Sleeping Buddha Fetish

In the Thai black arts (so-called “saiyasart”) it would be considered blasphemous to “load” a statue of the Buddha like this, but since it’s fairly common to do so in Santeria, Mexican brujeria, etc, I figured it would work fine for Hoodoo too – once a figure like the Buddha (or Jesus, for that matter) has been appropriated into another culture’s practice, he or she seems to just naturally operate under the different rules of that new context with no offense taken.

How to make a Sleeping Buddha hoodoo statue: Instructions

Anyway, what I did here was get an inexpensive bronze statue of the “Sleeping Buddha” and load the bottom with various sleep-inducing herbs & curios, including:

  • Chamomile
  • Hops
  • Catnip
  • Valerian
  • Lavender
  • A greek novelty coin depicting Hypnos, the god of sleep
  • A small sand-clock
  • a handcuff key (for some reason I like to put those in everything!)
  • Name paper and personal concerns (hair, nails, etc)

Meanwhile I burned a brazier of “dream” incense and a purple candle with “dream” oil on it, finally activating it with a spray of whiskey and a solemn reading of Psalm 4:

Answer me when I call to you,
 my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
 have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

How long will you people turn my glory into shame?
How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?
Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him.

Tremble and do not sin;
 when you are on your beds,
 search your hearts and be silent.
 Offer the sacrifices of the righteous and trust in the Lord.

Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?” 
Let the light of your face shine on us. 
Fill my heart with joy
 when their grain and new wine abound.

In peace I will lie down and sleep,
 for you alone, Lord,
 make me dwell in safety.

Since everyone who entered the room I prepared it in (my living room) began to yawn and nod off within a few minutes for the rest of the day, I rated the experiment a success –  but for the sake of my social life, it has since been moved to my bedroom.

Dr. Octopus

About Dr. Octopus

A 20-year practitioner of hoodoo, renowned spiritual worker Dr. Octopus is a Gnostic bishop, Kimbisero, expert on Thai necromantic amulets (so-called "barang") and licensed clinical Hypnotist. He likes rainy days and black coffee.

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