Peranakan Indians of Singapore and Melaka: Indian Babas and Nonyas—Chitty Melaka

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Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2006 - Social Science - 118 pages
This book offers a glimpse into an almost unknown but distinct community in Singapore and Malaysia: the Peranakan Indians. Overshadowed by the larger, more widespread and more influential Peranakan Chinese, this tightly knit community likewise dates back to early colonial merchants who intermingled with and married local Malays in Malacca. Most Peranakan Indians are Saivite Hindus, speak a version of Malay amongst themselves, and have a cuisine influenced by all three major cultures of Malaysia and Singapore (Malay, Indian, Chinese). Bringing together original interviews and archival material, this accessible book documents the all-but-forgotten history, customs, religion and culture of the Peranakan Indians of Singapore and Malacca.
 

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Contents

1 Origin of the Peranakan Indians during the Melaka Sultanate
1
2 The Peranakan Indians in Portuguese Melaka
8
3 The Peranakan Indians in Dutch Melaka
11
4 The Peranakan Indians under British Rule in Melaka and their Migration to Singapore
17
5 The Peranakan Indians under Japanese Occupation 194245
20
6 The Peranakan Indians Today in Gajah Berang Melaka
23
7 Some Major Saivite Festivals and Ceremonies of the Peranakan Indians
34
8 Fertility and Marriage Ceremonies
61
11 Peranakan Indian Cuisine
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12 Notes on the Spoken Language of the Peranakan Indians
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13 Some Unique Features of the Peranakan Indians
96
14 Some Prominent Peranakan Indians in Singapore
102
15 Conclusion
106
Sources
108
Index
113
About the Author
118

9 Funerals
78
10 Clothes Jewellery and Footwear
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Samuel S. Dhoraisingam is Retired Assistant Director of Education (Secondary Schools) Singapore. He was a Past Head of the Education Department, Ministry of Defence, Singapore; Past President of the History Association, Singapore and Past Member of the Singapore History Museum Board.

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