The Temiars of the Puyan River, Vol. 1: History, Culture and Situation of the Orang Asli of Pos Gob

DAVID P. QUINTON born in England, in 1977, was introduced to the Malay communities of Kelantan in Malaysia when he was only 19 years old. He spent four years, from 1999–2003, reviving a cottage industry at Kampung Mambung, a small village producing pottery, upriver from Kuala Krai. In 2007, he made his first acquaintance with the Temiar people, at Kuala Betis, on the slow-moving Nenggiri River. Later, in 2010, he drove up the dirt roads to reach the hinterland Temiars of Pos Simpor and Pos Gob.

David P. Quinton (First published, 2022)
206 pages including Bibliography


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ISBN: 9781739134419 Product ID: 36515 Subjects: , , Sub-subjects: , ,

The Temiars of the Puyan River is the story of a Temiar community in the Kelantan hinterland. Never before has it been told in such detail and clarity, even though anthropologists have been intrigued with the Temiars for over a hundred years. It is a story of their survival in the deep rain forest of the Malayan Peninsula, from time immemorial to the present, living according to a ritual and social system taught to them through dreams, whereby they could placate the adverse spiritual entities of the wild and live peaceably as part of a strong ethnic group. Their dependence on natural resources has bonded them to the forest for millennia, and this is the lifestyle they seek to preserve today. Ten years of interaction with these true guardians of the forest has enabled David P. Quinton to piece together the facets of an unseen belief system and learn what makes them at one with their environment. He has also uncovered a wealth of knowledge that the Temiars possess of natural species and their uses.

In Volume 1, readers are presented with an immersive exploration of the life and culture of the Temiars. The book delves into their unique way of life, which centers around a profound connection with nature, as well as their adherence to strict taboos and their reliance on dream guides and spiritually adept leaders. Quinton also provides a detailed account of the practical methods used by the Temiars for sustenance, which include foraging and hunting in their unspoiled environment. The author’s passion for the subject is reflected in his own photographs, which provide a vivid and authentic look at the Temiars’ day-to-day lives. Additionally, the book contains a comprehensive list of over 1000 species from the plant and animal kingdoms known to the Temiars, offering a unique insight into their deep knowledge of the natural world. Overall, Volume 1 of Quinton’s book series provides a fascinating and comprehensive introduction to the unique culture and lifestyle of the Temiars.

Notes on the Temiar Language

1. Spiritual Harmony Among the Souls of the Wild
The Divide
Souls Of Nature: Animals
Souls Of Nature: Trees and Plants, Mountains and Rivers
Guardian Spirits of the Creation
Cənaal Nyʉk ʡAlʉj — Folktales of the Creator
The Hukom Code of Life
The Human Soul
Dream Life and Halaak Power
Ritual Dance and Invocation
Summary Of Soul Types Originating from the Wild

2. Temiar Taboos
Taboos Concerning Actions and Speech
Taboos Concerning Foods from the Wild
Taboos Concerning Human and Nature Odours
Sabat Animal Species and Associated Dangers
Sabat Danger Charts
• List of Sabat Animal and Fruit Species
• Non-Sabat Animals

3. The Old Homeland (pre-1950s)
Early Life in the Puyan Valley
Home Building
Foragers of the Forest
Shifting Cultivation
Hunting And Game
A Thousand Utilisations of Bamboo
Natural Resources
Dance And Festivals
Gender Roles
The First Temiars of the Puyan
Taak Gɛndow and the Tiger Attack
Jaak Senayih

4. Temiar Animal Trapping

Appendix I
Species of the forest known to the Temiars

List of Tables
Maps and Figures

Weight0.63 kg
Dimensions25.4 × 20.32 × 1.52 cm




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