September 16, 2014 ICS Travel Group

Traditions & Beliefs | Keris…the Cursed Sword

With it’s distinctive curvy blade, the keris is both a weapon and spiritual object. Some blades possess good luck and others possess bad luck.

In Indonesian tradition, the keris was commissioned by an ambitious king from East Java. However, the sword was cursed when the king betrayed the priest who was crafting it.

Today, Keris swords are used for display, as talismans with magical powers, weapons, a sanctified heirloom (pusaka), auxiliary equipment for court soldiers, an accessory for ceremonial dress, an indicator of social status, a symbol of heroism, etc.