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The Tomb of Putroe Neng

English | Indonesia

Putroe Neng’s tomb, whose real name is Nian Nio Lian Khi, located on the edge of a large road between provinces, Lhokseumawe area. The tomb key interpreter (Qamariyah the granny, who replaced her husband who died in 2015) tells the story that in the past visitors took a picture in this tomb, often with the figure of an astral woman suspected of the incarnation of Putroe Neng. This photo story is quite popular, but when I search and ask questions, no one has saved the printed photo.

Photo: Ferial Afiff (accessed from Instagram @alebutoh)

The Lamuri Kingdom when led by Maharaja Indra Sakti, was attacked by the Chinese army (supposedly 1100-1200 AD) under a female commander Nian Nio Lian Khi. Lamuri assisted by Peureulak to self-defense. Peureulak won and Nian Nio Lian Khi and the rest of her army were captured. Peureulak’s entourage was led by Meurah Johan, then Islamized the Lamuri kingdom. Nian Nio Lian Khi converted to Islam and got the title of Putroe Neng, and became Meurah Johan’s second wife.

Summarized from the book 101 Princess of the Malays, published Position of Muzium & Antikuiti, Malaysia.
Photo: Ferial Afiff (accessed from Instagram @alebutoh)
Photo: Ferial Afiff (accessed from Instagram @alebutoh)

The story above is not popular; Putroe Neng is more popular as “99 male eaters”. Still in the background of the commander from China who lost the battle and could not go home because her ship was burned. In this version, it is said that she was married 100 times, but for 99 times her husband died after the first night, Putroe Neng’s vaginal poisoning. In the story, Meurah Johan is the first victim. The hundredth husband survived, named Syah Hudan or Sheikh Abdullah Kanan from Peureulak, he was an expert at neutralizing poisons.

Photo: Ferial Afiff (accessed from Instagram @alebutoh)
Photo: Ferial Afiff (accessed from Instagram @alebutoh)

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FERIAL AFFIF adalah seniman fleksibel yang telah aktif berkarya lebih dari 10 tahun. Saat ini ia berdomisili di Yogyakarta. Pola karyanya tak punya batasan maupun gaya tertentu, secara artistik dia kerap beralih-peran sebagai fasilitator/kurator/penulis/peneliti/produser/dsb. Dia senantiasa penasaran. berhubungan dengan orang lain serta kondisi kehidupan yang menyertainya, terutama tema lingkungan/gender/sejarah. Karyanya sempat hadir di berbagai kota di Indonesia dan negara lain seperti: Singapura,Myanmar, Jepang, Korea Selatan, India, Sri Lanka, Madagaskar, Switzerland, dan sebagainya, Ferial sejak 2012 menjadi anggota Lifepatch, sebuah inisiasi warga dalam seni-sains-teknologi. Sejak 2018 bersama Putri Wartawati, Ridwan Rau Rau, dan Yayasan Lingkar Semanggi (Tangerang) menginisiasi Expedition Camp sebuah forum temu dan berbagi per dua tahunan bagi para praktisi performans se-Asia.

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