At 08:53 AM 5/1/05 +0000, you wrote:
>Dear Dr JayBee
>Thank you for this thread.
><He set foot on that virgin island and called it Lion City, a name
>that even the passing of time would not erase.>
>It is said that he saw, what apperead to be a lion and thefore he
>called it singa-pura.
>How reliable is the Malay Annals or the Sejaru Malayu?
They give their versions. But there are facts mixed with
stories and tales.
But nobody has done a cross-cultural analysis of
the Malay Annals.
My brother and I have dealt with only a few aspects.
Malays had connections with Indians, Phoenicians,
Egyptians, Romans, Byzantines, Turks, Persians, Cambodians,
Chams, Chinese, Burmese, and Thais.
They were also a commercial-minded sea-faring race
who liked to colonise.
It has be remembered that they ruled over the
largest Archaepelagic Empire of the ancient world.
>Incidentally, when Raffles, together with Narayana Pillai and
>Abdullah Munshi, landed in Singapore at the mouth of the Singapore
>River, they saw a rock engraved with some words. Some felt it was
>Sanskrit words, some arabic and some Chinese. Unfortunately the rock
>was blasted off subsequenlty and it has been left to cojecture even
Singapore is heavily built over.
There was a port city and the sea nearby had a great
load of sea-traffic.
Marine archeology would reveal a lot of things.
>I was told that Silapathilaram also refers to Singapuri. There is a
>place up in the north of India called singapuri too.
Singapuram is one of the Jamindaris of Tamilnaadu.
Incidentally, Singampunari is also known as Singaapuri,
Singapuram, and Aripuram.
There is a minor pirapantham called 'Singaapuri PaLLu'.
>--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, JayBee <jaybee@t...> wrote:
>> Memoirs of a Malay Scholar - part 3
>> On that fateful journey, Sang Nila Utama sighted from afar
>> beaches as white as cotton and as fine as flour. He set foot on
>> island and called it Lion City, a name that even the passing of
>> not erase. The prince decided to make himself king over this new
>> never to return to Bintan ever again. He sent emissaries to the
>> for all those with which he could build and people his new kingdom.
>> The Queen of Bintan sent him labourers and craftsmen and elephants
>> horses and ships, upon which the new kingdom prospered and grew
>> new king who carried the blood of He of the Two Horns would sire a
>> mighty kings who commanded the Sea People and became Lords of the
>> But the unerring hands of destiny bear a double-edged sword. For
>> as a queen of Bintan had succoured and nourished the seed of that
>> royal line, a lord of Bintan would bring it to its end.
>> It was through help from Bintan, the Malay Annals told us, that
>> ruler of Singapore established his rule on the island.