Langkawi- Myths

No matter being isolated, every place has its own myths and stories to brag about. Every place upholds their heritage in those stories.

The story of Mashuri village intermixes events and tears. Around 200 years ago, There was a farmer girl in langkawi village. Her name was Mashuri. The village head eyed to make her his second wife. But, when the first wife opposed he had to resist that wish. Eventually, she married a young guy from the village. Before even the honeymoon days were over, he went to distant lands on a war. At that time, a story teller came to the village. The village mesmerized in his magical words. He didn’t have a place to stay in a village unknown to him. Mashuri invited him to stay at her home, After a night, The wife of village head accused her of prostitution. Though she cried and denied all accusations, village head punished her with death sentence. But she didn’t wait for the sentence. Instead she killed herself by shoving a knife to her neck. Myth says that, to prove her innocence, the blood that splattered from her neck was whitish. This is stated as the reason for Langkawi’s soil being more whitish than else where. With Mashuri’s innocent blood splattered on earth, langkawi was cursed for seven generations to remain deserted and barren. Those cursed seven generations were overcome very recently. The old folks believe this saying that it was after that time, langkawi started to prosper in Tourism.

The knife used by Mashuri and her cremation has been preserved as heritage centres within the village itself by Malaysian government. Mashuri has been rediscovered as a museum of Malay art and culture. Malay houses are idols of simplicity. they are built on beams raised from ground and paved with wooden blocks. They look as beautiful as a small nest.

In Mashuri village, palm and banana grow in abundant. Here traditional Malay music can be heard with it original essence. In closed copper vessels, a cloth laden stick used to play. This traditional music is known as “chalempong”. This instrument is traditionally played by Muslim girls.

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