Alhamdulillah, I had been given a chance to participate in another course organised by Gayong Malaysia Machang, under Cikgu Wan Abdul Halim, Cikgu Azizan, Ustaz Atiq and many more. The course was on mastering a traditional Malay weapon, Keris. Lead by Cikgu Amin Hamzah, it was indeed an eye opener for me to look at different perspective on the way the weapon is used and the ritual related to the weapon is performed.
As a newbie, having a tremendous amount of knowledge in one go was quite something. Remembering the steps was one thing, mastering the skills is another part. However, I need to make full use of the opportunity as it did not come twice. Luckily I can rely on my brother as he also participated in the course. This time around, his memory should better be functioning well or else… huuhuu
After the Master had poured all of the necessary knowledge to all of the participants (which actually took months and years to master), the participants had to participate to one more ceremony to indicate that the (first) phase of learning keris had come to an end.
The ceremony took place at the sea shore which according to Cikgu Amin as a symbolic to gain the spirit of dragon (Malay version of dragon lives in the ocean). For more info, please contact Cikgu Narapatinantaboga as even his name indicates that he is the King of Dragons. huhuhu
Some parts of the ritual in the Khatam Keris Ceremony was quite a alien to me. Some questions were answered and reasoned well. Some still need more studies and discussions to untie the mystery in them. I need to learn more in order to get the answers to them. Same like learning the Kunci Mati (dead lock) I guess.. huhuhu
Learning Gayong is like looking at the sea, there is no end to it (Amin Hamzah, 2009). You will only see the sea and the sky, with no ground or land at the end of it. Looking at the waves, sometimes they are at the top like a tsunami and sometime they are at the bottom on the sand. However, they never give up. They do their job as they were ordered. Sometimes they have the spirit of storm and sometimes they are calm like a lake. Maybe this is the spirit of dragon that all Gayong trainees need to seek. huhuhu