Customer Rating: Summary: The foundation text on the meanings of Silat Comment: Cordes' text is an academic analysis of the meanings of Silat in the Minangkabau context, based on extensive ethnographic field-work in the region. It would be mistaken to assume the work is a manual for learning silat, and the reviewers who critique the work thereon are simply missing the purpose of her research and monograph.
What you can expect to find, and very much do, is an excellent portrayal of the cultural world of Silat, some quite interesting anecdotes from several gurus, and a heightened understanding of the essence of Silat.
There's simply no way around this work for the scholar of Silat. Customer Rating: Summary: Review for Hiltrud's book about Sumatran Silat Comment: This book by Hiltrud Cordes is super if you're into West-Sumatran Silat (Silek), it tels you a lot about the backgrounds of the Minangkabau people and the Pencak Silat backgrounds from the Padang Region. This book is writen in German Language, if you're able to read this, it is a must-have !!