Rentak Selangor 2018 (Part 2)

Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ As promised, now sharing Part 2๏ธโƒฃ of the Rentak Selangor aka Beats of Selangor 2018 ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜

SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has travelled with the writers team ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ to Carey Island ๐ŸŒด ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ to meet the Mah Meri ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘บpeople to learn more about their richness history & cultures ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿค—

At present, Mah Meri’s ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘บpopulation is more than 4๏ธโƒฃK people ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ซ

So,ย  what’s their musics ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽถ & dances ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ•ด๐Ÿปโ“โ‰๏ธ

Mayin Jo-oh Music & Dance

This is a mask ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘บtraditional dance ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป which performed to invite ancestral spirits aka muyang to join the festivalsย by Mah Meri people ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘บ

Mah Meri ๐Ÿ‘บ๐Ÿ‘น people isย 1๏ธโƒฃ of the 1๏ธโƒฃ8๏ธโƒฃ tribes of indigenous people aka Orang Asli & one said only resides at Carey Island ๐ŸŒด ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ of Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ

The male ๐Ÿ‘ฌ Mah Meri ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘บ dancers will wear the grotesque wooden masks ๐ŸŽญ carved, dance clothes made with tree ๐ŸŒณ skin & palm/ mengkuang leaves ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟย Generally, the males’ ๐Ÿ‘ฌ are with more exaggerated dance moves to express the spirit of the mask ๐ŸŽญ & in clockwise ๐Ÿ”ƒ direction around the female ๐Ÿ‘ญ dancers

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While the female ๐Ÿ‘ญ dancers will wear the skirts made ofย palm/ mengkuang leaves ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟย & plaited mengkuang head gear. They will dance anti-clockwise ๐Ÿ”„ around an earthen mound named as “a busot” ๐Ÿ˜€

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This dance ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป is performed with gestures to relate the annual Ari Muyang ritual ceremony, everyday events e.g. fishing ๐ŸŽฃ , celebrations ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰ etc. & with the music ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต ๐ŸŽผ played from the music instruments below,

  • bamboo๐ŸŽ‹๐ŸŽstampers named “tuntog”
  • a viola ๐ŸŽปnamed “jule”
  • the double-headed drum ๐Ÿฅ named “tambo”
  • a brass gong named “a-tawa”

Do enjoy the short clipsย ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŽฅ captured while the travel team members ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ mostly joined in to enjoy this traditional dance ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป with Mah Meri ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘บ dancers ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

Spirit Wood Carving

The Mah Meri ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘บ people also well known ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป with their spiritual wood carving, apart from its richness of music, songs ๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽผ & dances

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Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ @siennylovesdrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป continues #BeatsOfSelangor aka #RentakSelangor 2018 ๐ŸŽผ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽตDay 3๏ธโƒฃ . She learnt a lot from #MahMeri people ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘บ(1๏ธโƒฃ of the 1๏ธโƒฃ8๏ธโƒฃ tribes of indigenous people aka #OrangAsli), only in Carey Island ๐ŸŒด of Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ They are known with spirit wood craving, richness of their songs ๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽผ & dances . Guess whatโ“โ‰๏ธ . She observed the preparing mask ๐Ÿ‘บ (for dance named Mayin Jo-oh, traditional dance performed to invite ancestral spirits aka muyang) with wood, tree ๐ŸŒณ skin, palm/ mengkuang leaves ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ etc. . A great ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ƒ day at #PulauCarey #CareyIsland ๐Ÿšคโ›ต๏ธ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒŠ , do enjoy this IG posting 1๏ธโƒฃst with photos ๐Ÿ“ธ & short clips ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŽฅ captured. More updates soon, blog ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“ link @ profile . @gayatravel @tourismselangor @discoverselangor @smartselangor @mymotac #DiscoverSelangor #SmartSelangor #NBOS #MyNBOS #VM2020 #SayangMalaysia #GayaTravel #gayaXevents #MyDestination #CutiCutiMalaysia #MalaysiaTrulyAsia #travel #travelling #blog #blogging #bloggers #blogger #influencer #influencers #siennylovesdrawing

