The Circumstances of Malay Life

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AMS Press, 1909 - Social Science - 90 pages
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Page 32 - Damaskes, and curious works of Porselyne from China and other places, but all manner of wares of velvet, Silke, Sattin, and such like, brought out of...
Page 66 - ... person would do well to pause, — too ravishing for mortal taste, she woundeth and excoriateth the lips that approach her. Like lovers' kisses, she biteth: she is a pleasure bordering on pain from the fierceness and insanity of her relish ; but she stoppeth at the palate...
Page 35 - We appear to the Sumatrans to have degenerated from the more splendid virtues of our predecessors. Even the richness of their laced suits, and the gravity of their perukes, attracted a degree of admiration ; and I have heard the disuse of the large hoops worn by the ladies, pathetically lamented. The quick, and to them inexplicable, revolutions of our fashions, are subject of much astonishment, and they naturally conclude, that those modes can have but little...
Page 5 - The durcan is another very excellent fruit, offensive to some people's noses, but when once tasted the smell vanishes; the skin is thick and yellow, and within is a pulp like thick cream in colour and consistence but more delicious in taste. They have coconuts in plenty and some grow in marishes that are overflown with the sea in spring tides. They have also plenty of lemons, oranges, limes, sugar-canes and mangoes. They have a species of mango called by the Dutch a atbiker, which is very offensive...
Page 40 - To this day, it is firmly credited by many of the Malays, that the elder brother of Abdul Syed was rejected from the Panghuluship solely on account of his inability to get his head through the neck of the vest, which is represented to be so small, as scarcely to admit of the insertion of two fingers.
Page 74 - Sultan has to wear these five things and to sit absolutely motionless while the baud plays a certain series of notes a certain number of times. Each series is called a man. The Sultan fixes the number of man that he can sit out, but the number should not exceed nine or be less than four. Any movement on the Sultan's part at this time would be extremely inauspicious.
Page 43 - ... before his limbs move; Round the waist a hundred spangles, Round the feet a thousand spangles, All about the body spangles, Larger spangles down the seams; Such the raiment of Sri Rama. Round his waist he wrapped a waist-band, Broad and long the flowered linen, With the fringe some thirty cubits: Thrice a day it changed its colour: In the morning dew-like tissue, Noon-day saw it turn to purple And at eve 'twas shining yellow: Such the raiment of Sri Rama.
Page 39 - Palembang. Men and women use a 'piece of cloth with many colours for wrapping round their head ; their back and breast are generally bare, but sometimes they have a jacket with short sleeves, which they put on over their heads; the lower part of their body is surrounded with a piece of cloth.
Page 11 - But some curious facts seem to show that however the difference of practice may have originated, it has now got as it were into the blood and may almost be regarded as a test of race, having often no traceable relation to local circumstances. The...
Page 13 - ... or palatial residences, the number of these roofs appropriate to each class is regulated by inexorable custom, and precisely the same is the case in Burma and Siam. No trace of such a system remains, so far as I know, in India proper. Yet, judging from the similar forms in Tibet and the Himalayas, from the evident imitation of them in the stone temples of Kashmir and from the sculptured cities in the basreliefs of Sanchi, I should guess that the custom was of Indian origin.

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