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The Naga Serpent in Malay Divination

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Duration: 0:29:16 | Added: 18 Jun 2018
Farouk Yahya speaks at the Southeast Asia Seminar on 17 January 2018

The naga is a deified serpent that is a major part of the belief system of many South and Southeast Asian cultures. It is a chthonic creature, and is very strongly associated with rain and water. In Southeast Asia it plays an important role in divinatory practices for activities such as house-building, travelling and marriage. This seminar will explore the variety of texts and images relating to the naga as found in Malay divination manuscripts from the late 18th - early 20th century.

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