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ETHNIC GAMES & PASTIMES

Experience the Expressions of Communal Sharing

 

Malaysia's rich cultural heritage offers a wide range of traditional games and pastimes. In agrarian societies, these are activities enjoyed after working in the fields and orchards or during celebrations. Ranging from indoor and outdoor games to the martial as well as performing arts; these are expressions of communal sharing. Traditional games were usually played in the Kampung (villages) and are especially important to the rural Malays as well as other native communities. Today, many games and pastimes have been preserved in their original forms. There are also various cultural activities and festivals throughout the year where specific games and pastimes can be enjoyed by all.

 
  Silat - Malay Martial Arts

 

This fascinating Malay martial art is not just for self-defense, but is also a recognized as international sport. It is also a dance form engaging the flowery movements originally meant to mesmerize opponents. Silat has been known in the Malay Archipelago for centuries . In this art of self defense, the practitioner also develops spiritual strength that is in accordance with Islamic tenets, and is popular with Malay youths. Silat is also performed at Malay weddings and cultural festivals, where it is often accompanied by drums and gongs. There are various different types of Silat which serves different function for example Pencak Silat is the formal martial art of self defense whereas.

 

Seni Silat is the aesthetic martial art and is commonly played in certain occasion such as wedding and is called Silat Pulut. The performer is always in dark colour costume with a turban tie on the head and there is always background percussion orchestra along the performance. Two performers will be involve in a Silat section which both of them will normally start the ?fighting? in a slow motion in their gentle martial steps together with the hand gesture. Occasionally, a Keris (small dagger) may be used. Although it looks slow and gentle, one can be killed by this martial art.

 
  Sepak Raga

In this traditional ball game, also called Sepak Takraw a ball about the size of an open hand and made of woven strips of buluh bamboo or even rattan is kicked about with the legs or any part of the body except the lower hands.   There are two main types the original form is Sepak Raga Bulatan or a circle where the team tries to keep the ball aloft as long as possible. The modern Sepak Raga Jaring or net court form is now played in international competitions. The players will gather in a circle and game will begin with one of the player throw the rattan ball to another participant who stands opposite of him. Receiver can either kick, head or chest the ball for several time before sending it to another player as he wishes. It will be more interesting when any of the players able to keep the ball for a longer time without falling to the ground.

 
 
  Congkak

Congkak is a game of wit played by womenfolk in ancient times. This game is usually played by 2 girls sitting face to face on the ground, using rubber seeds, saga or small marbles as the seeds. Seeds are points for the players. Total seed used depends on the number of pit in the congkak set. Say, if there are 5 pits, the total seed in each pit will be five and so on. The left most is the ?Home? for the player. To start the game, player chooses to take all the seeds from one pit and place one at a time into another pit including the player?s Home, moving in clockwise. Seeds are not to be put in opponent?s Home. The game will carry on till all the pits on one side are empty. The winner is the player who captured the most seeds.   If the last seeds in a play is placed in the player?s Home, she will be granted another turn on the other hand, if the last seed is placed in an empty pit on her side of the board, she will capture the seeds in the opposite pit and place in her own Home.

 
  Wayang Kulit

The traditional ?shadow play? theatre is performed by casting animated puppet shadows on a white cloth screen. The puppet characters and stories were usually taken from ancient Indian epics.   The figures used are artistically made from buffalo hide and mounted on bamboo sticks. One person, a Tok Dalang or master storyteller, usually conducts the whole show from behind the screen as he recites the tale with appropriate sounds and movements.

 
  Kite / Wau Flying

 

A 'vent or local kite is known for its creative shapes and features. The bamboo frame of the wau usually measures 2 to 3.5 meters in length and is artistically decorated with local motifs in coloured paper. The most popular shape is the Wau Bulan (moon kite), where the tail of the kite is curved in a shape of a crescent moon. What used to be a post-harvest pastime among farmers, is now an international kite festival which draws participants from around the world.

 
  Top Spinning - Gasing

A traditional game requiring physical dexterity, timing and sometimes strength, or Malay top is made of metal or timber weighing as much as 5.5 kg and sometimes can be as big as a dinner plate. It is launched into a spin by quickly unfurling a rope wrapped around the body after which it is scooped off the ground using a wooden bat and transferred onto a low post with a metal receptacle. In competitions, skilful spinners can launch the Gasing to spin for hours, outlasting their opponents.

 
  Megagong

In Sabah, traditional brass or wooden percussion instruments form an integral part of ethnic music in ceremonies and festivals. Different communities may use a different complement of instruments. The KadazanDusun use a six gong ensemble while the Bajau include the kulintangan, a set of horizontal gongs, to accompany the performance.

 
  Sepak Manggis

An unusual outdoor game played by the tough Bajau and Iranun men in Sabah. Players face each other in a circle and aim to strike the bunga manggis floral carrier, which contains money, gifts or edibles. The manggis dangles from a 10m-high pole.

 
  Chingay

A lively performance displaying acrobatic skills originating from Malaysia's Chinese community, the chingay processions showcase performers balancing huge poles with enormous triangular flags on their foreheads, chins, lower jaws and shoulders, accompanied by drummers and bicycle artistes. While associated with festivals in Penang, other places in Malaysia also hold chingay parades.

 
  Chinese Opera

Another Chinese folk art is the famous Chinese Opera which is always performed on special Chinese festivals such as the Festival of Hungry Ghosts, or the birthday celebration for goodness in the temples. The performance always takes place on a stage which is tentatively built for this purpose. Actors are always in heavy make-up and elaborate costumes perform period dramas laced with vocal songs and graceful movement and backed by traditional music. The story always has the ?boy meets girl? theme but in some occasion, classical legendary stories such as Wu Song Kills Tiger With Strategy are played.

 
 
 

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