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Keris and other Malay Weapons

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A new edition of a classic on Malay weaponry and war, originally published in 1936 in an extremely limited printing now virtually impossible to find. In addition to his work in description and classification of all sorts of Malay weaponry, Gardner spent significant effort in discussions on the origin of the keris (or kris) and its close association with occult beliefs among Malays, an interest of Gardner's which was to have a huge effect on him, later in life.

Following his retirement from the British Civil Service in Malaya, not long after the original publication of this book, Gardner returned to the UK, where he focussed his interests on magic and witchcraft, his writings and efforts eventually serving to revive the tradition. Garner is considered by many to be the 'Father of the Wicca Movement'.

This book will be of interest to all who wish to understand the timeless link between weaponry and warfare, superstition and magic, in the greater Malay world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789748304298
  • Publisher: Antique Collector's Club
  • Publication date: 4/16/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 K&ebreve;ris

I General 1

II Origin 4

III Blade 7

IV Hilt 12

V Sheath 18

VI Classification 23

VII Various 38

VIII Legends And Superstitions 42

IX The K&ebreve;ris Today 51

2 Daggers 53

3 Swords 56

4 Spears 72

5 Cannon 78

6 Small Arms 85

7 Bows and Arrows. Blowpipes 88

8 Miscellaneous Weapons. I. Old 91

Miscellaneous Weapons. II. Modern 99

9 Dayak Weapons 101

10 Appendices

A Malay Warfare 104

B Malay War Dress and Armour 107

C Malay Fortifications 111

D Invulnerability 114

11 Glossary 119

12 Bibliography 131

13 About the Author 132

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