Sepak Takraw is also known as "Sepak Raga". Sepal Takraw was created
by the royal family of Malaysia about 500 years ago. The name itself comes from two
languages. Sepak is "kick" in Malay, and Takraw is the "ball" in Thai.
When it is born, It looked like Japanese "Kemari", and some became a circle, and a pole was kicked, and the number of times
was being competed in. Sepak Takraw was the name of an ancient game played in the Malay states and probably in neighboring countries
as well. Raga was the rattan ball used in the game which involved the players standing in a circle keeping the ball in the
air with not just the feet but various parts of the body except the hands. In 1965 the game was unified
into the present volleyball style with the addition of a net and the adoption of international rules.
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Wau or Kite in
Malay or Giant Kite is a uniquely designed Malayan kite that has flown since times past. It is called 'Wau' because the shape of its wing is similar to an Arabic letter
(pronounced "wow"). It is a marvelous tradition inherent to the culture of the people, especially in the Eastern
States of the Malayan Peninsula. Kites, called wau, once
played by farmers on leveled ground after post-harvesting season, now attracts people from all walks of life. Today, the kite
is still widely found in Kelantan and Terengganu, especially during harvest time. There are several kind of Wau, for example,
Wau Bulan Kite, Wau Kuching Kite and others. However, the most popular shape is the Wau Bulan or Moon Kites, so called because
it resembles the crescent moon. Besides that, Wau Kuching
Kite is another very popular shape in Malaysia
and decorated in the same way as the Wau Bulan. Some of the Wau Kuching Kite has a hummer attached which used to lull the
kite fliers to sleep, to frighten away evil spirits, and to forcast the following days weather. In making a wau, bamboo is
used for the frame. The bamboo is split and soaked in mud for two weeks. This
prevents the bamboo from being attacked by weevils as well as makes it more flexible.
The bamboo splits are made into a complex but lightweight frame, tested with one layer of paper and making alterations
accordingly to make sure the kite is structurally sound. Next, the patterns are meticulously cut from rice-paper and glued
on piece by piece to form intricate motifs. There is a major kite competition held annually in Kelantan
which attracts participants from the region.
Communication Studies Group Project by Andre, Kavidasan , Raymond and Alex
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