Monday, February 18, 2008

Kris Pekaka 1

This is also called Kris Patani or Kingfisher. This reference to the hilt, which may derived from the bird-herded Garuda, but it is often much more like demon, or one of the gods or demigods of the ‘wayang kulit’ , though they do not have such long noses.

It is worth remembering, however, that the ‘wayang kulit’ was, and still is very popular in Patani.

A form of hilt showing a demon head with the teeth and tusks and a long nose, though not a beak like the ‘kingfisher’ type. The Patani blade is fairly long, and may be almost or quite as long as a Keris bahari.
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