Mysterious Origins

Phra Ngang Amulet, author's collection

Phra Ngang Amulet by Ajarn Khon Sak, author’s personal collection

An enigmatic figure of mysterious origin, Phra Ngang has been variously explained as:

  1. An unconsecrated Buddha statue soaked with the blood of fallen Thai troops in a historical battle
  2. A mischievous Cambodian mountain spirit who achieved partial enlightenment
  3. A paranormal entity from another dimension (like a Djinn, or a “shadow person”)

So is Phra Ngang a slain Siamese solder, a curious Khmer elf or something else entirely?

While we can’t say for sure, what does seem clear is that “Phra Ngang” isn’t just a single being – rather, ngangs form a tribe with their own quirky temperaments, effective as individuals but exponentially more so when they operate as a collective.

Unlike many devas, the more ngangs you gather in a single location, the livelier the entire group becomes – which may be why some devotees chose to enshrine more than one.