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MAH MERI "PUJA PANTAI" RITUAL

Hari Moyang, Puja Pantai is the last of the important rituals still being practiced by the Mah Meri. Puja Pantai rituals is appeasing the spirits of the seas. The ritual started many years ago when a tongkang ( ship ) carrying passengers and supplies was caught in a big storm off Carey Island coast, near to Tanjung Rhu. Tanjung Rhu faces the Malacca Straits and the open seas. None of the islanders thought that the ship would survive the storm. To their surprise the ship appears to be dragged to the shores by some unknown forces into safety during the storm. Following that incident the villagers believed that Moyang Getah ( Spirit of the rubber ) had saved the ship and its passengers. Moyang Getah has no relationship to rubber or rubber trees, but the ship had been saved by what they believe to be spirit that had shoved the ship towards the shore, as if glue or rubber. The origami decorations at the site, they are for the spirits.