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Keris and other Malay Weapons available in Paperback
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- Antique Collector's Club
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.
|Publisher:||Antique Collector's Club|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
Table of Contents
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
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