Bibliotheca Asiatica

Bibliotheca Asiatica is a series of reprints and some translations of books, both historic and recent past, containing first-hand descriptions and narratives by travellers in Asia, as well as research monographs and studies related to a wide range of aspects of Asian culture. Classified by country; this series includes a consolidation of the contents of the former series Bibliotheca Orientalis and Itineraria Asiatica.

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Keris and Other Malay Weapons
by Gerald B. Gardner
1936, 2009. 144 pp., 91 b & w plates of photos and drawings, illustrating several hundred weapons, glossary, bibliography, 23 x 15 cm., softcover.

ISBN-10: 974-8304-29-9 $30.00
ISBN-13: 978-974-8304-29-8


A new edition of a classic on Malay weaponry and war, originally published in 1936 in an extremely limited printing now virtually impossible to find. In addition to his work in description and classification of all sorts of Malay weaponry, Gardner spent significant effort in discussions on the origin of the kris and its close association with occult beliefs among Malays, an interest of Gardner’s which was to have a huge effect on him, later in life.
   Following his retirement from the British Civil Service in Malaya, not long after the original publication of this book, Gardner returned to the UK, where he focussed his interests on modern witchcraft, his writings and efforts eventually serving to revive the tradition. Garner is considered by many to be the ‘Father of the Wicca Movement’.

   A book on the Malay keris. was long overdue and many thanks are due to Mr. Gardner for his work. (GC Woolley; Journal, MBRAS, 1938)

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