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Puja Pantai Ritual 2018

Selangor, Malaysia
20 February, 2018
7 hours
1 - 50 travelers
Booking notice
1 day
Standard price
MYR 66.00/Pax
Rashid I speak English, Malay
Celebrate the ancient ritual of Puja Pantai with the Mah Meri - and be part of their mysterious tradition.

Hari Moyang, 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.

At low tide, the Mah Meri would gather at the altar they built and present their offerings. Dressed in their traditional costumes, the performers would dance to accompany the shaman. These are some of the fascinating things you will get to witness, carried out for generations across centuries. After the ritual, you will have lunch and enjoy some activities at the cultural village.


  • Day 1 7.0hours
    Celebrate the annual ritual in honor of the spirits of the seas practiced by the Mah Meri tribe of Carey Island.

    09.30 am : Registration @ Mah Meri Cultural Village
    11.00 am : Blessing of Balai @ Kg. Sg. Judah
    11.30 am : Puja Pantai March @ Kg. Sg. Judah
    01.00 pm : Puja Pantai ritual @ Pantai Tg. Rhu
    01.00 pm - 04.30 pm : Lunch, leaf origami demonstration & arrangement, mangrove timber sculturing, galleries open @ MMCV
    04.30 pm : Program ends
    - The shaman carries out the ritual
    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.
    - Traditional dance of the Mah Meri
    - The shaman carries out the ritual
Rural Escape , Cultural Heritage , Educational Fun
Transportation during tour
Extra conditions
Smart casual , Children friendly , Seasonal activity


  • Travel notes
    1. The itinerary and program may change subject to the tide & weather conditions
    2. Volunteers required for Puja Pantai preparation & beach cleaning
    3. For full ritual of two days please ask for quotation

    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 visitirs entry pass at MMCV
    5. Please observe the notices at the site
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