The Black Left Hand of Taoist Sorcery :GONG TAU and Traditional Witchcraft both East and West




GONG TAU (降头 In Hokkien/Teochew/Cantonese) or JIANG TOU((降头In Mandarin) is a kind of  Traditionalist witchcraft prevalent in South East Asia. I will try, in my small way, to take a look at it here, as well as draw a few comparisons to Left Hand Practices here in the west.

Whenever someone is cursed , the Chinese Folks in South East Asia will refer it as “TIO GONG TAU” (中降头).

GONG TAU evolves from the fusion of Poison Magic Skills (GU-SHU) of Yunnan China and the Traditionalist Witchcraft / Black Magic of South East Asia ,which originated in India.

Most Traditionalist Witchcraft or Black Magic of different Cultures East and West look almost the same, but the rules are different and must be followed for the best results. They are just called by different names and different rituals are performed due to their unique religious influence, and yet, the land knows the rituals that have been worked upon it, and by working with the spirits of the land, you can learn much.

GONG TAU is often executed for the purpose of revenge or relationship matters and money issues.

The rituals of summoning Ghosts/Spirits/Demons by the Taoist Sorcerers whereby the typical style of using Paper Talismans to command ghosts/spirits/demons for the purpose of possessing, harming or disturbing the subjects. It is also popularly known as GONG TAU by the Chinese living in South East Asia.
In Taoist Black Magic, usually Paper Talismans alone with rituals are enough to summon ghosts / spirits and demons to hex the victims. However, to add personal power and also self-protection , the Chinese who migrate to other parts of South East Asia , such as Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia combine their own Taoist Black Magic Skills with whatever witchcraft is practiced in the area that they chose to settle down. This kind of combination of Taoist Magic and Witchcraft of S.E.A can be found in MAO SHAN SECT Practitioners, who settled down in South East Asia. The group of Chinese Folks of Mao-Shan-Sect (茅山派) that settled in Thailand is known as SIAM MAO SECT (暹茅派).


Taoist Sorcerers often need to also understand, study and research on the witchcraft practiced in the country that they had chosen to settled down, in order to create new Talismans and rituals to handle and counter-strike the Black Magic of the area. This is not as well covered here in the west, but I think it should be. If you move to New Orleans, for example, and you are a Practitioner, it is a good idea to gain an understanding of Hoodoo and Voodoo. This goes the same for Western North Carolina and Appalachian folk magic or Pennsylvania and Pow-wow, called Braucherei in Deitsch.  I could go on and on about this, but my point is learning the magic of the place that you live with increase your power and sense of flowing with the Geni Loci. Back to South East Asia…..

GONG TAU can be Spiritual Related or Non-Spiritual related..

1) Non-Spiritual Gong Tau means to have a direct consumption of the Evil Magic Concoction(GU DU) by the Victim. It is mixed in the food or in the drink for the victim to consume. The victim will be controlled or torture by the Black Magic Practitioner later at a far distance. In some cases, it is to let the Victim has a slow death. Modern Medicine has no cure on Black Magic Poison ( so far…). The only solution or antidote can only be requested from the Black Magic Master who cast the spell or from a Taoist Master well trained in Sorcery.


2) Spiritual Gong Tau means to cast the Gong Tau from a far distance, by ritual and spells. In order to do so, the Gong Tau Master need to have high level of spiritual power to execute it. The birth data , personal belongings or hair and finger nails are needed. The location of the targeted person has to be known as well.

Listed below are the popular Gong Tau most people come across:

Straw Effigy Gong Tau (草人降)
Straw Effigy is often used by Taoist Black Magicians as it is very cheap or free to obtain. A soul capturing mantra is recited to summon the soul of intended victim to be attached to the Straw Effigy. Needles are then stuck to the Straw Effigy to inflict pain and harm on the victim. Sorcerer with strong spiritual power can kill an intended victim living in another part of the world. This can be found in almost all traditions, East or West, and The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion By Caroline Skehill, can give you a number of examples. Definitely the most extraordinary examples of is this life-size straw effigy of King Alfred. Reminiscent of the terrifying final scene in cult classic The Wicker Man, it’s hard to get a sense of just how imposing and spooky this figure is without encountering it in person. All the more reason to check out British Folk Art at Tate Britain, and experience a branch of the arts that, despite generally being overlooked, often retains an ancient, even mystical sense of wonder. It can be found here:


