Chasing Tok Temong, a most well respected yet mysterious figure of Perak's ancient ruling class. Bonus: Tom Temong was a chick and not a dude
DYMM Paduka Seri Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Yussuf Izzudin and DYMM Tuanku Bainun visiting the grave of Tok Temong as part of the tradition governing his installation in 1985.
Tok Temong (real name Tun Perobu), was a daughter of Bendahara Tun Perak of Malacca. During the installation of DYMM Paduka Seri Sultan Muzaffar Shah, the first Sultan of Perak, Tok Temong presented the new Sultan with the Mestika Embun which was said to be made of petrifed dew, as a gift. In return, DYMM Paduka Seri Sultan Muzaffar Shah presented her with a golden puan bujur (an oval-shaped betel leaf container) that she declined to accept. She instead requested an understanding from him that she be allowed to continue to rule the area of Temong located upstream of the Perak River, and that the Sultan and his successors to keep to the left bank (when faced downstream) of the river only. Her request was granted and this tradition was adhered to throughout the Sultanate until the reign of DYMM Paduka Seri Sultan Idris Murshidul Azzam Shah ibni Almarhum Raja Bendahara Alang Iskandar (1887-1916). Today, the Mestika Embun is one of the Articles of the Perak Regalia. And paying homage to Tok Temong’s grave along with the graves of the earlier Sultans has become one of the rituals for the installation of a new Perak ruler. Following the installation and the invocation of the Perak Guardian Spirits ceremonies (bertabal jin or now known as bertabal adat), the new ruler and his consort would perform pilgrimage to the Royal Tombs that begin with the grave of Tok Temong.
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