Keris bahari

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Keris bahari of keris alang type. Keris Alang.jpg
Keris bahari of keris alang type.

A keris bahari is a long version of a keris dagger mainly used in Sumatra. [1] It is also called kerispanjang. [2] Keris bahari is dubbed by European people as "Sumatran rapier kris" or "execution keris". [3]



Keris bahari evolved from the original keris, which is a dagger. As men fought, they needed a weapon with greater reach, and keris became longer and heavier. Two forms then evolved: The first is rapier keris (keris bahari), and the second is broadsword keris (sundang). Because the blade became longer, the handle had to be straightened to balance it. [1]


The hilt of keris bahari is made of horn, sometimes of silver and fish ivory, usually beautifully carved. [4] The shape of the hilt is straight or slightly curving at the end. [1] [5] The sheath tip is usually rounded, but if cased in silver it often has square tip. [6] The blade of keris bahari is long and narrow. [7] Keris bahari is classified to 3 type depending on the length: The longest is called keris panjang, the medium keris alang, and the shortest, keris pendek. [3]

Execution by keris

The execution by keris is called hukumansalang. Salang is synonymous with keris panjang. [8] The executioner made the victim to squat then drove the keris panjang from certain spot inside his collar bone down to the heart. [9]

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  1. 1 2 3 Gardner (1936). p. 8.
  2. Gardner (1936). p. 35.
  3. 1 2 Gardner (1936). p. 37
  4. Gardner (1936). p. 25.
  5. Gardner (1936). p. 31.
  6. Gardner (1936). p. 29.
  7. Gardner (1936). p. 133.
  8. "Arti kata salang - Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia (KBBI) Online". Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  9. Gardner (1936). p. 37.

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