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In this blog, I want to share with you another famous Malay legend/myth. It is called 'Puteri Gunung Ledang' which literally can be translated as The Princess of Ledang Mountain.
Princess of Ledang Mountain : Part I
According to the legend, Sultan Mahmud Syah, the eight King of Melaka was in a deep mourning due to the death of his wife. So deep his mourning was that he neglected his infant son, the heir of the throne, his other wives and the administration of Melaka. His aides were worried, but there was nothing they could do to wake him from his melancholy.
One night, his Majesty had a dream. In his dream, he met the most beautiful woman. It was said that the Majesty was so enthralled with her beauty that he did not want to wake up. When he woke up, he called upon his most trusted aides, Bendahara Tun Pepatih Serdang and Laksamana Hang Tuah. His Majesty told his dream to his aides and asked for their interpretation. However, both of his aides were also clueless. Therefore, his Majesty called Palace's witch doctor and asked him the meaning of his dream.
After peering through several ornaments, the witch doctor concluded that His Majesty had met the Princess of Ledang Mountain, who had been residing on the Mountain for hundreds of years, in his dream. His Majesty was so surprise. He had heard about the beauty of the Princess, but he did not think that there was a truth in that.
So besotted His Majesty was he informed his aides that he wanted to marry the Princess of Ledang Mountain. And he wanted his most trusted aides, Hang Tuah and Tun Mamat to lead a team of Palace's people to go to Ledang Mountain and ask the Princess for her hand of marriage. Both of his trusted aides were shocked to hear His Majesty edict especially Hang Tuah. However, both of them knew that they had to carry out His Majesty's edict and proceeded to gather a group of young warriors to accompany them. Tun Mamat, a warrior who was said to know the jungle well would be leading the group.
The day after edict, the group started their journey to the South of Melaka to where the Ledang Mountain is located. After a few days of travelling, the group felt that they were on the right track when the vicinity of the jungle was getting cooler. However, the rough journey was taking its toll on Hang Tuah. He was no longer the fiercest warrior and he was already an old man. Realising that Hang Tuah was no longer can keep up with the rest of the group, Tun Mamat reluctantly asked Hang Tuah to stay at the foot of the mountain.
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