Date: 17 Mar 2015 12:50 pm (UTC)
There are tall tales of particularly powerful keris (in Java) flying around and even defeating whole armies on their own, but the recurring theme is that the owners of such weapons were aware of the weapon's predilections and treated it with a great deal of fear or circumspection. After all, such a weapon isn't likely to abandon its owner without first turning upon him/her....

(As if that's not odd enough, the lone magical dagger that defeated an entire army on its own is said to be the possession of an Islamic sheikh, and that the invading army was sent by the decaying Hindu-Buddhist Majapahit empire to extract the formal allegiance that the Islamic principality had indirectly repudiated by neglecting to send tributes for several years in a row. It's a really striking example of how the assimilation of Islam into the local culture created a very different belief system than what a Middle Eastern Muslim would have been familiar with.)
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