If there were no Malays, who would the Semai be?
pluralism in malaysia: myth and reality • (7) • Published In 1975 • Pages: 50-64
By: Dentan, Robert Knox.
AbstractThe central consideration of this source is ”how Semai come to include some of their fellows as sen'oi hii' (“we people”) and to exclude others as mai (“they”)” (p. 50). In analyzing this question the author makes reference to the Semai grammar and counting systems and contends that a tripartite classification underlying these systems also underlies Semai world view and notions of ethnicity. The author concludes that Semai notions of “we people” are describable as a three-tiered extension of ego's self identity.
- HRAF PubDate
- Sub Region
- Southeast Asia
- Document Type
- Gerald Reid; 1989
- Coverage Date
- Coverage Place
- Perak and Pahang, Malaysia
- Robert Knox Dentan
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 62-64)
- Senoi (Southeast Asian people)