Ari Moyang with ASRAF RASID

Ari Moyang is about giving thanks to the spirits for all the good things bestowed upon the village.The Mah Meri sees the celebration of Ari Moyang as a compulsory yearly ritual as they believe that it will ward off disaster. We believe the offerings are a way to appease the spirits and to ensure their continuous protection. The Mah Meri Mask Dance, called Mayin Jo-oh, is a traditional dance performed by the Mah Meri tribe of Orang Asli in Malaysia. The dance is performed to invite the ancestral spirits, or moyang, to join in the festivities. In this dance, the performers wear grotesque masks and perform with movements and gestures to relate everyday events such as fishing and celebrations. 
By ASYRAF RASID