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Saturday April 28, 2007

A showcase of traditional games


Traditional: Another Malay game is the ‘Kaki Gajah’.
THE Negeri Sembilan state museum has organised a month-long exhibition until May 7 to create awareness and popularise Malay traditional games among the modern generation. 

The exhibition is themed “Apo Bondo Eh Ni”. 

The museum will also be holding a competition in Malay traditional games for schools in the state and for the public for three days beginning April 27. 

Among the games that will be contested are 'sepak raga bulatan', 'galah panjang', 'keting-ting' and 'tarik upih'. The rules of the games have been modified to suit the present generation. 

Visitors, especially youngsters, to the month-long exhibition held in conjunction with “Visit Malaysia Year”, will be mesmerised by the colourful display of games such as “congkak”, “gasing'', “gopong'', “tating lawi'', “kelereng'', ''seret upih'' and the “Wau Seri Negeri''. 

“Seret upih'' is a game using a pinang leaf where one person sits on the upih and is pulled by one or two persons to the finishing line. 

“Wau Seri Negeri” is the traditional kite of Negeri Sembilan. Kite lovers gave this name as proof of loyalty to the state. The tail of the kite resembles a buffalo’s horn. The kites are usually flown in the padi fields after the harvesting season. 

“Tating lawi'' is similar to playing sepak raga. Made of a rubber plate and feathers, a player is required to control the ball in the air before sending it across the net to their opponents. 

The blowpipe is used by the orang asli as a weapon. The arrow or Damak is placed in the hole of the blowpipe and is aimed at the target. In hunting, “Getah Ipoh” is used as the bait. 

Gopong is an empty coconut shell filled with water and hung from a branch of a tree. A player using a stick called “Belantan” will try to break the gopong by hitting it blindfolded. To start the game, a player must distance himself from the gopong and try his luck. 

Like this: Museum staff Mohd Azri Abdul Majid demonstrating how to use a blowpipe during the ‘Apo Bondo Eh Ni’ exhibition.
Finally, the dam Melayu or Malay checker is played with 16 pawns known as “buah Dam”. The pawns are moved horizontally, vertically or diagonally and at the end of the game the player who has no buah Dam is the loser.  

After Seremban, the exhibition will move to Teratak Za’ba in July, Museum Rembau in August and finally the DiRaja Seri Menanti Museum, Kuala Pilah in September. 

A Negeri Sembilan museum official said the exhibition would also help to promote all the museums in the state. 

For details on the exhibition, call the state museum at 06-7631 149/764 3230. 

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