Originally Posted by Ian
While on the subject of kakatua hilts, it occurred to me to think about the word barong (or barung as it is pronounced in the Tausug dialect) and what it might derive from. I have found no discussion of this subject written in English.
I naively assumed it probably derives from "parang". I haven't seen an etymology, though.
There has been some, but rather brief, discussion of this: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=1817
(And while on the topic, "keris" -> "kalis"?)