The Bugis and Their Keris: History, Culture & Society – a joint seminar by NUS Department of Southeast Asian Studies, The Bugis Makassar Polo Bessi Club & The Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia in Singapore (Wed, 2 September 2015)

Date: Wednesday, 2 September 2015
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue: AS3, Level 6, SEAS Seminar Room (06-20)

The Bugis are a historically significant people in Southeast Asia and their political, economic and military activities since the 18th century have left an indelible mark on the region’s cultural landscape. This seminar will focus primarily on two dimensions of Bugis culture; the community’s historical significance in early Singapore and the fascinating world of Bugis weapons. Papers will include discussions on the art and significance of keris making in Bugis society as well as issues pertinent in the preservation of Bugis traditional culture in modern Indonesia.

Introduction to Bugis and Singapore Historical Connections in the 19th Century
Speaker: Dr. Mohamed Effendy (Lecturer, NUS Department of Southeast Asian Studies)

Government Participation in the Preservation of Bugis Cultural Heritage
Speaker: Mr. Syahrul Yasin Limpo (Governer of Southern Sulawesi)

The Art of Keris Making
Speaker: Mr. Andi Mohammad Irvan Zulfikar (Supervisory Chairman, Bugis Makassar Polo Bessi Club)

The Pamor and Spiritual Meanings
Speaker: Dr. Ahmad Ubbe (Researcher on history and culture of the Bugis)

Question & Answer