In Malaysia and Singapore it used to be “Sepak Raga” but in other SE Asian countries the game went by other names.
Then in 1960, these nations got together and after much kicking, head-butting and bickering (or maybe wickering), decided to adopt the Thai version. Hence Sepak Raga became Sepak Takraw. Perhaps, “Sepak Raga” sounded dangerously close to “Kicking The Bucket” when translated into English.
I have always been fascinated by the high-flying upside-down kicks executed by the experts. But as a kid I was also warned not to do head-butts, as too many hard knocks “could lead to PHD (permanent head damage)”
I have not played a game for ages now; and was surprised to learn that the old rattan ball is now superseded by colourful ones made from synthetic resins.