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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Taking Care Of Your Keris
Red colour cloth at the external sheath means that this keris is ready for war.
A keris is the single most important item in the life of a
Bomoh or Silat exponent. It is both a weapon and a spiritual object. According
to some occult practitioner, a keris need to be bathed every Muharam month
(first month of Islamic calendar).
the below materials, but first ask the khodam of your keris what does it like:
types of flowers
water collected from banana trunk
the keris into above material for 24 hours.
that put the keris point down and dry it in a room for 7 days and 7 nights.
Burn 3 pieces of joss stick every night but do not disturb the keris. This is
to let the keris ‘meditate’.
the 7 days and 7 nights, rub the keris with kaffir lime then smudge it with
white benzoic incense.
ask the keris (khodam) what type of cloth it want to wear?
cloth – for war only.
cloth – for healing purpose.
cloth – for both healing and war.
keris must be inside its sheath when not working. There was a case happen to a
collector. He left his keris blade exposed in a bedroom and when the couple was
having sex, the khodam of keris also joined in. After that his wife didn’t want
to have sex with the person because no kick!!
a general rule:
out the keris for working.
work, put the keris back to its sheath. But give some time for the khodam of
keris to return.
It is believed that a keris with khodam must be bathed at
least once in 3 years or the khodam may leave. The above is just one of many
methods out there for taking care of a keris. As some keris may fetch up to
thousands of US dollars, practice the above at your own accord.