Warm Salaams to all, Your story doesn't make any sense Narrue! Breaking open a keris to find paper / parchment there? With sanskrit letters? ... Hmmmmm... Paper entered Jawa culture with Islam, probably through China. Before Islam, all books and letters were written on the leaf of the tal palm (rontal) like they are still made in Bali. So if there was paper, the alphabet should have not been Sanskrit. And no 'sensitive' person would ever imagine breaking open a keris blade. A jimat is a talisman, it is a composite word from the Jawa words siji dirumat meaning: one and looked after. Anything can be a jimat, even a peice of goat ****. There is a popular saying, apa boleh buat tai kambing bulat-bulat, dimakan jadi obat, disimpan jadi jimat... which means, what can one do? Goats **** in round peices. Eat one and it will be medicine. Keep one and it wil be a jimat. ...What you describe is more specific than a jimat, being a rajah. The ceremony to cleanse the keris (and other tosan aji) in Jawa is done every Sura (Jawa New Year) but the tradition probably has the same roots as in the Tumpak Landhep ceremony in Bali. According to Jawa kerisology, the power in a keris is not because of charms insereted but because of the choice of metals (iron, steel, and pamor material). Traditionally the Jawa Mpu categorized iron into dozens of different types depending on the appearance, the sound when hit, the smell and other aspects of feeling. Very unscientific. It is believed that the different types of iron have different esoteric powers, and the skill and the spiritual power of the Mpu is to enhance and control that power. I believe that in the whole island of Jawa and Madura and Bali, the keris was never meant to be primarily a stabbing (physical) weapon. That is why there is no REAL Jawa silat that studies keris as a weapon and you need to go to California to meet a Pendekar who claims to teach keris - a claim which to most Indonesian silat lovers shows that the Pendekar in questions's talks more that he actually knows (for whatever reason). In Malaysia, it appears that the keris was always both, a phisical and spiritual weapon. The way the Malays attach the ukiran to the keris is different to the Jawa way and to my eye seems to have stabbing in between ribs in mind. There are of course many written refferences where the keris in Jawa was used as a physical weapon, and when Raffles wrote the History of Java during the Napoleonic era, most noblemen would carry three keris and often also a wedung. In the wayang kulit, the only character who is always ready to draw his keris is Buta Cakil, a villian who always gets killed by his own blade. The real heros only use their keris for the last resort. Warm Salaams to all, KC.