Book

The Malay magician: being shaman, Saiva and Sufi

Routledge and Kegan PaulLondon • Published In 1961 • Pages:

By: Winstedt, Richard.

Abstract
This source is a study of magic as it exists in the Federation of Malay in general and more specifically as it exists in the Malay States of Kelantan, Perak, Pahang, Selangor and Negri Sembilan. Some references are also made to the magic of Patani, a northern Malay State belonging to Siam. Tied up with the concept of magic is the Malay magician, and his many functions and roles in the society are discussed in detail, with special emphasis on his activities in weather control, curing of the sick, instruction in the 'correct' pronouncement of spells and in the 'proper' method of sacrifice, and finally in his capacity as a dealer in magical charms and amulets to solace unhappy lovers. In addition to the above, information is also to be found on animism, gods, spirits and ghosts, the effects of Hinduism on Malay religion and magic, the ritual of the rice-field, and shamanistic séances, and sacrifices. Two appendices present the native texts of passages quoted throughout this source, and additional notes on various aspects of Malay culture not fully discussed in the text. The author's general orientation in this work seems to be to employ historical and comparative data to disentangle the pagan, Hindu and Moslem elements one from another in a complex system of magic.
Subjects
Magical and mental therapy
Priesthood
Shamans and psychotherapists
General character of religion
Revelation and divination
Magic
Spirits and gods
Prayers and sacrifices
Mythology
Organized ceremonial
Medical personnel
Sacred objects and places
Animism
Verbal arts
culture
Malays
HRAF PubDate
2010
Region
Asia
Sub Region
Southeast Asia
Document Type
Book
Evaluation
Government Official-4,5
Analyst
John Beierle ; 1963
Coverage Date
1900-1951
Coverage Place
Malaysia
Notes
[by] Richard Winstedt
Includes bibliographical references and index
LCCN
83123502
LCSH
Malays (Asian people)