The Chinese Warrior

The Chinese Warrior

The Chinese Warrior

According to local legends, all Datuks were once humans who had a standing in society either for their position or special attributes. They could have been an important leader, a renowned healer, a silat warrior, a pious man or even a shaman. Upon their death, locals and their followers would sometimes offer prayers at their gravestones, in line with the concept of keramat. Local Malay culture prior to the arrival of a more conservative brand of Islam practised the paying of respects to guardian spirits or penunggu which is believed to reside in seemingly ‘unusual’ natural formations; a unique shaped rock, an ant mount, a snake’s nest, an extraordinarily large tree etc.

Theo truyền thuyết địa phương, tất cả Datuks đã từng là những người đã có một vị trí trong xã hội hoặc cho vị trí của họ hoặc thuộc tính đặc biệt. Họ có thể là một nhà lãnh đạo quan trọng, một người chữa lành nổi tiếng, một chiến binh silat, một người đàn ông ngoan đạo hoặc thậm chí là một pháp sư. Sau cái chết của họ, người dân địa phương và những người theo họ đôi khi sẽ cầu nguyện tại bia mộ của họ, phù hợp với khái niệm về keramat. Văn hóa Malay địa phương trước sự xuất hiện của một thương hiệu Hồi giáo bảo thủ hơn đã thực hiện việc trả tiền tôn trọng tinh thần hộ tống hoặc penunggu được cho là cư trú trong các hình dạng tự nhiên ‘không bình thường’; một tảng đá hình độc đáo, một con kiến, một tổ rắn, một cái cây cực kỳ lớn, v.v.

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