The Mah Meri dance once more

Seth Akmal

AFTER two years of lockdown, the Mah Meri indigenous tribe is now allowed to perform a ritual dance known as “Puja Pantai” on Carey Island, Selangor. 

More than 50 people gathered at Judah village and walked almost 3km towards the sea to pay respects to the spirit of the sea known as “Moyang Getah”. 

Locals dressed in traditional costumes made from “Mayang” flowers perform jooh dances circling the sacred platform known as the “sanggar”. At the end of ceremony, the people shared food and drink they had brought with them.

The locals who take part in the ritual believe the tradition should preserved as part of Malaysian indigenous culture. – February 6, 2022.

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