The Poetics and Politics of Main Puteri

By Izzuddin Ramli

November 2021 FEATURE
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Courtesy of PUSAKA, photo by Karl Rafiq Nadzarin.
WITH TROUBLED THOUGHTS, Din Puteri leans against a corner post of the balai, next to a row of trays filled with offerings of eggs, yellow glutinous rice, bananas, roast chicken and an assortment of flowers. For the past two nights, the balai had been transformed into a magnificent palace for a Main Puteri performance at the Pulau Keseng village, Kelantan. Now, the awak-awak (musicians) are packing up their drums, canang, kesi and gong.As Din Puteri blows the dust off the...

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Izzuddin Ramli

is a Kelantanese analyst at Penang Institute. He is a writer who seeks refuge in Penang, and agrees with Rumi that the Earth is not our home, we are just passing through.