The Malay (Orang Melayu) are an ethnic group in Southeast Asia. They belong to the Austronesian ethnic groups and speak the Malay language, whose modern expressions are Malay and Indonesian. Today about 22 million people are counted among the Malay people, who mainly live on the Malay Peninsula, in the east of Sumatra and on the coasts of Borneo. The majority of the population are Malays in Malaysia (50.4%), in the Sultanate of Brunei (66%), in the three southernmost provinces of Thailand (66-80%) and in the Indonesian province of Bangka-Belitung (72%). The vast majority of Malays (> 99.9 %) are Sunni Muslims.
Traditional Borneo, Java, Malaysian costumes
Natives of Borneo: 1. Saghai Dyak N.E. Coast. 2. Loondoo Dyak S.W. Coast.
Natives of Java: 3. Priest. 4. Lady. 5. Gentleman.
The Comprehensive Atlas and Geography of the World. “Races of the World”. Drawn by J. L. Williams. Engraved by A. Portier. Printed by Blackie & Son London, Glasgow & Edinburgh 1886.
Ornamental tattooing from Africa, Borneo, Caroline Island, New Zealand and Japan.
- 1 African woman.
- 2 Chief Hirtin Paevata from New Zealand.
- 3 King Tauhiao 1825-1894 (King Tawhiao leader of the Waikato tribes, the second Māori King and a religious visionary. Member of the Ngāti Mahuta kiwi tribe ) from New Zealand.
- 4 Caroline islanders.
- 5.6. Hands and feet of a man from the tribe of Kayak on Borneo.
- 7 Japanese.
Source: Meyers encyclopedia. 5 Edition. Bibliographic Institute Leipzig. Article tattooing. (Bd.18)