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MS Malay 3


3A. Malay demonology and charms. Listed and described in romanized Malay and English. -- 3B. Cĕrita hantu setan. Account of the origins of different ghosts. A note by Mohammad Jaafar, dated 26 November 1885, records that the manuscript follows the explanations of Pawang Pendekar. Roman script. -- 3C. Malacca: diseases, remedies and charms. English and Malay (in Roman script). -- 3D. 'Reports of a buffalo fight at Semabok on Saturday last.' -- 3E. Folklore and magic relating to house-building in Sungei Ujong. The text is contained in two manuscripts, one in Arabic script (1 p.), the other in Roman script (3 p.) -- 3F. House-building charms. The text is contained in two manuscripts, one in Arabic script (2 p.; 46 x 33-5 cm), the other in Roman script (6 p.; 34 x 21 cm.).


MS Malay 3D comprises two manuscripts in Roman script discussing a buffalo fight related to padi planting ceremonies. One is 2 pp., the other is 7 pp.; both 34 x 21 cm. Notes on the government file indicate that these two MSS were collected in response to a request from Hervey dated 18 June 1890. Hervey suggests inquiries be made with Penghulu Kasim. The file contains further notes by government officials regarding the buffalo fight.

References note

For full details, see 'The Hervey Malay collections in the Wellcome Institute' / by R.F. Ellen, M.B. Hooker and A.C. Milner. Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, vol. 54, no. 1 (1981), p. 82-92. Also included in 'Indonesian manuscripts in Great Britain: Addenda et Corrigenda' / by M.C.Ricklefs and P.Voorhoeve. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, vol. 45, no. 2 (1982), pp. 312-315.



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