Black magic has traditionally referred to the use of supernatural powers or magic for evil and selfish purposes. Some find that the definition of “black magic” has been convoluted by people who define magic or ritualistic practices that they disapprove of as “black magic.” Over the years the little village of Mayong in Assam has become a popular tourist spot. What makes this otherwise quiet and popular is its black magic and witchcraft. Local folklore and ancient scriptures such as the Mahabharata validate Mayong’s connection with black magic. And also, archaeological findings of weapons and sharp objects suggest human sacrifices as well. Did that give you goosebumps? Sure it would have.
Mayong a place of Black Magic and Witchcraft
Located on the banks of the Brahmaputra Mayong can be found around 40 kilometers away from Guwahati, the beautiful Morigaon district. This untouched village has been the center of black magic and sorcery in India for centuries. Here witchcraft, sorcery, and necromancy were not just practiced but passed down over generations. Although Indian society never accepts black magic and witchcraft, in this little village it is not only accepted but even celebrated.
According to the locals, the place got its name from the Sanskrit word Maya, which means illusion. Indeed, Mayong’s magic is used both for destructive and palliative purposes. People have come across many claims of a man being transformed into a wild beast, or a man-made to bleat like a goat. Science cannot explain everything. Not all of us have the capacity to assess the power of the unknown.
History of Mayong
During the course of history, Mughal armies feared them. Not the armies of Assam, but the power of black magic that was contained in Mayong. The Alamgir Nama, that chronicles Aurangzeb’s reign, while talking about an invasion by Muhammad Shah in 1332 with one lakh horsemen, says, “The whole army perished in that land of witchcraft, and not a trace was left.”
There are all sorts of famous, creepy stories about the place. Such as people disappearing into thin air, men being turned into animals, wild beasts being tamed magically, etc. Though there’s no clear evidence to all of this. The locals and elderly people here claim that they themselves have seen such things happen in Mayong. Therefore, regard these stories to be true. It is also said, the scriptures that have been found are said to contain knowledge that can turn anyone invincible but they haven’t been decoded yet.
Mayong is a village which is rich in wildlife, and thus a number of tourists flock to this place to see the animals. The Pobitara Wildlife Sanctuary, which is adjacent to the village is a major attraction. Apart from this, people visit Mayong to take part in a number of adventure sports, such as river sports and trekking. The place has a number of archaeological relics too. Thus, people who are interested in archaeology and history of the place can take a tour. Besides this, those interested in learning about the history of black magic can visit this place.
The best time to visit the place is from November to March when the weather remains most pleasant. The late summer could be hot and uncomfortable in the village.