Gasing

Gasing, Malaysia Gasing gilt als Nationalsport Malaysias und wird mit einer Art Kreisel gespielt. © Tourism Malaysia

Gasing, Malaysia Gasing gilt als Nationalsport Malaysias und wird mit einer Art Kreisel gespielt. © Tourism Malaysia

Gasing|Top Spinning
Gasing or tops spinning, is a traditonal games popular among Malay(Native people). Especially amongst the villagers in the State of Kelantan and Melaka. Each season after the rice harvest,several villagers will come together to challenge each other in an ultimate test of skill. The villagers believed that the spinning tops would help bring good harvest.
Both adults and children can play the game. But bigger or giant top spinning is more of a games for adult than children. the one used by adults are much bigger in size and can spin for a period of time whereas the one played by kids are much smaller.

Gasing or top spinning is split into two(2) categories. One is for ornamental purposes and while the other is for playing.
Sparring Contest
A Gasing or top spinning contest as far that I know basically a friendly games. The event that follow are normally have two (2) kinds of matches.

The first is the „spinning contest“ and the second one is called the „striking match“. The „Spinning contest“, the one who can spin his top for the longest time wins the match. Once the top has been launched, the top is carefully scooped off the ground using a thin wooden bat. It will then be transferred to a little wooden surface and left to spin for as long as possible. The trick here is to ensure that the top doesn’t topple during the transit. Tough as it may seem and unbelievably so, the current record stands at two hours.

The „striking match“ is far more exciting that the first. At least you won’t need to stand there for hours watching a top spin and spin and spin. The „striking match“ is as the name suggests. Each contestant must try to hit their opponent’s tops so that the already spinning tops will topple and loses its balance and speed.
Method of Playing

Theres is no fixed number of players and the game can be played either in teams or individually. A circle is first drawn on the ground marking the circumstances within which the top is to spin. A player holds the top in his hand and grips the loose end of the string between the fingers and throws the top in the circle while at the same time pulls the string backwards which sends the top into a spinning action.

The one who’s top spins the longest and within the specified circle becomes the winner. Once the top spins out the circle, the player loses the game
Different Shapes of Gasing
There are actually five (5) different shapes of gasing found in Malaysia namely:-

Berembang-Shaped. Berembang is a fruit of a seaside tree.

Giant Top Spinning is no child’s games! Each Gasing or top weighs approximately 5 kg. It calls for strength, coordination and skill. The Gasing, if expertly hurled, can spin for as along as 2 hours.

Top spinning competitions are an annual feature in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia especially Kelantan and Trengganu
Equipment
Gasing made from what?
‚This man is making „Gasing/Top at his workshop‘

The Gasing or top spinning is usually made of wood or hard fruit, iron and lead. One of those huge top from Kelantan actually weighs about 4 to 5 Kilograms while a smaller top is about 0.1 to 0.5 Kilograms.

Interestingly, for your further knowledge, that by driving a nail into the bottom of a „Guava“ fruit, you can have your own gasing within minutes.
Top Spinning Vid
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