History talk closes
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE first “History Talk: A Study of Inscriptions of Historical Value Found on Brunei’s Tomb and Tombstone” concluded yesterday at the Brunei History Centre in the capital.
The talk, organised by the centre, was held to increase the awareness and understanding of Brunei’s youth on the country’s heritage.
Sixty-one participants from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) and Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College (KUPU SB) attended the two-day event.
Discussions were held on inscription study, conservation, safekeeping and historical data on the tombs and tombstones in Brunei by various speakers from UBD, UNISSA and KUPU SB.
UBD masters graduate in Literature Md Fathullah Hj Rashid was one of the speakers at the event.
He said folklore (traditional art, literature, knowledge and practices that are passed on through oral communication and examples) and history are separate fields which can complement one another.
“Both are of different disciplines but can be combined... before we knew how to write we would depend on stories recorded or told by our elders.”
He said folklore can help paint a better picture of history through the information and knowledge gathered from tombs and tombstones.
The information and knowledge gathered can help identify or further confirm the country’s historical facts, he said.
Acting deputy principal of the centre, Pg Hjh Mahani Pg Hj Ahmad, said tombs and tombstones are among the most important artefacts in the country.
She explained decorations of tombs and tombstones can be categorised into two — inscriptions and symbols.
“Inscription or letters on tombs and tombstones symbolise how the community was back then, giving us an idea and thought of how it used to be.
“Symbols found on tombs and tombstones... we can refer to it and understand the style, language, writing, content, meaning and interpretation,” she said.
“There are also inscriptions that show us the role, responsibilities and character of an individual, apart from his/her name and date of death.”
Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS), Datin Paduka Dr Hjh Norlila Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Jalil presented certificates to the participants upon the conclusion of the event.
The ceremony concluded with a tour of an exhibition which featured imprints and replicas of historical tombs and tombstones produced by the centre.
The Brunei Times