Potong Andam



Potong Andam is a ritual which Malay brides undergo before their wedding day to determine their virginity. It is believed that the ritual can make the bride appear more radiant, stabilize her spiritual well-being and protect her from evil disturbances.


This solemn ceremony can only be conducted with the bride’s permission. The ritual is carried out by the Mak Andam, a woman (usually 40 years old and above) who beautifies the bride for the wedding.


The Mak Andam who performs the ritual of Potong Andam or Potong Perajan (as it is known to the Malays in Johor, Malaysia) can tell whether the bride is a virgin (masih dara) or not from the way her hair falls. It is believed that a bride who is no longer a virgin will lose the radiance on her face. Thus, the Mak Andam will try her best to naikkan seri muka (make the radiance appear) through a mixture of prayers and andaman (style of make-up).


The outcome of Potong Andam is only known to the Mak Andam and the bride. Mak Andam must NOT reveal the outcome to anyone (although sometimes the Mak Andam tells the mother of the bride if she is present at the ritual and only if it is necessary to inform her).

Research done by Zainab binti Yahya in Perak, Malaysia reveals the following findings:


a. By cutting strands of hair from the forehead, right and left sides of the head.
If the hair falls in the shape of [ O ], then the bride is a not virgin. If it falls bending to the left [ ))) ], the bride is a virgin. If it falls bending in the direction to the right [ ((( ], she is a virgin and will be happy living with her future husband.
If the hair from the forehead falls straight towards the direction of the bride; if the hair from the right side falls to the left and if the hair from left side falls to the right, it indicates that the bride is a virgin but she will not be happy living with her future husband.


b. By massaging 3 strands of hair from the forehead 3 times with the right hand.
The Mak Andam mutters mantras with every massage (which indirectly ‘straighten’ the hair). She blows the forehead and releases the hair (without cutting).
If the bride is a virgin, the 3 strands of hair will ‘curl’ up to its original position.
If the bride is not a virgin, the 3 strands of hair will remain ‘straight’.

Read more here: http://www.potong-andam-the-film.com/


Kalau buat Potong Perajan kat Johor nanti, for sure my Mak Andam nampak I dah tak virgin. Yelah, majlis resepsi kat Johor tu 2 BULAN after akad nikah di Kuching. 2 bulan bebbbb, DUA bulan! Husband mane boleyh tahan..? Haha.


Sekian, Kamsahamida~

9 doll(s) whispering:

ezany said...
December 29, 2009 at 3:25 PM

eceh.. lain macam jer ayat husband mane boleh tahan.. hahaha..

cik selamah kundang said...
December 29, 2009 at 4:35 PM

hahahaha....nk gelak xsudah ni.memng nk gelak paling kuat kalah gelak kutuk liza

AiFA Cho-CHang said...
December 29, 2009 at 5:10 PM

ezany,
betol kan? lps kawen tu payah.. kan dh halal. haha

aida,
yes!!!

muni,
liza di mana2. bahaya2

kasyfi said...
December 30, 2009 at 3:13 PM

dah menjadi tanggungjawab memberi nafkah.. lgpon itulah kemanisan berumah tangga, arassoh? :P

kasyfi said...
December 30, 2009 at 3:25 PM

cpt nyer reply, xda kje er?

AiFA Cho-CHang said...
December 30, 2009 at 3:35 PM

aah, nak tggu nasik kenduri dr penang sampai je ptg nie..

tgh cr keje..i mean pekerjaan.

kasyfi said...
December 30, 2009 at 3:46 PM

jauh nyer dari penang kesian nyer org yg beli tue....