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They are mostly with the remarkable wood carving skills, in particular wood sculptures & masks ๐ŸŽญ All are depict their Ari Muyang, mythical creatures, animal spirits e.g. birds ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ… , dragon ๐Ÿ‰ etc. from the Mah Meri’s ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘บsurroundings of swamp, sea ๐ŸŒŠ & forest ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ

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According to 1๏ธโƒฃ of the Mah Meri ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘บ wood carver (Oppsss…She forgot to ask โ“about his name), he shared that sometimes he carves the sculptures as per his dreams ๐Ÿ’ญ The forms & figures actually appeared a few times in the dreams ๐Ÿ’ญ which most of the Mah Meri ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘บwood carvers would believe the messages ๐Ÿ“œ from the other world ๐ŸŒ to them for spiritual wood carvings ๐Ÿ˜Š

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So, upon waking up, he would then set to carve the figures that he encountered in his dreams ๐Ÿ’ญ ย He added that some sculptures are carved for the purpose of healing too

Traditionally, the materials for wood carving including nyireh stone, rare red mangrove hardwood etc. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Palm/ mengkuang leaves ๐ŸŒฟ weaving/ origami

Guess whatโ“โ‰๏ธ

For Mah Meri ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘บ females ๐Ÿ‘ญ to get married๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿป, they must good ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป at weaving. Ha…Ha…An interesting fact learnt๐Ÿ˜†

Accordingly, most of the Mah Meri ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘บ females ๐Ÿ‘ญ are well known ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป with their impressive weaving skills. It was once said & believed that Mah Meri ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘บleaf ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿƒ origami to be the oldest in the world ๐Ÿ—บ ๐ŸŒ Wowโ€ผ๏ธ

SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป loves ๐Ÿ’— her head gear received from Mah Meri ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘บ people as welcoming gift ๐Ÿ’ which was folded with the palm leavesย ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟย upon her entering to the village ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿก

Among the weaving designs are spirit flowers๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ’, birds ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ… etc., objects of adornments e.g. head gears, belts etc. to be worn for celebration ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐ŸŽŠ , jewelleries, purses๐Ÿ‘›๐Ÿ‘, baskets etc.

The young fronds of the palm leaves are intricately to be folded to make offerings & ornaments for the ritual ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป ceremonies of the Mah Meri ๐Ÿ‘บ๐Ÿ‘น people ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ

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Ari Muyang

On an annual basis, Mah Meri ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘บpeople ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ will gather together at the Spirit House ๐Ÿ  in their village named Rumah Muyang to celebrate its Spirit & Ancestor Festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ named Ari Muyang Festival around mid March ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿคฉ

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Ari Muyang Festival ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰ is celebrating for 3๏ธโƒฃ days with aims to seek protection, to appease the spirit guardians & to offer prayers ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป to honour their ancestorsโ˜บ๏ธ

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She was told that during the festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠceremony, the spirit mediums or known as “dukun” will enter into a state of trance ~ an inhabited by a muyang’s spirit. The “dukun” will bless the Mah Meri ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘บ people ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ by smearing their foreheads & forearms with rice ๐Ÿš powder mixed with flowers ๐Ÿ’ ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒป & leaves ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒฑ

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Then, Mayin Jo’oh dance ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป will be performed to inviting the muyang to join in this festive celebration ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ

SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป wishes to celebrate this mentioned Ari Muyang Festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ with the Mah Meri ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘บ peopleย ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ซ in the near future then ๐Ÿ˜„

A great ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ƒย cultural learning day at Carey Island ๐Ÿšคโ›ต๏ธ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒŠย of Selangor, Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ with media ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“ team ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ of Rentak Selangor 2018

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Ohh ya…Let’s enjoy her vblog & short clipย ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŽฅ captured about an awesome ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿปย day visit to Homestay Sg Haji Dorani ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

