Celebrate the ancient ritual of Puja Pantai with the Mah Meri on 29 January 2020 - 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.
Celebrate the annual ritual in honor of the spirits of the seas practiced by the Mah Meri tribe of Carey Island.09:00 am : Registration at Mah Meri Cultural Village.
The RitualAt sunrise a day before the villagers gather on the beachside and together they took boats out to the sea near the mouth of a river. There they throw rice berteh ( popcorn of rice ) into the water while the villages who were on the beach offer prayers at the spirit houses along the river mouth. The boats then moved towards the sea about two kilometers to a site where they believed that another tongkang was not saved by Moyang Getah and sunk.
Mah Meri Cultural Village, Jalan Kampong Orang Asli Sungai Bumbun, Kampung Manikavasagam, Carey Island, Selangor, MalaysiaHow to get there
Self Drive: You may park your car at the carpark of the Mah Meri Cultural Village. Search "Mah Meri Cultural Village" or "Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Bumbun, 42960 Pulau Carey, Kuala Langat, Selangor, Malaysia"