Odd Rock Covered in Unidentifiable Hieroglyphics Rumored to Cast Spells

Odd Rock Covered in Unidentifiable Hieroglyphics Rumored to Cast Spells


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!


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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… Read more »

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?
Seecomment image for similar.

Looks like constellations to me.

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 =)

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.

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).

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… Read more »

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.

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… Read more »

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.