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Rantau and merantau: geography and soul

Mohd Noor Merican, Ahmad Murad (2021) Rantau and merantau: geography and soul. Melaka Hari Ini.

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Rantau and merantau has been embedded this region since time immemorial. It manifests the spirit of the homeland long before the arrival of the Europeans, and other Asian communities. In the consciousness of the Malays in Malaysia, the practice has long been associated with the Minangkabaus. It is not peculiar to the Minangkabaus. Merantau is also present in the Bugis, Banjarese and Mandailing world view. In my last column, I alluded to the statement that the Minangkabaus are sublte colonisers. Indeed, one finds Minangkabaus, rather the descendants, from Kedah and Kelantan, to Sabah and Sarawak; and throughout the Malay Archipelago stretching from Acheh to the Philippine islands. The association of merantau to Negeri Sembilan and the adat perpatih is an imperfect myth. It is not entirely incorrect to rationalize merantau to the matrilineal system.

Item Type: Article (Newspaper)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM621 Culture
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC)
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2024 10:45
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2024 10:45
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/111460

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