GONG TAU OIL(降头油) – Corpse Oil
Gong Tau Oil is collected by using the fire of a candle to burn the skin of the chin of a dead woman. The oil collected is known as Gong Tau Oil. It is mainly used to make someone fall in love or lust. Women usually use Gong Tau Oil for relationship matter and Men usually used it to make girls/women want to have sex with him.Today it is comes mainly in the form of Nam Man Prai Oil or “Minyak Dagu” as it is known in Malay. This falls under the providence of Thai magic. Nam Man Prai Oil can also be purchased from on the net, but most if not all of it is snake oil. The price of this oil ranges from USD200~USD1200. Much info can be found on the Practice here :



GU Poison(蛊毒)- Black Magic Concoction Of Poison
Gu Poison is created by sealing several venomous creatures ( centipedes, snakes, scorpions, poisonous frogs, lizards etc) into a closed utensil, where they devoured one another and allegedly concentrated their toxins into a single survivor. GU Poison  is used for the purpose of manipulating sexual partners, creating malignant diseases, and causing death. Popular Example: Five Poisons Gong Tau(五毒降头) see this post for more info


Flying Head Gong Tau (飞头降)
The Black Magician detached it’s head at night and capable of flying about on its own. The head will glide in the sky searching for human blood.This stems from the Penanggalan or ‘Hantu Penanggal’, a ghost of Southeast Asian folk mythology. It is a variation of the vampire myth found in the Malay Peninsula, or as Balan-balan in Sabah. It is similar to the Manananggal, a similar creature of Filipino folklore. “Penanggal” or “Penanggalan” literally means “detach” or “remove”. Both terms—Manananggal and Penanggal—may carry the same meaning due to both languages being grouped or having a common root under the Austronesian language family, though the two creatures are culturally distinct in appearance and behavior. A good representation of this can be found here ( this guy is also an amazing Artist)



Menstrual Blood Gong Tau (经血降)
Menstrual Blood of a Girl/Woman is added to the food and consumed by the intended Victim. The intention of Menstrual Blood Magic is often to tie or bind a lover or sexual attraction. It is also often used by Maids from South East Asia to make the employers nicer or even listen to them.This make the perfect taglock, or magical link.

In hoodoo and some folk magic customs, a woman’s menstrual blood is considered vital to some types of magic. Jim Haskins says in his book Voodoo and Hoodoo that “to keep a man crazy about her and uninterested in wandering, a woman simply has to mix some of her menstrual blood into his food or drink.”


There are few choices of destroying the Gong Tau attacked on the individual.
The victim will seek the help from a Monk (Buddhist Faith), Bomoh ( Malay or Indonesian ) or Taoist Master. Sometime there will be a spiritual battle fought between the Gong Tau Master and the one engaged to destroy the Gong Tau. Often the best option is just to wipe out the Gong Tau on the victim without fighting a spiritual battle, if not, the chance of the Master being engaged might lose the battle and get killed. The spiritual battle is truly fighting spiritually with spells and rituals, without bodily combat.

Most Western Folks and also many English Educated Chinese and also Singaporeans are too Modernized and immediately condemn GONG TAU, Just as the man from New York with a Rolex thinks all that Santeria his Cuban cabdriver performs is bullshit – But when in Rome, you eat pasta and go to the Vatican.All I’m saying is that just from the Geni Loci you can and will be influenced . Always keep a Taoist Talisman close to You or get a Thai Buddhist Amulet ( also call as Takrut / Tangkar), whenever You are going to any Countries of South East Asia.

Stay Gold Everyone….

Sources and more information on the subject can be found at :The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion By Caroline Skehill,Voodoo and Hoodoo: The Craft as Revealed by Traditional Practitioners by: Jim Haskins , , ,

Art Work- Dolls-2015  Copyright- Vincent Piazza

The Black Left Hand of Taoist Sorcery :GONG TAU and Traditional Witchcraft both East and West was originally published on The Hidden Left Hand

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