The Keris (Malaysian, dagger) originated in tenth-century Java and can be found throughout Southeast Asia, particularly Malaysia and Indonesia.

The keris is a talismanic weapon- a sword or dagger with unique characteristics, carried by men and handed down from father to son, often through a great many generations. A new keris is made by a special artisan, known as an Empu.

The keris is not only a protective amulet, but is considered a mark of manhood.

A keris consists of several characteristics, depending on origin. The typical keris has either a wavy (Luk) or straight (Lurus) tapered triangular blade; the pattern of the blade determines the dagger’s magical properties. The hilt is often designed in the shape of a deity.

Malaysian man with keris

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djenar July 24, 2014 at 5:05 pm

In the present time, an actual keris has slightly confusing connotation for people in my country (Indonesia). Many people that holds keris, believe that it wields a magical power in many different forms, it can cure the sick, protect from bad luck or bad spirits, help you grant wishes, and even kill an enemy with magical power.

The more unbelieveable thing about keris in Indonesia is a method of getting them. 1 must do a ritual of chanting mantras until the keris magically appears in front of them (like literally).

But on different side of story, keris is still a symbol of royal bloodlines in some area of java (especially jogjakarta) and bali. A person who does marriage ritual or a rite of passage often wields keris as a symbol of wealth, luck, royal family and many other meanings. The wielder are always the guy.

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