Of war and weapons

When a man is out in the wars his pillows and
sleeping-mat at home have to be kept rolled up. If
any one else were to use them the absent warrior’s
courage would fail, and disaster would befall him (tertentu-
lah kachcut hati tuan-nya yang di p’rang itzt,
datang-lah mara). His wife and children must not
have their hair cut (ta buleh potong rambut atau berandam)
during his absence, nor may he himself. Strict
chastity must be observed in a stockade, or the bullets
of the garrison will lose their power (peluru jinak di
kubu-nyot], and it is also forbidden to abuse or mock
at the enemy, or even at their weapons.
1
Bullets are frequently, if not always,
” charmed “
before being used, and their efficacy is supposed to be
increased thereby. The Orang Kaya Pahlawan, a
chief of some local notoriety in recent times, claimed to
be invulnerable (kebat) to the extent that nothing but
a silver bullet would hurt him.When a man is out in the wars his pillows and
sleeping-mat at home have to be kept rolled up. If
any one else were to use them the absent warrior’s
courage would fail, and disaster would befall him (tertentu-
lah kachcut hati tuan-nya yang di p’rang itzt,
datang-lah mara). His wife and children must not
have their hair cut (ta buleh potong rambut atau berandam)
during his absence, nor may he himself. Strict
chastity must be observed in a stockade, or the bullets
of the garrison will lose their power (peluru jinak di
kubu-nyot], and it is also forbidden to abuse or mock
at the enemy, or even at their weapons.
1
Bullets are frequently, if not always,
” charmed “
before being used, and their efficacy is supposed to be
increased thereby. The Orang Kaya Pahlawan, a
chief of some local notoriety in recent times, claimed to
be invulnerable (kebat) to the extent that nothing but
a silver bullet would hurt him.

“When a man is out in the wars, his pillows and sleeping-mat at home have to be kept rolled up. If any one else were to use them the absent warrior’s courage would fail, and disaster would befall him (tertentu-lah kachcut hati tuan-nya yang di prang itu, datang-lah mara). His wife and children must not have their hair cut (tak buleh potong rambut atau berandam) during his absence, nor may he himself.

“Strict chastity must be observed in a stockade, or the bullets of the garrison will lose their power (peluru jinak dikubu-nyot), and it is also forbidden to abuse or mock at the enemy, or even at their weapons.

“Bullets are frequently, if not always, ‘charmed’ before being used, and their efficacy is supposed to be increased thereby. The Orang Kaya Pahlawan, a chief of some local notoriety in recent times, claimed to be invulnerable (kebal) to the extent that nothing but a silver bullet would hurt him.”

Source: Walter William Skeat. MALAY MAGIC: An Introduction To The Folklore and Popular Religion Of The Malay Peninsular. London: MacMillan & Co. Ltd. 1900.

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