Magic in the Malay World

By Mohd Izzuddin Ramli

January 2018 FEATURE
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The difference between divination and the divine is a fine one.South-East Asia is a region with strong beliefs in the spirit world, blending modern rationality and traditional knowledge. There is great reciprocity between the seen and the unseen – from spells to win back an errant lover to communing with the spirits, raising crops, curing illnesses and cursing enemies, magic is everyday practice for some of its polyglot inhabitants.Naim Marjani, a traditional kuda kepang maker, demonstrating how a puppet is...

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Mohd Izzuddin Ramli