The Temiars of the Puyan River, Vol. 2: 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)
212 pages including Bibliography


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ISBN: 9781739134426 Product ID: 36516 Subjects: , , Sub-subjects: , ,

The Temiars of the Puyan River, Vol. 2 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.

Volume 2 of David P. Quinton’s books delves into the origins of the Puyan River Temiars, providing detailed maps with GPS plotting to show hundreds of their old settlements, mountains, and rivers. The book also highlights the Communist Insurgency of the 1950s–1970s and how it disrupted the peaceful equilibrium of the Temiars, along with the widespread logging and introduction of new religions that have challenged their way of life. Additionally, the book catalogues almost 100 herbal medicines with colourful pictures and their uses, showcasing the Temiars’ extensive knowledge of their natural environment. Finally, Volume 2 contains a categorised list of 1000 place names from the Puyan Valley, providing insight into the region’s history and culture.


5. Herbal Medicines of the Temiar

6. Sakaak: Temiar Customary Land
A Definition of Sakaak
The Origins of Place Names in the Puyan Valley
• Our Investigation of Primary Names
• Categorisation of Name Origins

7. Origins and Ancestry of the Puyan Temiars
Kampuŋ Tɛmagaak
• Tɛmagaak: Taak Galoŋ
• Tɛmagaak: Taak Kərundὀŋ
• Tɛmagaak: ʡAmpís Galoŋ
• Tɛmagaak: ʡAlon kAmpis
• Tɛmagaak: Gendow Kərundoŋ
• Tɛmagaak: Taak Tawix
• Tɛmagaak: Gəslas Mɛndol
• Tɛmagaak: Taak Garoɲ
• Tɛmagaak: Taak Jərɛŋkaŋ
Kampuŋ Pos Gɔɔb
• Gɔɔb: ʡAmpís Galoŋ
• Gɔɔb: Panda Tərὀŋ
• Gɔɔb: Taak Ramὀy
• Gɔɔb: Taak Ranah
• Gɔɔb: Taak Bədax
• Gɔɔb: Taak Pəhɛɛŋ
• Gɔɔb: Taak ʡAwih
• Gɔɔb: Taak Buŋaak
Kampuŋ Pinaŋ
• Pinaŋ: Taak Kabɛl
• Pinaŋ: Taak Bəjun
• Pinaŋ: Taak Kənaŋlow
• Pinaŋ: Taak Gas
Kampuŋ Gawíín

8. The Communist Insurgency
Fear, Anxiety and the Aerial Bombing
The Gathering and Relocation
The Fort at Gɔɔb
Contact with the Communists

9. Settlements in the Post-war Era
Kampuŋ Tɛmagaak
Kampuŋ Pos Gɔɔb
Kampuŋ Pinaŋ
Kampuŋ Gawíín
Schooling And Early Healthcare
Tigers at the Puyan

10. The History of Logging in the Puyan Valley
“Since The 1980s”
The Logging of the Puyan
Damage to Properties Caused by Logging Activities
The Temiars’ Response to Twenty Years of Logging

11. The Puyan Temiars in the Present Day
The Temiars and Their Land
Forces Changing the Temiar Way of Life

Appendix II
List of Place Names in the Pos Gɔɔb Territory
• Group 1: Natural Species I
• Group 1: Natural Species II
• Group 2: Animal Species
• Group 3: Environmental
• Group 4: Human Factors
• Group 5: Non-Human Factors

List of Tables
List of Maps and Figures

Weight0.576 kg
Dimensions25.4 × 20.32 × 1.52 cm




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