Antique Keris Kris Parang Swords
Antique Keris Kris Parang Swords – The keris is considered the national weapon of both Indonesia and Malaysia, although the keris/kris is also found in many other South East Asian countries such as southern Thailand and also in the southernmost part of the Philippines, each with their own unique and traditional style.
Many men in Indonesia and Malaysia own a family keris which has been passed down through the generations and they are still used on formal and ceremonial occasions, the most common being a weddings. The Keris is believed to possess magical powers to bring good luck and riches to the owner, whereas the parang and dagger are used in more practical application.
In Sulawesi and on the Island of Kalimantan the manufacture and use of the Keris/kris is restricted to a few coastal areas. However, there is no doubt that the keris originated in Java as some of the oldest keris’ known have originating from Java.
The making of a Javanese Keris has traditionally been handed down from father to son throughout the generations. The keris maker referred to as “Empu”, is a master in his craft and many Empu’s are highly respected and even venerated. Empu Djeno Harumbrodjo now deceased is one of those master keris makers whose keris are highly regarded.
Hand forging a keris is a highly sophisticated and involved process from start to finish. Ritualistic practices and magic are imbued into each keris on a personal level.
The Javanese and the Balinese believe that the keris/kris has to be be removed slowly and carefully from the sheath whilst holding the tip upwards in a vertical position. The sheath of the keris/kris is considered to be a protective cover in which the keris/kris rests when not in use. The sheath restricts and controls its magical powers.
Interesting article on the Indonesian Keris by Cynthia Castillo – “Protective Art of Indonesia” – Indonesian Keris