Legends of Langkawi
Tasik Dayang Bunting
Tasik Dayang Bunting is a fresh water lake
on the island of Dayang Bunting, the second largest in the Langkawi archipelago.
There appears to be several versions of the Dayang Bunting legend.
The howling winds and tossing waves threw and dashed
vessels on Pulau Jong (Junk Island), hence the remains of wrecked vessels.
In the stormy affair, a cargo of black and white water buffaloes escaped
to Pulau Gubang Darat (Land Stable Island) and Pulau Gubang Laut (Sea Stable
Island) while the white buffaloes sheltered at Pulau Balar (White Water Buffalo
Island). Yet other boats, laden with rice, was stranded at Pulau Beras Basah
(Wet Rice Island).
Tok Diang asked Mat Teja to get the tears of a mermaid from the sea and to wipe them on his face the next time he met Mambang Sari. He did just that and when Mambang Sari saw him she fell in love with him. They often met at various places to enjoy the beauty and serenity of these spots. They became more intimate and as a result Mambang Sari became pregnant.
She chose to retire at Tasik Dayang Beranak (Lake
of Born Maiden) to give birth. Unfortunately the child died after seven days.
Saddened by the death Mambang Sari took the child's body and threw it into
the lake, Tasik Dayang Beranak. The lake later came to be known as Tasik
Dayang Bunting. Some people believe the water of the lake possesses some
mystical power of helping barren women to bear children.
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