Malay Warriors

The rise of the Malay Empire of Melaka early in the 15th century and subsequently intervention by foreign powers in other states of Malaya led to the practice of the art of silat or self-defense by the local people. This led to the existence of trained and trustworthy Malay warriors as almost all sections of the community including villagers, royalty and women learned silat and mastered it. During this period many famous warriors arose, such as Hang Tuah, Hang Jebat, Panglima Awang, Datuk Bahaman, Mat Kilau, Dol Said, Tok Janggut, Mat Salleh, Datuk Maharaja Lela, Tok Gajah, Datuk Bentara Luar Johor,Tun Perak , Lt. Adnan Saidi and many more.

Left picture; The making of a keris is preceded by ceremonies, offerings, and magic formula to strengthen the belief that the keris has magical powers. Owners of a keris who believe in magical power conduct a ‘ merlimau ‘ ceremony to ‘ bathe ‘ their weapon on first friday of the month, with offerings consisting of selected flowers, rice, fruit, and incense to preserve its supernatural power.




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