Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Kris and Man

The Kris and Man
A man’s kris, his dagger is believed to represent him, thus giving him an important beyond its mere physical as a weapon.

Outwardly, the shape of the kris often represents a ‘naga’, or snake. Its hilt may be carved on ivory with ‘raksaksa’ (demon) images to drive away the evil spirits.

The grip on a nobleman’s kris holds gold, rubies, diamonds and sapphires. The blade is ridged and sharp, giving it a ‘wavy’ look.

The number of lok (wave or ridges) is usually seven or none but may be as high as thirty-one always an odd number because of it assures good luck.

Ornaments on the blade such as leaves, ‘garuda’, or ‘naga’ signify protection. Both handle and blade decorations use traditional designs.

The Javanese and Balinese believe that the kris has a soul of its own. Some are believed to have the power to talk, fly, turn into a snake, or even father human children.

If the blade is pointed at someone or inserted into the shadow or footprint of an intended victim, it is capable of killing that person.

Proper way for a man to wear a kris is at his back, fastened in the girdle, positioned so that the lower end of the sheath is on his left and the grip is above the girdle on his right.
The Kris and Man
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