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Hari Moyang, Puja Pantai Festival 2020

Selangor, Malaysia

Duration
6.5 hours
Capacity
1 - 200 travelers
Booking notice
2 days
Standard price
RM 90.00

★★★★★
Rashid
I speak English, Malay

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.


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Itinerary

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.
10:00 am : Proceed to Kampung Sungai Judah.
10:30 am : Special blessing of newly acquired items or newborn baby at Rumah Moyang.
11:00 am : Procession and parade of offerings. 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.
12:00 pm : Special Hari Moyang performance. Dances and song of praise accompany the shaman in trance possessed by the spirit getah and other spirits.
12: 30 pm : Lunch for visitors.
02:00 pm : Offering to Moyang at Grand Altar. The grand alter is almost submerged at high-tide, so the celebration will only start when the water has completely subside.
03:00 pm Ritual.
04:30 pm Program ends.
Walking to the site of the Puja Pantai

The Ritual

At 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.

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

Through the 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 had 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.
The Mask Men of Malaysia celebrate Puja Pantai

Travel notes

No minimum age. Kids below 6 years is free but no food.

Poor weather plan

The itinerary and program may change subject to the tide & weather conditions.

Where we will meet

Mah Meri Cultural Village, Jalan Kampong Orang Asli Sungai Bumbun, Kampung Manikavasagam, Carey Island, Selangor, Malaysia

How to get there

Ratings
★★★★★ 3.3

3 Reviews
  • Harsha
    Reviewed in February 2020

    The was interesting but not really worth the Rm90 per person. The museum and the center are well worth the visit and the actual procession was interesting to watch, however there was not enough information given to us about what was actually going on during the procession or ceremony. We could just as well have gone by ourselves and followed. The all day rain did not help, but even without the rain, the actual tour could be much more informative.

  • Jessica
    Reviewed in January 2020

    The event itself was interesting. We would have liked more explanations about what was going on as noone explained anything.
    And it was very disorganised on the transport side.

  • Ragunath
    Reviewed in January 2020

    It was a wonderful experience to witness first-hand the actual ritual that has been done for generations by the Mah Meri tribal people.

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Price including
Entrance to sites & Mah Meri Cultural Village
Welcoming headdress
Guided tour to ritual sites (village & site)
Lunch at Mah Meri Cultural Village
Origami flower offering

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How 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"