Malay Life and Customs

R.O. WINSTEDT (b. 1878 – d. 1966) was an English Orientalist and colonial administrator with expertise in British Malaya.

R.J. WILKINSON (b. 1867 – d. 1941) was a British Colonial administrator, a scholar of Malay, and historian.

Volume 22 of the Silverfish Malaysian Classics Series

Silverfish Books (Republished, 2021)
257 pages

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Malay Life and Customs are divided into three subjects which comprise the principal incidents in the life of a Malay, some accounts of the conditions under which a Malay lives, and the observation and treatment of Malay amusements, based upon Malay life in Perak. The first series of pamphlets under the title “Papers on Malay Subjects”, sixteen in all, appeared between 1907 and 1911, under the general editorship of R.J. Wilkinson. Wilkinson himself wrote nine, four were by R.0. Winstedt, and the remaining three by C.W. Harrison, J. Rigby and G.E. Shaw. These works are not of a uniform standard, and more information is now available on the majority of the subjects, particularly as the series was conceived before Kedah, Perlis, Trengganu and Kelantan came under British influence. Nevertheless, the conception of the series was admirable, and in spite of their deficiency by modern standards, it remains the best single introduction to most things Malay.

PART I — THE INCIDENTS OF MALAY LIFE

Preface
Infancy
Childhood
Betrothal
Marriage
Adult Life
Sickness And Death
Concluding Notes

APPENDICES
I. Ante-Natal Ceremonies
II. Malay Lullabies
III. Circumcision
IV. Betrothal Verses

PART II — THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF MALAY LIFE

The Kampong
The House
Furniture
Dress
Food

APPENDICES
I. Kampong
II. The House
III. Dress
IV. Perak Wedding Costume
V. Pakaian Zaman Dahulu
VI. Pakaian Pengantin Di-Dalam Perak
VII. Notes

PART III — MALAY AMUSEMENTS

Preface
Children’s Games
Dances
Musical Plays
Indoor Games
Combats of Animals
Concluding Observations

APPENDICES
I. Nursery Rhymes
II. Children’s Games
III. Marbles (Main Guli or Main Jaka)
IV. Main “Seremban”
V. Malay Toys
VI. Words Sung in the “Blossom” Dance
VII. The Bandan Dance
VIII. A Description of a Hathrah
IX. The Dabus Dancers
X. Malay Chess

END-NOTES

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