Malay Magic [Mr Walter William Skeat] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The circumstances attending the composition and publication of . Anthropologist Walter Skeat’s Malay Magic: Being an Introduction to the Folklore and Popular Religion of the Malay Peninsula was written to introduce the. Malay magic by Walter W. Skeat, , Macmillan edition.

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To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? The maglc attending the composition and publication of the present work have thrown upon me the duty of furnishing it with a preface explaining its object and scope. Briefly, the purpose of the author has been to collect into a Book of Malay Folklore all that seemed to skeaat most typical of the subject amongst a considerable mass of materials, some of which lay scattered in the pages of various other works, others in unpublished native manuscripts, and much in notes made by him personally of what he had observed during several years spent in the Magiic Peninsula, principally in the State of Selangor.

The book does not profess to be an exhaustive or complete treatise, but rather, as its title indicates, an introduction to the study of Folklore, Popular Religion, and Magic as understood among the Skeah of the Peninsula. It should be superfluous, at this time of day, to defend such studies as magif from the criticisms which have from time to time been brought against them. This last is a point of view which it would hardly be appropriate or profitable to discuss here, but a few words may as well be devoted mavic the other objection.

Now, for facts we all, of course, have the greatest respect; but the objection appears to me to involve an unwarrantable restriction of the meaning of the word: As a piece of psychology it must always have a certain interest, and it mzgic on occasions become of enormous practical importance.

If, for instance, in certain persons, whose concern it was, had paid more attention to facts of sskeat kind, possibly magjc Indian Mutiny could have been prevented, and probably it might have been foreseen, so that precautionary measures could have been taken in time to minimise the extent of the catastrophe. It is not suggested that the matters dealt with in this book are ever likely to involve such serious issues; but, speaking generally, there can be no doubt that an understanding of the ideas and modes of thought of an alien people in a relatively low stage of civilisation facilitates very considerably the task of governing them; and in the Malay Peninsula that task has now devolved mainly upon Englishmen.


When one passes from the practical to the speculative point of view, it is almost impossible to predict what piece of knowledge will be fruitful of results, and what will not; prima facie, therefore, all knowledge has a claim to be considered of importance from a scientific point of view, and until everything is known, nothing can safely be rejected as worthless.

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Write a customer review. Showing of 3 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering magkc right now. Please try again later. While researching Southeast Asian ghosts, folklore, and magic, I came across this tome.

Even though it is an old paperback, it is considered a “permanent book” because the pages are sewn in, and the book is designed to lay flat when opened. A great big plus if you are doing research. There are many cross overs from Thai supernaturalism. The Malay ghosts are mostly seat same as Thai ghosts, however the Malay Muslim influence contrasts with Buddhism in other parts of Asia.

Like Buddhism, Malay Muslims have retained a large amount of animism within their day to day spiritual practice. If you are interested in learning how to make a “Polong” or a “Pelesit”, this is the book for you.

A Polong is the blood of a homicide victim that is prayed over until crying can be heard coming from the jar it is kept in. This is the crying of a newborn ‘demon’ that will do it’s masters bidding. Mind you, this is over pages of rare anthropological curiosities like this.


For only ten or so dollars used with shipping, this was a fantastic read and worth every penny. It is on the academic side but it is not boring. Maybe I just have a high tolerance for this type of writing style though.

While I was looking forward to reading this, I was deeply disappointed by the publication and formatting, which was a mess. I cant even begin to explain how poor the formatting is. Citations and footnotes jumping at the end, rather than at the bottom of the page. A few sentences appearing on a single page. Huge waste of paper due to ridiculous page borders. Its really put me off from reading it. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

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Quite a detailed book that concentrates on the folklore of what is now peninsular Malaysia correspondingly the folklore of the Malay archipelago, broadly construed, is less well represented. Perhaps the least appealing aspect of this publication, at least in electronic format, is the lack of index. See all 3 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

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