Isi, the spirit of a keris

The Keris is a mystical weapon. For the most part, blades were consider to be powerful “living Keris” (Keris hidup), or at the very least, holding special powers. Many people believe keris are inhabited by a spirit (isi). A keris might have power for good, or for evil.  This could be tested in two ways:  A seris of cuts on a leaf, based on the blade width and other factors could determine its nature. 


Tanjeg, the compatible of keris and owner

The estimate of compatibility of a keris with a prospective owner is called tanjeg. Harmony between the owner and the keris was critical.  If the owner of a keris slept with it under his pillow and had a bad dream with terrifying creatures, the blade was unlucky and had to be taken away.  This did not necessarily mean the keris was evil, only that it was incompatible with that person. If the dream did not appear, this would be repeated each night until the dream comes.  The choice of a good Keris goes with a thorough knowledge of the power, the magic and the wealth of each pattern to match the owner’s personality and needs.


Magical Power

The keris is always considered as protective. In traditional Malay houses, a keris would be secured to the main roof beam to protect the house. Stories abound of keris flying out of their sheaths and attacking an enemy, of keris rattling in their sheaths at the approach of danger, of killing an enemy by just pointing at someone.  Some krises helped prevent fires, death, agricultural failure and myriad other problems. Likewise, they could do more than prevent problems; some krises brought on fortuitous harvests and other events. Krises could also have tremendous killing power. There are legends of krises moving around on their own and killing individuals they disliked. When making a blade, the empu could infuse into the blade any special spiritual qualities and powers the owner desires.


Some krises are considered sacred and because people believe they contain magical powers, specific rites needed to be completed to avoid calling down evil fates. For example, pointing a kris at someone is thought to mean that they will die soon, so in ceremonies or demonstrations where ritualized battles are fought with real keris, the fighters will perform a ritual which includes touching the point of the blade to the ground to neutralize this effect.


Relative to the Hulu (handle), the keris blade should always make a certain angle, never perpendicular.  This represents an omen that someone, of any rank and position, should always respect and comply not only with the Creator, but also with each other.


In the community, the keris is more important than its luck, beauty, iron or pamor.  Keris give the impression of power and exude prestige, or they might be haunted and frightening.


In Central Java, the keris is important in the marriage ceremony which is conducted in traditional dress.  The keris is worn by the man at his waist as a symbol of manliness.  If a bride cannot attend the ceremony in person, she is represented by the keris.  The keris is a symbol of heritage


Keris as a weapon

The keris was not created solely as a weapon to kill.  It is more of a spiritual weapon.  The keris adds courage and confidence to its owner.  It can help avoid disease and reactions from plants.  It can smooth interaction and prevent interference.


Keris care

1. Keris must be cleaned once a year each, this is just as a party palace, can be done in the month of, or Maulud Sura, or the days that you like, this depends on the trust each of us. Cleaning is good overall eksoteri and isoteri. Cleaning is intended to be for one year storage at keris if we may have to stick to the rust should be cleaned and removed in order not to damage the keris. this process can be seen from mutih then mewarangi and oiling, but if it does not erode the keris is rinsed with water and dried ago back in the oil.


2. Keris cleaned once each week with a keris blade smear with oil free of alchohol. this case is that of rust on the iron attached keris missing. Type of oil you can use a mixture of oil of sandalwood, jasmine and kenanga or appropriate taste of each.


3. Save the keris is true in the home should also consider a few things, such as high storage, humid place where not suitable and not storage. Why should high storage? this case is that our children do not easily reach them, however, the keris is a dangerous sharp objects.