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In Malaysia: a religious ceremony traditionally performed by fishermen; a propitiatory offering to the sea gods.
1950s; earliest use found in Journal Malayan Branch Royal Asiatic Society. From Malay puja pantai from puja worship, incantation (from Sanskrit pūjā) + pantai beach, seashore, of unknown origin.
Puja Pantai/ˌpuːdʒə ˈpantʌɪ//ˌpuːdʒə panˈtʌɪ/
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