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Mayong: Exploring the Enchanting Land of Magic and Mystery of Assam

01 Jun,2023 04:00 PM, by: Anushthatri Sharma
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Deep within the mystical state of Assam, nestled amidst the lush greenery and meandering rivers, lies a place shrouded in legends and ancient secrets called- Mayong, situated at a distance of approximately 40 km from Guwahati, in the Morigaon district of Assam. Known for its traditions of magical practices, the village is also a popular site for visitors because of the Pobitora National Park, home to a large number of one-horned rhinos. The village has captivated the imagination of people for centuries with its tales of sorcery, magic, and supernatural phenomena.

The construction of popular narratives about a place is sometimes driven by an overuse of popular tropes, which delegitimizes and silences the local community’s own interpretations of their history and culture. A Google search on ‘Mayong’ opens results such as ‘India’s Black Magic Capital’, ‘Land of Black Magic’, and so on, where the words ‘black’, ‘occult’, and ‘spooky’ take connotative precedence.

Here, we embark on a journey to unravel the mysteries of Mayong and discover the enchanting world that has earned it the title of "The Land of Black Magic."

A Glimpse into the Past:

Mayong's history is steeped in antiquity, dating back thousands of years. It is believed to have been a center of occult practices and mysticism since ancient times. The village derives its name from the Sanskrit word "Maya," meaning illusion, which aptly captures the essence of the place. According to one belief system, the name Mayong may have been derived from ‘Ma-anga’, “ma” meaning mother and “anga” meaning body part, specifically the female organ “yoni” of the mother goddess.

Legend has it that Mayong was once a hub of tantric rituals, where practitioners delved into the esoteric arts to acquire supernatural powers and control over the elements.

Legends and Tales:

Mayong is teeming with fascinating folklore and tales that have been passed down through generations. These stories paint a vivid picture of the village's mystical reputation. From men transforming into animals, and magical battles between sorcerers, to enchanted objects and mysterious disappearances, Mayong has it all. These legends have given birth to the notion that Mayong possesses an otherworldly charm, making it a magnet for those seeking the arcane arts.

The Art of Mayong:


Mayong is renowned for its practitioners of traditional magic, known as "Ojhas" (ওজা) or "Bezs" (বেজ/বৈদ). These sorcerers believed to possess supernatural powers, have inherited the ancient knowledge and secrets of Mayong's occult practices. The Ojhas employ a wide range of rituals, spells, and herbal remedies to heal, protect, and even harm. From casting spells for love, prosperity, and protection to warding off evil spirits and curses, the Ojhas play a vital role in the lives of the villagers.

Museum of Ancient Artifacts:


To gain a deeper understanding of Mayong's mystical heritage, a visit to the Mayong Village Museum and Research Centre is a must. The museum showcases a fascinating collection of ancient manuscripts, spell books, artifacts, and instruments associated with magic and witchcraft. Exploring these exhibits provides a glimpse into the ancient practices and rituals that have shaped Mayong's occult culture.

Modern Perspectives:

In today's rapidly modernizing world, Mayong continues to be a place where ancient traditions and beliefs coexist with contemporary lifestyles. The village attracts curious visitors, researchers, and scholars from around the world, eager to explore its magical legacy. The allure of Mayong has also extended to popular culture, with its influence seen in books, and films, further perpetuating its mystical reputation.

Preserving the Legacy:


Efforts are being made to preserve and promote Mayong's rich occult heritage. The government of Assam has recognized the village as a hub of traditional knowledge and is taking steps to develop it as a center for occult tourism and research. Cultural festivals and events showcasing Mayong's traditions and folklore are organized to keep the ancient customs alive and create awareness about the village's unique cultural significance.

Mayong, the land of magic and mystery, continues to fascinate and intrigue with its ancient tales and occult practices. It stands as a testament to the deep-rooted belief systems and mystical traditions that have shaped Assam's cultural landscape. There is a prevailing sense of history and collective memory amongst the villagers of Mayong in spite of the exotic portrayal of the area as a land of black magic and witchcraft in the popular imagination. The idea of Mayong as a ‘dangerous place’ is accepted by the community as part of the grand narrative of Assam, though it might not necessarily be representative of the collective past of Mayong.

 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author's. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of The Critical Script or its editor.

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