Mysterious Burial Site of Mahsuri in Phuket08:30
Mysterious Burial Site of Mahsuri in Phuket
One of the earliest written record of Phuket was found in the Kedah Annals of Malaya. Though it is commonly believed the the name Phuket had originated from the Malay name, Bukit, which means Hill, it was not the original name of the island. Furthermore, its mention in Malayan literature was intriguing, since other than the Malaya names bestowed on the island, Phuket and Ujang Salang, there is no evidence of early Malay inhibitants.
The Kris Was Never Retrieved From Her Body
The origins of these pirates, the Guardian of Mahsuri, have found a strand of evidence in the sailing log of Captain John Jackson, it was recorded that the body of Mahsuri, who was convicted adultery and stabbed with her own Kris (a serpentine dagger) by her fellow villagers in Langkawi, an island off the coast of Kedah, was furtively sneaked out and sailed to Phuket. The body of Mahsuri finally found its resting site at a place called Bukit. The name derived from the shape of a steep tapered hill, resembling the shape of the Kris that took her life, rising above the burial location of Mahsuri.
Friday The 13th
The locals, menaced by the Guardian of Mahsuri, had never told anyone about the burial. The secret was buried also for the fear of the curse of Mahsuri that denounce her death would befall on Phuket instead of Langkawi, which also explained why the local would perform a delivery ritual, on an adorned long tail boat to the waters of Langkawi, whenever the thirteenth day of the month falls on a Friday, which they believe the curse of bad luck is strongest.
This also shed the light on the residence of the Mahsuri decendants in Phuket until today. It is no wonder that the Khmers from Burma who occupied the northern region and along the southern coasts of Koh Sirey and Rawai had never return to the island since the late 18th Century.