The Circumstances of Malay Life

The Circumstances of Malay Life

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ... gold or bound round and round with gold tinsel; it may have a fine gold fringe2 along its lower edge; one end is upturned; an erect aigrette3 is tucked above it, from which hang pendants4 of tinsel or fine gold filigree. It is worn in Perak by the Raja Muda (and, I believe, by the Sultan) on the occasion of his installation: a fashion which, in conjunction with the jewellery of the Perak Court, shows the remarkable continuity of custom inherited by Perak from the usages of the court of the old kingdom of Malacca: the same tradition obtains, of course, in Johore and Pahang, but circumstances have given these countries little opportunity of conserving it intact. The "Malay Annals " are quite clear on the point: "Every candidate for installation got a change of costume; a candidate for the office of bendahara, five trays-full--one containing a coat, one a skirt, one a turban (destar), one a scarf, one a waist-cloth; sons of rajas, viziers and men of princely rank (kshatriya) fcmr trays-full, the waist-cloth omitted; court attendants warriors, three trays-full--namely, skirt, coat and turban. After they had donned this costume, attendants adjusted a frontlet on their brows and armlets on the upper arm, because all candidates wore armlets according to rank: some armlets decorated with dragons, full of charms and enchantments, some jewelled armlets, some armlets with projecting ends, some in the form of a blue ring, some silver armlets, some a pair, some a single armlet." 1 Kopiah. J Rlsam. 3 Kopiah Arab. Bangkok. 'Tlrendali bentan. 1 Dletar. (How Persian and Arabian influence worked its way into a Court may be seen from Mr. Wilkinson's Introduction to The Ninety-nine Laws of Perak in this series). Mr. Skeat says it is also called...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236499212
  • 9781236499219