Malay Personalities

Like traditional arts and crafts elsewhere, those in Malaysia have invariably depended for their survival considerably upon the initiative as well as energy of selected individuals. This is particularly the case with the Malay traditions of performing arts and literature. Many names come to mind, but due to the lack of proper documentation and research,(…)

Malay Beliefs

The cultural history of the Malays over the past several thousand years has seen them pass from an animistic base through Hinduism and Buddhism, to Islam and following that to Western-style modernization. The influence of animism is ubiquitous, serving as a basis for traditional Malay culture, its inherent taboos and superstitions such as those connected(…)

Malay Games and Pastimes

Apart from the traditional performing arts and fine arts, noteworthy Malay games and pastimes include kite flying, the martial arts collectively known as silat, top-spinning, congkak and sepak takraw. In addition there are a number of lesser games played indoors as well as outdoors. Yet these games and pastimes of the Malays are not always(…)

Malay History

The history of The Malays, a race of peoples inhabiting the Malay peninsula and parts of Southeast Asia is not very ancient. Most studies link the development of the Malays to several waves of movement down the Malay peninsula from Yunnan in China, with the date 2000 B.C. marking the arrival of the modern Malays.(…)

Malays Arts And Crafts

Malays Arts And Crafts

The wide range of traditional Malay handicrafts, may be classified according to materials used and technique employed in their production into the following categories: Textiles, Weaving of various types of leaves and plants, Pottery, Wood-Craft Embroidery and Metal craft or according to usage. One of the most important ways in which arts and crafts are(…)

Malay Custom And Traditions

Although Islam has long been the religion of the Malays, their animistic and Hindu past has had strong influences upon the Malay heritage. This is evident in many of their traditional beliefs, customs and rituals, as well as in manifestations of artistic expression. Traditional practices and customary law (adat) remain important in ceremonial situations. The(…)