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Saturday, April 26, 2014

PANGKIN - ETYMOLOGY


Amongst the Minangkabau houses in Negeri Sembilan there are pangkins (corrupt of palanquins), kind of wide wooden benches built on each side  in front of the steps leading to the front door where people can sit, relax, talk or even take a nap. During mid-day is cooler than inside the house because they are open with roofing only. My old kampong house had a pair of pangkins.

The term pangkin is seldom heard nowadays.


South Korean royal palanquin.


A Minang would call that pangkin (centre).


An illustration in Linschoten's 'Voyages' showing a wealthy Portuguese nobleman being carried in his palanquin. Two negroes in European dress go before him and some slaves bring up the rear.

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