Malay and Orang Asli Interactions: Views from Legendary History
Marina Roseman, May, 1979⁄2003, Cornell University
The records of the past found in oral and written histories attest to the predominant human preference for order in experience. Within these historical traditions, human beings impose order upon situations and manipulate the past to explain the present. The structuring of the past presented in history reveals the themes and categories considered crucial by the chronicler or storyteller. Among certain cultures and time periods, oral or written history is considered best explained in terms of chronological, biographical, and situational accuracy. However, history also contains a record of the subjective dynamics surrounding the recorded event.
In the present study, we focus upon the meaning of history as it is revealed in the storyteller's concept of his characters. This approach emphasizes the cultural conceptions of the storyteller by analyzing the qualities and roles delegated to the various objects, characters, and actions. Our intent is to explore Malay and Orang Asli (aborigine) conceptions