Have you all heard of the legendary tale of Mahsuri? According to Malaysian folklore, she was a beautiful woman, born and raised in Langkawi after her family moved from Siam (later known as Thailand). Unfortunately, the young woman was accused of adultery during the absence of her husband.
The villagers tried to kill her multiple times but to no avail. Mahsuri told them to kill her using her family’s ‘keris’ and she bled out white blood, signifying her innocence, after being stabbed by the weapon. She then cursed the archipelago 7 generations of bad luck. Her family then moved back to Siam. Is this legendary story true or just folklore?
It is said that Langkawi locals believed the folklore to be true after decades of failed crops and invasions by outsiders. It was only at the end of the 20th century that the curse was supposedly lifted and Langkawi began to prosper as a tourist destination. Recently, it was reported that the 7th descendant of the famous Mahsuri came back to visit Langkawi for a celebration.
According to Harian Metro, a woman from Thailand named Wan Aishah Wan Nawawi who is said to be the 7th descendant, came to Kedah to attend the Classic Costume Competition in celebration of ‘Hari Mahsuri’. The 37-year-old became the talk of the town over the weekend. Locals there couldn’t help but marvel at her beauty, proving that she truly is Mahsuri’s descendant.
“Every time I come to Langkawi, the first place I will visit is Mahsuri’s tomb. It always feels like I’m coming home every time I visit the tomb,” she told Utusan. The tomb is where Mahsuri is believed to be buried after she was murdered. In a TikTok video posted above, netizens were entranced by the entrepreneur’s beauty with many commenting that they’re now keen to know more about the legendary story.
For the uninitiated, Wan Aishah previously went viral for being a descendant of Mahsuri after a family friend posted a video of her and her son, who is apparently the 8th descendant of Mahsuri, on TikTok (as seen below). The mother-of-one is also an entrepreneur who just released her new perfume product inspired by the legend of her ancestor.
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