Culturing maritime elements in Malay proverbs: a preliminary

Ismail Ali, (2012) Culturing maritime elements in Malay proverbs: a preliminary. TAWARIKH: International Journal for Historical Studies, 4 (1). pp. 21-36. ISSN 2085-0980

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Traditionally, the sea and ocean are the source of inspiration for new ideas, aspirations, language, ethnic dignity, and truth. By understanding and acknowledging the roles and functions of these two, i.e. the sea and ocean, in all aspects of life, the ancient Malays have employed maritime elements in their daily life and this has enriched their traditional intellectuality. This article attempts to illustrate the culturing of maritime elements in the Malay proverbs that show the personality, intellectuality, and understanding of the Malay people on the maritime aspects, which at the end enhances the Malay civilization. This preliminary observation also found that the existence and culturing of the maritime-based-proverbs illustrate the close relationship between the traditional Malays and oceans as well as lands. Besides that, the importance of the oceans to the development of Malay civilization in the 18th and 19th centuries has also influenced them in making these proverbs at that time. Finally, the use of proverbs in conversation by the Malay community can avoid misunderstandings and strengthen the bond among them.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Maritime culture, Malay proverbs, history of maritime, Malay language, and dignity of nation
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Divisions: FACULTY > Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Heritage
Depositing User: Munira
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2018 06:36
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2018 06:36

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