SILAT

The Malay art of self defence is a highly stylized performance. The word ‘silat’ is applied to the various sequences of grateful demonstration of how one may defend oneself without weapons. Silat is often staged at weddings where the silat expert or ‘pendekar’ entertains the audience with his highly practised routine of self defence arts. A silat performance is usually accompanied by the beating of gongs, drums, and wood wind (serunai) instruments.

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