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Silat Kebatinan as an Expression of Mysticism and Martial Culture in Southeast Asia

By Mark V. Wiley




Silat Kebatinan as an Expression of Mysticism and Martial Culture in Southeast Asia

"Kebatinan” is metaphysical, supernatural, phenomenological state of being that is fundamental to the religious befliefs in Southeast Asia. As one part of the cultural layers of society, the Indo-Malayan martial arts (silat) employ this belief in their practices. The final stage in silat training is the mystical state of kebatinan.

SOURCE: Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Vol. 3 No. 4 (1994): 8 pages.


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