The Legend of Gunung Raya

January 27, 2013

by Gracia Ventus

I just wanted to say thank you to all who have taken the time to read and/or shared your personal experiences with me on the previous post. It’s very heartwarming to hear that we are not alone in the battle against sexism, boys and girls and everyone in between, whether you’re in Australia, Mexico, Asia or anywhere in the world. I will try my best to address your comments one by one over the coming days. In the meantime, here’s a photo taken during my holidays. Louis and I were climbing down a steep, abandoned staircase at the side of a mountain in Langkawi (Malaysia) that led to goodness knows where. I’ll be back with more holiday photos.

“Local lore has it that Langkawi was once home to a band of Giants.
Mat Raya and Mat Cincang were two Giants who were the best of friends.
The son of Mat Cincang and the daughter of Mat Raya were both in love
with each other and the two Giants gleefully agreed to the the union
of their two children. During the wedding ceremony, Mat Raya became
angry when he noticed the bridegroom making eyes at someone else other
than his daughter. As a result of his rage, the two Giants eventually
became involved in a furious argument. Violence ensued and pots and
pans became thrown at each other. The spot where a broken pot fell
became known as the village of Belanga Pecah (broken pot), where the
gravy fell, became the town of Kuah (gravy) and where the hot water
fell became Air Hangat (hot water), where the present day hot springs
are, and finally where the wedding ring fell became known as Tanjung
Cincin (Cape of the Ring). As the two Giants fought, a third giant Mat
Sawar, tried to intervene between the two and separate them. Suddenly
a bolt of lightning struck down from the heavens and as the giants
looked up they turned to stone. Mat Cincang became Gunung Mat Cincang,
which is now the second tallest peak on Langkawi (and infamously now
home to the cable-car ride). Mat Raya bacame Gunung Raya, the tallest
peak in Langkawi. And finally Mat Sawar became Bukit Sawar, a small
hill in-between Gunung Mat Cincang and Mat Raya, still valiantly
trying to separate the two.”*


2 thoughts on “The Legend of Gunung Raya

  • GlassOrganelle

    by GlassOrganelle on January 28, 2013 at 7:40 am

    You have such a beautiful smile :)

    It looks like you’ve had a fun adventure!


    by ODYSSEY on January 29, 2013 at 1:14 am

    What GlassOrganelle said. :)
    Looking forward to more holiday photos..
    Also – cool trousers. Owens DRKSHDW?


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