Historic grave

History buffs will enjoy a short visit to Pengkalan Kempas, near a small village called about 30kms south of Port Dickson.

The relaxed riverside village is home to what is termed a "historical complex" but in reality is a covered area that houses some ancient relics dating back to the mid to late1400's.

There are three intricately carved obelisks or stone megaliths, nicknamed rudder, spoon and sword, that are well worth the drive and it is also believed to be one of the oldest Muslim gravesites in the country, entombing Sheikh Ahmad Majnun, a theologian who propogated Islam during the Melaka Sultanante.

Sheikh Ahmad Majnun was believed to be an apostle but was killed in a battle nearby against the sultan in 1476.

Locals believe the stones are alive and grow taller year by year. One of the stones has a hole carved through it that is said to have been a lie detector. Suspects had to insert their arm into the hole which would tighten if they lied upon questioning.

It is a similar legend to that of the European carved marble man-like face called the Mouth of Truth located in the portico of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome, Italy. The sculpture is said to also be a lie detector.

During the Middle Ages, it was believed that if one told a lie with one's hand in the mouth of the sculpture,the hand would be bitten off.

Entry to the tomb-site complex is free and and the area appears to be open at any time for visitors.

After visiting the tomb, it is worthwhile going into the very small town as there are some old but mostly boarded up shopfronts that give an idea bout the age and subsequent slow down of this once thriving area.

There is a small jetty next to the Linggi River where you can fish or try your luck to catch some prawns, but beware as there has been evidence that there are crocodiles in the area, so keep a good distance.


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