Serunai Besar/Pasang Lilin

This is a record of two Baba Malay songs. The first, “Serunai besar,” would have been played during the wedding and refers to a peranakan musical ensemble which also uses a gong, The second song, “Pasang lilin”, describes the lighting of candles during the Chiu Thau or coming of age ceremony of a Peranakan wedding. This record was used by the donor’s father during the traditional Peranakan Chinese weddings of his extended family.Songs in Malay were popular among Peranakan Chinese who primarily spoke Baba Malay, a dialect of the Malay language which incorporates Hokkien terms and phrases. They are indicative of the assimilation of Peranakan Chinese to the indigenous population of the region by adapting their language.

Date/Period
early 20th century
Region
Calcutta
Dimension
Object size: 25.0 x 25.0 x 0.2 cm
Accession No.
2014-01084
Material
Shellac
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Harry Ho Tiang Kee & Lily Wee Peng Neo in memory of Mr Wee Whatt Beng
Category
Folklife Collection

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