Malay Culture & Art

Malays are an Austronesian ethnic group and nation native to the Malay Peninsula, eastern Sumatra of Indonesia and coastal Borneo, as well as the smaller islands which lie between these locations — areas that are collectively known as the Malay world. These locations are today part of the nations of Brunei and Malaysia (two of the modern-Malay nation state), Indonesia, Singapore, and southern Thailand.

There is considerable genetic, linguistic, cultural, and social diversity among the many Malay subgroups, mainly due to hundreds of years of immigration and assimilation of various regional ethnicities and tribes within Maritime Southeast Asia. Historically, the Malay population is descended primarily from the earlier Malayic-speaking Austronesians and Austroasiatic tribes who founded several ancient maritime trading states and kingdoms, notably Brunei, Kedah (where Langkawi is now) , Langkasuka, Gangga Negara, Chi Tu, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Pahang, Melayu and Srivijaya.

AHV, will share some parts of the life of the Malays, through the gallery of Malay Culture (Adat Melayu), the performances, workshops and wedding rituals of the Malay couples.
There are but a few important moments in a Malay family, starting with the ‘melenggang perut” or the massage of the pregnant woman’s belly, to the birth, “cukur jambul” or cutting of the first hair of a child. Then, whether a girl or a boy shall be circumcised in the “berkhatan” ceremony. Eventually the biggest day of their life is when they become “Raja Sehari” or King for A Day during their wedding. You can experience this fantastic ceremony at Ayer Hangat Village.

Ayer Hangat Village

Jalan Air Hangat, Mukim Air Hangat, 07000, Langkawi, Kedah
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Telephone: +60 11-1950 6460 (Reservations)