Friday, April 24, 2009

Mahsuri: Revisited

Langkawi Island is one of the most beautiful and famous attraction in Malaysia. Beautiful for its beaches, waterfalls and lakes. Famous for its legends. One of it is Mahsuri. I remembered during our visit to Langkawi last June, we went to ‘Makam Mahsuri’ to experience first hand about the legend of Mahsuri. Oh she was the most beautiful lady I’ve ever seen (or at least that is what the portrait showed me). I admired (and still admire) her life story.

According to our Malay legend, the beautiful Mahsuri was born to a couple; Pandak Mayah and Cik Alang in Langkawi Island. Mahsuri had many suitors but she soon married a brave warrior, Wan Darus. One day, Wan Darus had to go out to the battlefield, leaving Mahsuri alone to fend herself. She soon gave birth to a baby boy, named Wan Hakim. As jealous as her sister-in-law was, Wan Mahura, accused her of committing adultery. Her brother-in-law, Datuk Pekerma Jaya, was so taken in by Mahura’s accusation, sentenced Mahsuri to death, all without a proper investigation. Mahsuri pleaded her innocence, but to no avail. Mahsuri was tied to a tree and stabbed to death with the ceremonial sword kept at her home. Mahsuri bled white blood, which signifying her innocence. With her dying breath, she laid a curse on Langkawi and its inhabitants, proclaiming that they would be in no prosperity for seven generations. The descendants of Mahsuri continue to live in Phuket, Thailand and her 7th generation descendants, Wan Aisyah Wan Nawawi recently (in 2000) came back to Langkawi to visit Mahsuri’s tomb.

And I think Vanidah Imran is the closest resemblance to Mahsuri. Hubby and I agreed to go and watch Teater Mahsuri tonight. I do hope Fauziah Nawi’s team would be able to deliver the best performance tonight.

Picture 1:
Hotels Langkawi
Picture 2:
Istana Budaya

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