Dance of the Mah Meri

Seth Akmal

MORE than 50 people gathered at Judah village and walked almost 3km carrying “Tepung Tawar” or plain flour and incense heading towards the sea to pay respects to the spirit of the sea known as “Moyang Getah”. 

The ritual ceremony takes place on the fifth day after the Lunar New Year and the tribesmen will wait for the low tide to begin their prayer.

Locals dressed in traditional costumes made from “Mayang” flowers perform jooh dances circling the sacred platform known as the “sanggar”. At the end of the ceremony, the tribesman burns the joss paper and firecrackers, marking the ritual ceremony’s end. – January 29, 2023.

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