The legend of Mahsuri and the curse of Langkawi island
On Langkawi island there is very beautiful and sad legend about beautiful girl Mahsuri (Mahsuri). There was a story in the 19th century, and locals believe that Mahsuri was a real person, and there are even the descendants of her family. Some versions of the legends talk about Princess Mahsuri, but actually it's not, and she was a simple girl, daughter of immigrants from the island of Phuket in Siam (today Thailand). She was the most beautiful girl on the island, and was married to a warrior van Darosa (Wan Darus), brother of the head of the village, Padang Matsirat, the then capital of the island.
One day her husband went to war with the Siamese (Thais). While he was away, Mahsuri befriended a traveler who arrived on the island, but their relationship was pure. But all women on the island was very jealous of her beauty, and was especially jealous of her sister-in-law, who was the wife of the head of the village. She began to spread rumors that Mahsuri was unfaithful to her husband, and that at the time was a great crime, which was punished by death. Despite the excuses of innocence, the villagers sentenced her to death.
The execution was brutal. Girl tied to a pole and began to deprive of life through traditional dagger "Chris". But as they did not try to kill her, she didn't die, but suffered greatly. Then she prayed and said to the executioners, that only her ancestral dagger could kill her. When the executioners used a generic dagger, she finally stopped torturing himself, and died, and her wounds began to leak white blood as a sign of innocence. The villagers in horror realized that executing the innocent, but it was too late. With the last sighs Mahsuri whispered, cursed the island and all its inhabitants, and misery will crumble on them for seven generations.
The locals truly believe in the legend and believe that the curse is finally over at the end of the last century. They argue that since the island began to live in peace, it ceased to happen the troubles and tragedy, and began to develop tourism.