Thursday, March 05, 2009

Bunga, Mandi Bunga dan Mat Bunga

I woke up this morning and it was hazy..the sky was grey but my rose has bloomed the smell was so nice and fresh, so does my jasmine. Yesterday it was the size of 50 cents coin and today it double the size...The colour match my baju kurung today...





One of my friend was interested with a pot of jasmine the other day but due to her husband's pantang larang, she had to just admire the beauty and smell the flower.
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Some people especially Malay, believes that fragrant flowers like bunga melur/jasmine, kemboja, sundal malam and kesidang should not be planted near the house coz when the night came, there will be visitors from the other world due to the smell or fragrant from those flowers.

I don't know how true it is and don't have the intention to cakap besar but I do loves all those sweet flowers. There are many ghost stories that has been associated strong smell like flowers...when we were in secondary school, every Friday morning we will wake up much early to go for jogging from Seberang Perak to Air Pancut (infront of Balai Seni)and we normally took a short cut, that means we have to passed by a graveyard..and there many kemboja flowers on the ground with various colour and the smell was nice but passing by in between batu nesan was like a very long journey...it was indeed a journey to remember...but never a horror one

There is another species of flower that for me, too hard to take care of is pokok kera nasi, the smell is much stronger but the flowers are half the size of jasmine. We need to build trellis for them to crawl and they need ample sunlight and enough water..and they make a good centre piece for dining table..just let few float on a transparent bowl and you don't need Ambi Pur in your house :-)

These are the flowers that normally been used for mandi bunga and sirih junjung. For mandi bunga, one need to find seven types of flowers or seven colours and limau purut..normally it will be held at bomoh's or dukun's house and there will be berasap for whatever reason...many years ago, I accompanied my friend for this mandi bunga at one old lady's house, the room was small and dark with no window, we sat on timber floor which were covered with old and faded tikar mengkuang...she recited mantera and holding a small cup with kemeyan and the session of berasap started ..it was scary for me, dark and smoky room with no ventilation...if she is not my best friend I think I won't be there at all....

After she made few circles in front of my friend's face with that kemeyan, she was led to the bathroom for mandi bunga..

It was an important event in her life before she got married..but mandi bunga did not help much, she ended up with a whirlwind marriage....and I was scolded when I informed my mom that I accompanied my friend for mandi bunga :-P

(Anyway according to Hukum hakam mandi bunga untuk mendapatkan jodoh is Haram!!)

Whatever it is, I don't like Mat Bunga, the one that write letters (dolu-dolu) with ayat cintan cintun meleret-leret and end the letter with 'pecah kaca, pecah gelas..' ... Pecah gelas, I buang lerr... Peace

13 comments:

Nong said...

Wah... cantik bunga tu. I wish i have green fingers like you. Depan rumah my grandma ada pokok bunga cempaka. Dah nak dekat 50 tahun pokok tu. Masa kecik2 dulu kalau time berbunga, seram nak keluar rumah malam2... Harum semacam...

Anonymous said...

dulu di rumah mak saya ditanam depan rumah pokok bunga melur tepi gate nak masuk rumah.

tiap2 malam lepas maghrib bau wangi sangat... lagi ditegur lagi wangi. sekali org datang turun motor belum masuk rumah dah berbau bila mereka berhenti betul betul depan gate dan parked motor. padahal pokok tu tu takle bau harum sangat .. tapi may be le bau bunga melur tapi seingat sya pokok tu dan bunganya tak kuat sgt baunya melainkan kita ramas dan letak dekat hiung kita.

Hazia said...

I love Jasmines! Mandi bunga? Some people said if you don't really believe in it, it wont work. Psychological kot:)

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Sue, saya suka the scent of bunga chempaka, sundal malam...and francipani.

Pity dissini cannot grow them. But Buna melor can.

Wow, love your roses. They're beautiful.
Have a pleasant weekend Sue, best regards, Lee.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kak Sue,

It's me Aishah, eee...geramnya tengok roses kak sue! Roses untuk Aishah nak semai ke? Tak sabaq nak ambik dah sebab Aishah dah beli pasu bila p kelas di Ipoh. he..he...tak sabaq nak tanam di balkony rumah baru.

Anyway Aishah suka cempaka Maroon, pink, purple and yellow nampak class. Anyway satu lagi taboo orang kita ialah jangan tanam pokok buluh depan rumah sebab takut "benda" menumpang. Entahlah tapi sekarang ni memang trend tanam pokok buluh kecik2 macam kat Istana Kuning sebelah SNC.

Cuma nak share dengan kak sue, sekarang kat Aloq Staq musim pokok tecoma berbunga........especially sepanjang jalan Langgar. Macam kat Jepun sebab punga color pink dan putih penuh sepanjang jalan. Cantik sangat...nanti Aishah emailkan gambar

sue said...

Kak Nong,
my hubby tak suka bila i letak bunga chempaka dlm keta..dia tak tahan bau kuat sangat

pokok yg 50 tahun tu mesti besar ye..

sue said...

anon,
bau bunga melur memang kadangkala boleh menimbulkan suasana lain :-)

sue said...

Hazia,
orang kita kan banyak petua-petua lama..tapi it's back to our believes

p/s: i enjoy reading your holiday trip to turkey

sue said...

Hello Uncle Lee,
wow, you are flower lover too ya Uncle Lee..

I'm sure the flowers there are much more variety than here

have a nice weekend to u too

sue said...

Aishah..
hahah...u know what, la ni tengah kembang 3 kuntum lagi roses tu

u punya nanti depa semai, tgh busy preparing for my lil sister punya engagement :-)

bunga tecoma tu mcmana ye..? ambik gambaq tau

buluh tu ada yg petua tanam kat corner boundary rumah sebagai pendinding, ada pulak yg cakap boleh halau ular..entahlah..tapi i suka especially kalau buat open kitchen, tanam pokok tu cantik..

Erinah Atan said...

Good post. Nice blog.

This is also a good post on mandi bunga.

It tells you the mandi bunga history and explains the method.

sue said...

Hi Erinah
thanx for stopping by and for the link

babYpose said...

Aslmkum, mandi bunga mandian spa is ok right. very interesting post. love it.