She has enjoyed a great experience by meeting the local people ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ซ as well as learning better about the traditional music ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต instruments & enjoyed the awesome performance by Kompang Anak Selangor aka KOMPAS

Guess whatโ“โ‰๏ธ

She has learnt much more about kuda kepang ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿด (kuda lumping for Indonesia ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ ) , Barongan, Gamelan, Shadow Play aka Wayang Kulit as well as enjoyed the hands on (including young kids ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿป) music instruments with the guidance from the friendly musicians ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜

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Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ Itโ€™s really a great ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป pleasure for @siennylovesdrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป to be part of the media team ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ for #BeatsOfSelangor aka #RentakSelangor 2018 ๐ŸŽผ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต . Enjoyed a great experience today meeting the local people ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ซ as well as learning better about the traditional music ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต instruments & enjoyed the awesome performance by #KompangAnakSelangor aka KOMPAS at @homestay_sg_hj_dorani ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ . Guess whatโ“โ‰๏ธ She learnt much more about #kudakepang ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿด (#kudalumping for Indonesia ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ ) , #Barongan, #Gamelan , #ShadowPlay aka #WayangKulit as well as enjoyed the hands on (including young kids ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿป) music instruments with the guidance from the friendly musicians ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ . A memorable day at #HomestaySgHajiDorani ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ enjoyed this posting with photos ๐Ÿ“ธ & short clips ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŽฅ captured 1๏ธโƒฃst. More updates soon, blog ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“ link @ profile . @gayatravel @tourismselangor @discoverselangor @smartselangor @mymotac #DiscoverSelangor #SmartSelangor #NBOS #MyNBOS #VM2020 #SayangMalaysia #GayaTravel #gayaXevents #MyDestination #CutiCutiMalaysia #MalaysiaTrulyAsia #travel #travelling #blog #blogging #bloggers #blogger #influencer #influencers #siennylovesdrawing

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Do invite ๐Ÿ“ฉ๐Ÿ“ง๐Ÿ’Œย SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป again, just can’t wait to be in forย Rentak Selangor 2019 ya

#RentakSelangorย #DiscoverSelangorย #BeatsOfSelangorย #SmartSelangorย #NBOSย #MyNBOS#VM2020ย #SayangMalaysiaย #GayaTravelย #gayaXeventsย #MyDestinationย #CutiCutiMalaysia#MalaysiaTrulyAsiaย #Selangorย #Malaysiaย #travelย #travellingย #blogย #blogging#bloggersย #bloggerย #influencerย #influencersย #CareyIsland #MahMeri #orangasli

15 thoughts on “Rentak Selangor 2018 (Part 2)

  1. A beautiful and interesting culture indeed. I haven’t heard about this before, and I love how colorful this festivity is. The spiritual wood carving is something I should really have to check If I get here. I truly love the art and the history behind it, it must be something fulfilling. Those mask while dancing is truly captivating I have not seen something like that before. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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  2. Looks like you had so much fun! I would love to see the Mah Meri culture in person. The place looks so tranquil and serene too. Do the Mah Meri speak English? I’d love to strike up a conversation with them! Thanks for the neat article!

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    1. Yes, yes, I had a great time during my visit to Mah Meri village. Most of the Mah Meri people are speaking good English, reason being many foreign tourists visiting them at Carey Island to learn more of their unique art & cultures. Also many tourists will join their Ari Muyang annual celebration too : )

      Thanks so much for your compliments to my blogging ya ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Most welcome MaryJo, happy that you enjoy my blogging about Mah Meri cultures here : ) Absolutely agree with you that many more cultures around the world for us to explore, am hoping more opportunities to arrive ๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. Your blog post reminds me of the the different dances of the indigenous tribes in our country. It is almost similar to that. I haven’t watched any indigenous tribe dance in real life but I have seen a lot in movies. Glad that you enjoyed your time in there.

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