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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Myth and The Magic of Keris

The Myth and The Magic of Keris

Weapons have played one of the most important roles in human history… from the longbows of the British to the long range of the canons of the Ottomans and the ‘nihonto’ (sword) of the Japanese samurai. For the people of the Malay Archipelago, the Keris, an asymmetrical dagger, represents more than just its effectiveness in battle. Each Keris is seen as a living objects… a conduit to another realm, and thereby bestowing its owner with ‘supernatural’ powers. Come on a journey and discover the mysterious world of kings and worriors… of heroes and villains… of myth and legend. Learn how a ‘special’ keris blade is created, and listen to the unique stories and beliefs of a distinctive culture. Today, the Keris stands as a symbol of peace, wisdom and justice to the modern  Malays.

Video: Keris Documentary

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pencak Silat in Indonesia

In Indonesia, the "pencak silat" used to indicate more than 800 martial arts schools and styles spread across more than 13,000 islands.. However, this is actually a compound name consisting of two terms used in different regions.  Pencak Silat was chosen in 1948 as a unifying term for the Indonesian fighting styles. It was a compound of the two most commonly used words for martial arts in Indonesia. Pencak was the term used in central and east Java, while Silat was used in Sumatra and Borneo. In modern usage, Pencak and Silat are seen as being two aspects of the same practice. Pencak is the performance aspects of the martial art, while Silat is the essence of the fighting and self-defense.

Pencak Silat - The Fighting Arts of Indonesia

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