My friend Sima's love story of Shirin and Farhad had aspired me to write this story. The Legend of Mahsuri is a famous Malay legend which had been told and retold countless times and became a myth. I never read any of English version of this story, if any. I'm writing this story after gathering information from various local sources and trying my best to stay true to the legend.

Mahsuri - The Legend

According to the legend, Mahsuri was a beautiful Malay lady who lived in Padang Matsirat, Langkawi Island sometimes in 19th century. Her family was from Phuket, Thailand (or formerly known as Siam). Langkawi is an archipelago of islands, north of Malaysia. It was said that Mahsuri was the most beautiful lady in Langkawi. 

She was married to Wan Darus, a warrior. At one time, Wan Darus had to leave Mahsuri alone when he had to go to war. During his absence, Mahsuri befriended a young man named Deraman. Due to her beauty, Mahsuri was envied by most women in the Island, especially Wan Mahora, the wife of the village chief who was also her sister-in law. She started a vicious rumour saying that Mahsuri was having an affair with Deraman in the absence of her husband. Soon, the entire village people turned against Mahsuri and believed the rumour. Mahsuri pleaded her innocence but no one believed her.

The village then condemned her to death. She was tied to a pole and stabbed repeatedly with a keris, (a keris is a traditional Malay weapon), however she did not die. Mahsuri kept on pleading her innocence, but the people did not believe her words. After several failed attempts to kill her, Mahsuri told the people that the only way she can be killed was by using the family keris. 

When she stabbed with her family's keris, a white blood flowed from her body to signify her innocence. The villagers were shocked and regretted their action, but it was too late. With her dying breath, Mahsuri cursed the village to have bad luck for seven generations. 

When Wan Darus came back from the war, he was shocked to hear his wife had been killed. He decided to leave Langkawi with his young son, and his family in-laws. 

Many locals of Langkawi believed the legend to be true, citing decades of bad crops and various wars between Siam after the death of Mahsuri. At the last invasion by Siam, the local burnt their rice field rather than allowing the field to be fallen in the hands of Siamese soldiers. The place is still known as "Beras Terbakar - Burnt Rice". 

Only at the end of 20th century; supposedly after seven generations, that Langkawi begun to prosper and became a tourist destination. Beras Terbakar and Padang Matsirat until now become popular places being visited by locals.

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Comment by noaslpls on June 23, 2013 at 15:03

Dear Ha .. I'm looking forward to read the story(ies). 

Comment by I am Vietnamese on June 23, 2013 at 14:52

I think she likes ellipsis only! dot dot dot... hehehe

Comment by noaslpls on June 23, 2013 at 14:36

Dear Ha .. I love sharing the story with everyone. Like Expector Smith said, it's good if every member can share their folklore stories in here.

Comment by noaslpls on June 23, 2013 at 14:33

Oh Madam Kara .. Thank you for reading it. I love to share the story with everyone.

Comment by noaslpls on June 23, 2013 at 14:29

Hehehhe  Sima and Vieeetttt .. this is just for the two of you. LOL

Comment by I am Vietnamese on June 23, 2013 at 12:12

Haha lovely Sima, I can read your words very easily now :)) 

Comment by Kara on June 23, 2013 at 11:58
Oh Madam Noas, I love reading your historical story... :-)
Comment by A dream on June 23, 2013 at 11:38

ha ha ha YOU ARE VIETNAMESE ....i have lots of them but not the right place ..ha ha ha this is one of my problem i know that ...can you read it ?

Comment by I am Vietnamese on June 23, 2013 at 11:31

Where was Sima's punctuation marks?? I feel really difficult to read Sima's comments lately. I noticed that she didn't use any punctuation marks or keyboard was designed without those symbols. LOL

Comment by noaslpls on June 23, 2013 at 11:13

Dear Sis Sima .. yes, it was the truth. When I was reading your story about Shirin and Farhad, it reminds me of this famous legend. It made me want to share with everyone, because even though most Malaysians were familiar with the story, it was not really a mainstream story. 

I think most countries have their own version of this kind of legend. It's interesting to learn and read about them. And Expector Smith is right, members should try to translate and write about their nice stories, legends and myth and share it with members in here.

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