The Naga Serpent in Malay Divination | University of Oxford

The Naga Serpent in Malay Divination

Speaker
Farouk Yahya (Ashmolean)
Event date
Event time
14:00 - 15:30
Venue
St Antony's College
62 Woodstock Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2 6JF
Venue details

Deakin Room

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Not required

The naga is a deified serpent that is a major part of the belief system of many South and Southeast Asian cultures. It is a chthonic creature, and is very strongly associated with rain and water. In Southeast Asia it plays an important role in divinatory practices for activities such as house-building, travelling and marriage. This seminar will explore the variety of texts and images relating to the naga as found in Malay divination manuscripts from the late 18th - early 20th century.