary- 65.1 km - about 1 hour 10 minutes