Rumah: An Ode to the Malay House - Tenas Effendy

Rumah: An Ode to the Malay House - Tenas Effendy

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Rumah is a collection  of old Riau–Malay rhymed  sayings  originally  gathered  and published  by Tenas Effendy. Referred to in Malay literature as ‘Ungkapan’, these eloquent stanzas depict the Malay house as a metaphor for the passage of life, the responsibilities of parenthood, the social observances  of  communal  living,  and  the  obligations  of  existing  harmoniously  with  nature. Together, they form a complex work that vividly illustrates the values of customary law, etiquette, cultural protocols and religious tenets as cherished within a Malay home. The sayings themselves beautifully  capture  and radiate  the warmth  of  a  graceful  Malay  kampung house  cast within the idyllic setting of a lush tropical oasis. Rumah has been elegantly translated by Raimy Ché-­Ross and richly illustrated by Ahmad Harun.

2014. Areca Books
50+ illustrations in colour.
Hard cover. 27.3cm x 20.9cm, 112 pages