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Puja Pantai Festival 2019 (Package exclude meals) **Final Call**

Selangor, Malaysia
Date
9 February, 2019
Duration
6 hours
Capacity
1 - 102 travelers
Booking notice
2 days
Standard price
MYR 65.00/Pax
Rashid I speak English, Malay
Celebrate the ancient ritual of Puja Pantai with the Mah Meri on 9 February 2019 - and be part of their mysterious tradition.

Puja Pantai is the last of the important rituals still being practiced by the Mah Meri. It is believed to appease the sea spirits, and honor the protector spirits. Many years ago, a ship was caught in a big storm off Carey Island coast, near to Tanjung Rhu. The islanders believe that the Moyang Getah ( Spirit of the Rubber) had dragged it to the shores against all odds.

During Puja Pantai at low tide, join the Mah Meri as they gather at the altar they built and present their offerings. Watch them dance to accompany the shaman, dressed in traditional attire, and receive blessings. Enjoy lunch at the beach before witnessing the rituals. It's a once-in-a-lifetime affair you should not miss.

Itinerary

  • Day 1
  • 09:00 AM Registration at Mah Meri Cultural Village
  • 10:00 AM Proceed to Kampung Sungai Judah
  • 10:30 AM Special blessing of newly acquired items or newborn baby
  • 11:00 AM Procession and parade of offerings
    Summary
    the whole village will march out towards the shores where the mahligai or the grand alter had stood for many years, to offer the grand feast. The grand alter is almost submerged at high-tide, so the celebration will only start when the water has completely subside. Dances and song of praise accompany the shaman in trance possessed by the spirit getah and other spirits.
    - Walking to the site of the Puja Pantai
  • 01:00 PM Lunch at the beach
  • 01:30 PM Ritual begins
    Summary
    Blessing at Rumah Moyang and offerings. For a small donation, you may join by offering a Bunga Moyang
    - Traditional dance of the Mah Meri
    - The shaman carries out the ritual
    - Offerings afe presented during the Puja Pantai
  • 03:00 PM End of Puja Pantai 2019
Activity
Rural Escape , Cultural Heritage , Educational Fun
Transportation during tour
Others
Extra conditions
Smart casual , Children friendly , Seasonal activity

Others

  • Travel notes
    Do’s & Don’t
    1. Please do not remove origami decorations at the site, they are for the spirits.
    2. Food and drinks at the ritual site are for the participants & villages and not for visitors.
    3. Visitors & guests are given a visitors tag, you may not be permitted to enter the area without one.
    4. Please collect your visitors entry pass at MMCV.
    5. Please observe the notices at the site.

    What happens the day before?
    At sunrise a day before, the villagers take boats out to the sea. They throw rice berteh (popcorn of rice) into the water while villages on the beach offer prayers at the spirit houses along the river mouth. The boats then move to a site 2km away where they believe another tongkang was not saved by Moyang Getah and sunk.

    At sunset the villagers seek audience with loved ones that have passed on at the alters located near to their houses. They offer food and drinks to the deceased and communicate verbally with them.

    At night the shaman and his helpers will engage with the spirit of getah through the shaman and at the height of the trance, the whole village will march out towards the shores where the mahligai or the grand alter had stood for many years, to offer the grand feast. The grand alter is almost submerged at high-tide, so the celebration will only start when the water has completely subside.
    Dances and song of praise accompany the shaman in trance possessed by the spirit getah and other spirits. Food and drinks brought by the villagers were shared at the end of the festival.
  • Poor weather plan
    The itinerary and program may change subject to the tide & weather conditions
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