IJCH 2016 Vol.2(4): 184-188 ISSN: 2382-6177
doi: 10.18178/ijch.2016.2.4.061

Orghe Kelantan: A Preliminary Study

Murina R. Pawanteh and James B. Kuake
Abstract—Minority sub-cultural groups often pride themselves with a unique identity. Membership to such groups usually requires persons to be born into that community, or sometimes, marrying into that community is acceptable reason for inclusion into the inner-circle. The Orghe Kelantan people are different. Membership is bound by a single presumptive criterion - being able to speak the unique dialect of Loghat Kelate. Orghe Kelantan however are even more accommodating to those born outside the state of Kelantan who are visiting, working or have recently moved into the state who are able to converse, or attempt to learn Loghat Kelate. Routine practices of the unique culture of Orghe Kelantan are also not limited to locals of Malay origin, but commonly practised by Chinese and Indians who are born and grew up in the state of Kelantan. This makes the culture of Orghe Kelantan uniquely different from that of most creole cultures where religion may be a binding factor. Therefore, while the Orghe Kelantan of Malay descend would be Muslims, religious norms of Taoism, Buddhism and Hinduism would comfortably find its place side-by-side as practised by ethnic Chinese and Indian Orghe Kelantan respectively. As a result, the cultural identity of the Orghe Kelantan people either living in the state of Kelantan, or have emigrated outside of their home state for socio-economic prospects, remain intact and distinct, as demonstrated by elated response when the latter meets another Orghe Kelantan (even not initially known to the former), often in the form of greeting and conversation in Loghat Kelate. Orghe Kelantan are proud to be identified first as Kelantanese, and next as Malaysians. Their strong sense of loyalty and provincialism (semangat kenegerian) would best describe people of this unique sub-culture, no matter where they may be residing at any given time.

Index Terms—Identity, inner-circle, local dialect, Kelantan

Murina R. Pawanteh is with KDU University College, Malaysia (e-mail: pmurina@kdu.edu.my).
James B. Kuake is with Visiting Faculty, UTAR, Malaysia (e-mail: jameskuake@yahoo.com).

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Cite: Murina R. Pawanteh and James B. Kuake, "Orghe Kelantan: A Preliminary Study," International Journal of Culture and History vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 184-188, 2016.

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