Malaysia is well-known for its diversity of unique customs and beliefs that have existed for a long time through many generations, and weddings are no different. Recently, a couple of videos went viral on TikTok, which highlight a bizarre wedding custom by the Orang Asli community in Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan.
The viral video shows an aggressive “battle” taking place between the newlyweds’ male family members. In the video, the bride’s family were seen blocking their attempt to “break into” the bride’s house. According to TikToker @chiaera_, the ceremony is known as the “Upacara Merompak”.
“Hi guys, this is a custom belief by mom’s side in Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan. This is the custom practiced by the Temuan Indigenous society,” she shared in the comments. She also added that the video was taken during her cousin’s wedding ceremony. Apparently, the ceremony is considered completed once they successfully enter the house, and the wedding will proceed as usual.
The TikTok post has since been flooded with tons of interesting comments left by netizens. A lot of them commented that the ceremony can help strengthen the bond between the family members. Others also praised the family for still practicing the traditional custom even in this modern era. There also some who were concerned that the door of the house would collapse due to the commotion.
At the time of writing, @chiaera_’s post has gained over 900k views on TikTok. Watch it here:
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