For some folk etymologysts, Ngang means Fool. Phra Ngang, a Venerable Fool.
The immediate reaction would be to link it to our western concepts of madness and feel good to tie our “demented smurf” to the Tarot’s Fool, the Atu O.
The Thai Fool is a Yogi and owns Fool-ness by emptiness. Any Ajarn would tell you that the amulet used by the common man to find a love partner, is used by Him to control His Spiritual Status. Like in Anuttara Yoga Tantra.
Being an hermit or a khmer mountain deva, this adopted lersi Deity, teaches about purity and aspiration. The ideal partner do not just show us the range of our kleshas during the sadhana but also encompasses the crowning of the Work with the manifestation in human flesh of one of the Mahavidya’s Shaktis.
Poor Ngang is Holy not just by His power but also by His wisdom. His Fool-ness is full realization. OM JANTO APAGANTARO PHRA NGANG

About Manuel Congo

A renowned Palero, Babalawo, Ajarn and Hougan, Manuel Congo lives in rural Italy, where he spends most of his free time touring on his custom Harley Davidson. An avid ethnographer and noted expert on Italian witchcraft, Manuel has spent decades working for elite clients around the world, conducting investigations in locales as far-flung as Togo and Thailand. He enjoys rainy days, BBQ and blondes.

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