Talk by Professor John N. Miksic in conjunction with the exhibition, Dapunta Hyang: Transmission of Knowledge by Zai Kuning.
The Malay realm is a sea-faring terrain. From search of the orang laut (sea people) to re-imagining a vessel from a 7th century armada, the sea remains the constant premise for Zai Kuning’s artistic inquisition of Malay history. Surrounded by a flat and expansive body of water, seafarers in the region have always relied on mountains as a guiding force, geographically as well as spiritually. Drawing from archaeological research, John N. Miksic discusses the importance of mountains, specifically in Palembang (Sumatra), Singapore, and Melaka, as epicentres that unify the Malay maritime culture.