Legends of Langkawi
The legends associated with Langkawi are very old and known to have existed since ancient times. Many of these legends are vague in their origins and have lost their appeal over the years; but some have survived the test of time and are fresh in the minds of the people of Langkawi. Most of the places often frequented by people have a tale or legend of their own which make them more special with an added attraction.

Mahsuri
The best known legend of Langkawi is of Mahsuri, a pretty maiden who lived some 200 years ago. She died under tragic circumstances for a crime she did not commit. She died a victim of a conspiracy plotted against her out of jealousy for her magnetic personality. She was accused of committing adultery and was sentenced to death by the Chief of Langkawi, Dato Karma Jaya, her own father-in-law.

As proof of her innocence, some people say, white blood was seen gushing out of her wound during execution. Others maintain there was the sudden appearance of white mist that enveloped the spot where she was executed, which it was believed was a sign of mourning of her innocence.

Mahsuri is best remembered for her curse on Langkawi which was uttered before she died. She had said, "For this act of injustice Langkawi shall not prosper for seven generations to come."

Decades after Mahsuri's death, Langkawi experienced a period of tribulation with her population dwindling in size. The island became a desolate place, beset by series of misfortunes. It was not able to regain its splendour for a long period of time.

Many believe the curse is now over with the numerous development projects undertaken on the island.

 
Legends of Langkawi

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Mahsuri
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Gunung Raya and
Gunung Mat Cincang

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Gua Cerita
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Tasik Dayang Bunting
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Beras Terbakar


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