Keris Maker's Workshop, Kuala Kangsar

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Did you know that Kuala Kangsar is home to a legendary keris maker? Come step into Pak Mazin’s humble workshop in this virtual tour. This is where four generations of blacksmiths in his family have practised the craft, and forged keris for royalty and noblemen. Click on the video to watch him carve the sheath of the traditional weapon.

The keris is historically used as a weapon of self-defence, carried by both men and women around their waist. Many believe that the keris acts as a spiritual object that can bring good or bad luck to its owner. Apart from being kept as an heirloom, it is also a ceremonial accessory and a status symbol. During official ceremonies, it is customary for the wielder to kiss the heel of the keris.

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