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Odd Rock Covered in Unidentifiable Hieroglyphics Rumored to Cast Spells

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A massive rock donated to the Hung Kings Temple in the Vietnamese province of Phu Tho, might be more than just a strangely decorated paper weight.

The massive stone which has been put on display at the Thuong Temple is approximately 50 centimeters high and has been carved in the shape of a sail, but it’s the designs on the stone that have caught the attention and imagination of nearly everyone who lays eyes on it.

The relic was donated to the temple in 2009 by a man named Kham and at the time was restored back to its original state. That’s when things got strange.

It was then that the Hung Kings Temple bored management discovered that the stone was covered from top to bottom in a series of strange unidentifiable gold hieroglyphics. Since then the relic has been added to pillar in the temple for viewing.

Not everyone is so impressed though. Local Phu Tho residents believe the rock itself has the ability to cast a strange enchantment and many are keeping their distance from the temple altogether.

Unfortunately not much else is known about the strange rock or the ancient symbols covering its entire surface. Currently the province is compiling a scientific committee with the intention of studying the strange rock with the hopes of finding some answers regarding where it came from and what the strange markings might mean.

The findings are slated to be released after this year’s temple festival.

So, what the heck is it? A star map? Some kind of tool? Or is it just some really bored guy a few hundred years ago? We want to know what you think! Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook page, tweet us @WhoForted, or leave a comment below!

Dana Matthews
Dana Newkirk is a co-creator and regular contributor to WF? 'Zine. Dana hosted the internationally syndicated television series The Girly Ghost Hunters, which originally aired on the Space Channel in Canada. It was pretty terrible. If you so choose, you can catch the reruns on Sunday mornings around 4:30am on channel 44. Her main interests lie within the genre of vintage fringe, though she has been known to stand awkwardly in the background of many Who Forted videos.
Dana Matthews

10 Comments

  1. alanborky

    04/17/2013 at 2:27 PM

    Dana you mention a star map and as soon as I saw it I immediately thought star chart nor does that idea necessarily conflict with the locals’ idea it’s under some sort of enchantment.

    A possible key to what might be going on is acupuncture/chi points/meridians.

    Most people think chi’s only supposed to flow through living things but at its most esoteric even the stars in the sky can be considered chi points constellations meridians.

    This can also apply to inanimate objects like rocks epecially enchanted ones which can have chi points and meridians of their own as well as function as chi points along meridians in the landscape.

    They can also act as ‘needles’ for stimulating chi of course.

    But these sorts of ideas especially that rocks can be life forms aren’t exclusive to Asia.

    We recently had the case of the African businessman who bought a wish granting goblin in the form of an enchanted rock which blew him and his apartment block up during the conjurations.

    And there’s many a traditional Irish tale where half the time they seem to be talking about a walking talking member of the little people the other half a truculent pulsating rock.

    The same idea I suggest’s also contained in the traditions which have Solomon incarcerating jinn etc in various items and Padmasambhava doing something similar in Tibet.

  2. Chris Woodyard

    04/20/2013 at 8:32 AM

    My first thought was also acupuncture meridian charts. It almost looks like a stout torso marked as a teaching/demonstration aid. Is there any indication that the stone has been cut? Was a sculptured head or perhaps limbs cut off?
    See http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d2/ChineseMedecine.JPG for similar.

  3. SylverWyrd

    04/20/2013 at 9:10 AM

    Looks like constellations to me.

  4. Mr. Nobody

    04/21/2013 at 12:22 AM

    A closer picture might reveal detail. Could be imagining things
    but I believe at the center of one one of the “glyphs” (using that
    term loosely)i s an ancient version of the swastika, in the original
    context of the far east and Buddhism and Hinduism. Its location
    at the “heart” of the glyph suggests to me a relation akin
    to astronomy / astrology and use in animistic divination rituals.
    Again hard to tell without a close up view =)

  5. pearl nestor

    04/21/2013 at 3:06 AM

    It really does strike me as a map of some kind. Not even a map of the stars but something here on Earth. That’s the feeling I got when I first saw it.

  6. Michael

    04/21/2013 at 10:03 PM

    Looks like angelic script or other diagrams that you typically see in Kabbalah. The connected circles are a tip off. Some might be letters or symbols, others diagrams of structures or arrangements of objects for ceremonies. It could just be a hoaxster who got a modern book on Kabbalah and made stuff up. Much of that info is public now (though the good stuff is still kept secret, I am pretty certain).

    • S.

      04/22/2013 at 7:30 AM

      The only Qabalistic diagram that has the connected circles is the Otz Chiim or the Tree of Life. It’s the glyph that forms that represents the universe, life, reality, etc. in the Qabalistic worldview. While there are modern renditions of the Tree of Life that interconnect and repeat there isn’t anything on the rock that really looks like it.

      The angelic scripts that I’m aware of are those used by Paracelsus and Dee/Kelley. Qabalah typically just uses the Hebrew alphabet- there isn’t a secret Qabalistic alphabet unless you consider the wider Qabalistic implications of the Hebrew alphabet that you have to memorize and familiarize yourself with secret.

      While I can’t speak for actual Jewish Qabalah, and don’t particularly care, the secrets of Hermetic Qabalah are free to the public. If it’s secret it’s because it takes experience, detemination, and study to understand.

      • Michael

        05/05/2013 at 7:38 PM

        Note: there is only one Kabbalah, and that is within the Jewish mystical tradition. All others are heretical copy-cats. In hermetic literature, which I believe is mostly Greek or Latin, why would they name their belief system with a Hebrew term? They would only do so if their teachings were stolen or are some means of attempting to ascribe a false antiquity to them.

        • S.

          05/05/2013 at 8:30 PM

          Note: Jewish orthodoxy and concepts of heresy means dick to me and most people on this planet.

          Qabalah most likely originated with Pythagorean theories about the universe that were discovered by Jewish scholars in Alexandria. Let me make this clear the “orthodox” Jewish brand of Qabalah relies very little on any sort of diagram and mostly consists of language games such as gematria. (There’s your great mysterious secret language.) The Otz Chiim, which the other diagram you were pretending to know something about, plays a much more central role in modern, Hermetically influenced, Qabalah. You are incredibly ignorant and I’d recommend knowing what you’re talking about rather than pretending to be privy to “great secrets.”

          Your point about language is nonsense. And your earier point that “circle and lines must be Qabalistic” was as well. You should either be more clear or not argue with those that know more than you.

  7. R.A.

    06/13/2013 at 9:10 AM

    The article mentions a few times that the stone was “returned to its original state” and that was when the markings were first noticed. What exactly does that mean? Was it covered in paint or something? What state was it in when the museum received it, and how did they know it had an original state to return to, and is there any information or speculation as to why the stone was altered from its original state in the first place; an alteration that presumably concealed these curious markings?
    Addressing these questions may assist in identifying the markings themselves.

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