0001.pdf - Cultural Assimilation among Malays and Indians in Malaysia Punitha Sivanantham Kumaran Suberamaniarf Abstract This research is about the

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Cultural Assimilation among Malays and Indians in Malaysia Punitha Sivanantham' Kumaran Suberamaniarf Abstract This research is about the cultural elements assimilated within Malays and Indians in Malaysia. The cultural elements are including language, literature, roles and statuses of king, women, poets and Brahmins, beliefs & ideologies and customs & traditions. The scholar Munsyi Abdullah's texts were chosen to identify and analyse the Malays cultural practices because he is the father ofMalay modern literature inMalaysia. He had literate his books with historical truths. Besides that, Texts of Tamil classical literature also were chosen to identify and list out the Indians cultural habits. The Tamil classical texts were compiled some 2500years agoinIndia and itwitnesses the Tamils signified the cultural practices in their daily life. The majority of the Malays in Malaysia recognized as Malay descendants by their mother tongue which is the Malay language. Indians had been visiting Malaya as traders and merchants for over 2000 years, but they did not settle down here as settlers until 19 th century. The formation ofMalaysia under British colonization with multi races of people encourages a good integration among Malays and Indians and therefore there was achance for them to adapt and assimilate each other's cultural element. Keywords: Assimilation, cultural elements, Abdullah Munsyi's texts, Tamil classical texts, Malaysia, plural society, beliefs, literatures, statuses, customs. Introduction Malaysia can also be synonymous as a multiracial country which is not only has multi cultures and customs but also specific ethnics with own unique identities. As Charlest said 'Unity has the power to raise up small countries and disunity has the power to break down big countries', therefore Malaysia is recognized as a small country with strong unity which is famous with multi races and cultures. There are more than eighty ethnics in Malaysia and the most popular ethnics are Malays, Chinese and Indians. Malaysia has a variety of customs and languages too. It also I Research tudent, D'p.utment of Indian Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya. sakti 28 1 .mall.com Associate Professor, Department ofIndian Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya. ~kum.\I·<m.llm~tlgmaiJ.com
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