Ma Bong (Thai 26: ม้าบ้อง, ม้าบอง), also known as Phi Ma Bong (ผีม้าบ้อง, "ghost of Ma Bong") is a supernatural being horse-like in northern Thai folklore. Ma Bong was generally described as a huge black horse with glowing red eyes, or half-human, half-horse formed. In some story Ma Bong appear only to the sound of horse galloping without being seen on a dark night on a deserted road or out of the countryside.
There are many stories told about Ma Bong, but the well-known story is the story of two young men who are friends, assuming their names Kham and Kaew. Every evening, the two friends usually go out to flirt with girls in different houses according to the traditional northern traditions called "Aew Sao" (แอ่วสาว). One day, Kaew wondered about the behavior of Kham, who always asks to part with him to another path. So Kaew secretly stalked him and found Kham were hungryly licking the skull and carcass of a buffalo in the grove on the side of the road. He was shocked and was sure that his friend had become a spirit creature Ma Bong.
Following day, so he told his master mage monk to ask for help. The monk suggested Kaew rubbed chili peppers on the buffalo's skull and throw the magical eggs along the way he went back home and turned the ladder of his house upside-down. He had followed the instructions, with a spicy flavour, Ma Bong became angry and chased after him. But when it encountered the eggs that Kaew left on the way, it stopped and turned to lick these eggs instead. So he had this opportunity to run away home. When the Ma Bong reached his house with the stair upside-down, it murmured "right house, wrong ladder, right house, wrong ladder", repeatedy. It wandered around his house for a while before leaving.
In the morning, Kaew rushed to Kham's house, and found him dead. Some say that he found the whole carcass of a dead horse.
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