The Legend of Ulek Mayang, by amirror
Ulek Mayang is an ancient tale about a sea princess who fell in love with a fisherman. The princess abducted the fisherman’s soul, leaving his body unconscious. His friends called a bomoh (shaman) to heal him. When the bomoh conducted the healing ritual to bring the fisherman’s soul back, the princess appeared and responded by calling on five of her sisters to her aid. The battle between the bomoh and the six princesses continued until the seventh and the eldest princess appeared and put an end to it.
“I know your origins,” says the eldest princess, and she commands everyone, “Let those from the sea return to the sea, and those from the land to return to the land.”
The grateful bomoh and fisherman’s friends present the princess with coloured rice as an offering to the spirits of the sea.