A dagger with a distinctive wavy blade. Originated from Java but is prevalent throughout the Malay Archipelago and parts of Indochina – particularly in former Champa kingdoms – as a symbol of strength and indomitable spirit. It’s also believed to possess supernatural powers. The anthropologist R. O. Winstedt, in his description for a display at the V&A Museum in London, UK, states that the keris can fly (‘flying dagger’). Owners of ‘supernatural’ daggers smoke theirs with incense and bathe the blade in lime juice as a form of offering.

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