Traditional Weapons

Badik Makassar, Bugis Identification


You’ve heard the Badik? Yes, the Badik or knife guess is the typical form developed by the Bugis and Makassar. Badik sharp single or double sided, with a length reaching about half a meter. Like kris, asymmetrical shape and the blade often decorated with prestige.

In the view of the Bugis Makassar, every type of Badik has magic powers (magic).These forces may affect the conditions, circumstances, and the life process owners.Correspondingly, there is a belief that the badik is also capable of causing tranquility, peace, welfare and prosperity or misery, poverty and suffering for the store.

Since hundreds of years ago, the badik is used not only as a weapon for self-defense and hunting but also as the identity of an ethnic group or culture. This badik is not only famous in Makassar area, but also of the region, Bugis and Mandar with different names and forms.

In general badik consists of three parts, namely upstream (the handle) and blade (iron), as well as a complement is a dagger sheath or scabbard. In addition, there is also the prestige that is believed to affect the lives of their owners. And it turns out there are different types of badik, one of which is badik Makassar have kale (blades) are flat, battang (stomach) distended and sharp and cappa ‘(end) the pointy. This dagger is shaped like a dagger called Sari. Badik Sari is made up of pangulu (dagger handles), sumpa ‘kale (body dagger) and banoang (dagger sheath). Other Bugis Makassar others also, in this area called kawali dagger, like Kawali King (Bone) and Kawali hornbills (Luwu).

Based on information from Makassar magical, that if there is a badik believed that contains goodness, so was the opposite there is a badik that contain bad luck.Kawali Lasukku badik Ja’na is considered very bad. For anyone, Kawali Latemmewa is a badik that is not good, because this dagger can not be trusted to maintain dignity and honor of their owners.

Whatever magic powers contained in a dagger, the badik remains a cultural object that will improve a person’s identity, especially for men. As they say about badik Makassar “Teyai bura’ne Punna ammallaki badik Tena” (It’s not a man if you do not have a badik), as well as with the word Bugis “Taniya Ugi narekko de’na punnai kawali” (Not a Bugis if it does not have a dagger) . Since hundreds of years ago, the badik is used not only as a weapon for self defense and hunting but also as the identity of an ethnic group or culture.

Did you know? It turned out that the badik is not only famous in Makassar area, but also of the region, Bugis and Mandar with different names and forms. In general badik consists of three parts, namely upstream (the handle) and blade (iron), as well as a complement is a dagger sheath or scabbard.

Questioned on that badik had prestige and can affect a person’s life, according to I turn to each of us, believe it please and do not believe nor is it a sin. To be sure, ancient badik and badik is much different today in terms of magical. Although even this badik is the nation’s cultural heritage. Keep your existence!

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