A Day at the Terengganu State Museum

 

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The Terengganu State Museum (1) (nachmeinemeinung @ all rights reserved)

 

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The Terengganu State Museum (2) (nachmeinemeinung @ all rights reserved)

 

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Main entrance to the Terengganu State Museum (nachmeinemeinung @ all rights reserved)

 

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Grounds of the Terengganu State Museum (nachmeinemeinung @ all rights reserved)

 

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Inside view of the Terengganu State Museum (1) (nachmeinemeinung @ all rights reserved)

 

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Inside the Terengganu State Museum (2) (nachmeinemeinung @ all rights reserved)

 

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The Congkak, a traditional Malay game played by all age groups. (nachmeinemeinung @ all rights reserved)

 

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Portraits of the Chief Ministers of Terengganu (nachmeinemeinung @ all rights reserved)

 

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The Batu Bersurat of Terengganu (or the Terengganu Inscription Stone) is a granite stele carrying classical Malay inscription in Jawi script that was found in Kuala Berang, Terengganu in 1887 and presented to then Sultan of Terengganu, Sultan Zainal Abidin III. The inscription, dated possibly to 1303 (or 702 Anno Hijra). constituted the earliest evidence of Jawi writing in the Malay world of Southeast Asia, and was one of the oldest testimony to the advent of Islam as a state religion in the region. It contains the proclamation issued by a ruler of Terengganu known as Seri Paduka Tuan, urging his subjects to extend and uphold Islam and providing 10 basic Sharia laws for their guidance. In 2009, a meeting of the UNESCO’s International Advisory Committee (IAC) held in Barbados, included the Inscribed Stone of Terengganu in a heritage list of Memory of the World Programme, making it the fourth heritage recognition accorded to Malaysia after the Hikayat Hang Tuah, Sejarah Melayu, and the correspondence of Sultan Abdul Hamid in 2001. (nachmeinemeinung @ all rights reserved)

 

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An exhibit depicting a fight using the Keris, a jagged Malay weapon, used to devastating effect. (nachmeinemeinung @ all rights reserved)

 

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Terengganu fashion of yesterday (nachmeinemeinung @ all rights reserved)

 

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Black and white photo of a group of Terengganu men in traditional Malay clothing. The headgear worn by the men is called the Songkok, and the garb worn at the waist is known as the Samping. The Samping can either be a Kain Sarung (known commonly in the West as the Sarong) or the Kain Pelikat or the gold or silver threaded Kain Songket, depending on the economic status of the person wearing it. The manner the Samping is worn can indicate whether the wearer is either a married man or a bachelor. The Berdagang Dalam (as sported by the men on the right) are normally worn by the married men, whilst the Berdagang Luar, as fashioned by the men on the left, are normally reserved for the unmarried men. (nachmeinemeinung @ all rights reserved)

 

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Black and white picture of a group of Terengganu men, dressed in their finest traditional clothes normally worn by royal courtiers, complete with the Tanjak or the Tengkolok, as it is sometimes called. The Tanjak or the Tengkolok are of different fashion, and, more often than not, denote the wearer’s status in society. (nachmeinemeinung @ all rights reserved)

 

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The Terengganu State Museum (3) (nachmeinemeinung @ all rights reserved)

 

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