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Hijjas, Mulaika (2024) 'Old names for new things: two items of Malay royal regalia as invented tradition.' Indonesia and the Malay World, 52 (152). pp. 51-75.

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This article examines two objects of Malay royal regalia: the Perak betel-box known as the puan naga taru and the Riau emblem known as the cogan. Drawing on Hobsbawm and Ranger’s articulation of ‘invented tradition’, and on Amoroso’s of ‘traditionalism’ with reference to Malay kingship, detailed comparison of the textual and material records is adduced to argue that the physical objects themselves are likely to be much younger than the traditions underlying them. Colonial officials who documented regalia objects and collected information about them were also implicated in the traditionalising process. Nineteenth-century beliefs and practices about the potency of royal regalia are contrasted with those current in the present day, where the regalia objects are more desacralised than ever before.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Malay sultanates, material culture, regalia, tradition
SOAS Departments & Centres: Regional Centres and Institutes > Centre of South East Asian Studies
Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics
ISSN: 13639811
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Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2024 08:57

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