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With almost 900 restaurants and stalls around Seremban and Port Dickson alone, it is no wonder that Negeri Sembilan offers an exquisite array of food and delicacies.
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The baju melayu cekak musang, sampin and tengkolok give the aura of the "masculinity of a Malay warrior" to the man while the baju kurung teratai worn with the tudung dwi rebung, a headgear which has slightly upturned ends, reflects the identity of a Negeri Sembilan lady.
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"Tanah Kerjaan di Penajis, Tanah Mengandung di Seri Menanti"

This customary proverb refers to the early Negeri Sembilan royal institution inaugurated
by Raja Melewar, a Pagarruyung prince installed as the first Negeri Sembilan ruler at Seri Menanti in 1773. Before the installation, Negeri Sembilan was made up of
'autonomous states' led by Dato' Undang (Penghulu) assisted by Lembaga and Buapak. At
that time, all of the 'small states' were under Johor protection. With the weakening of
Johor Kingdom and ever since facing continuous threats from Bugis, Portuguese and
Acheh, leaders of all the luak seeked assistance from Pagarruyung. Subsequently,
Raja Melewar was installed as the first ruler of Negeri Sembilan bearing the title
Yamtuan. Afte his demise in 1795, the next two rulers, Raja Hitam
(1795 -1808) and Raja Lenggang (1808 - 1824), were also invited from
Pagarruyung. The first Negeri Sembilan born ruler installed was Raja
Radin (1824 - 1861).

The throne however became a trophy fought over between
Tengku Ahmad Tunggal and Yamtuan Antah after the
death of Yamtuan Imam. Tengku Ahmad Tunggal
claimed the throne as he was the son of the
deceased King, but the Chieftains who were
in favor of YamtuanAntah did not
agree this. During this period of
conflict, Tuanku Ampuan Intan,
the widow of Raja Radin
was made acting Yamtuan
Besar (1869-1872).
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Architecture
Kuala Pilah, Rembau and Linggi have played significant roles in the history of early Negeri Sembilan. Today, in these ditricts you will find many remains of their bygone days and feel the existence and influence of the "masyarakat adat" that was, once upon a time, the driving force of the society. This is apparent in the architecture of their traditional houses in the kampungs. The concept of these beautiful structures is based on the Gadang House, or the rumah adapt Minangkabau.
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Adat Perpatih
The name 'Adat Perpatih' is derived from Datuk Parapatieh Nan Sebatang, a nick name used by Sutan Balun. Adat Perpatih was introduced in Negeri Sembilan subsequent to the migration of the Minangkabau in the 14th century. It is the local variation of the motherland's. The custom is practiced by twelve clans (The biggest family unit) which are Biduanda, Batu Hampar, Paya Kumboh, Mungkal, Tiga Nenek, Sri Melenggang, Sri Lemak, Batu belah, Tanah Datar, Anak Melaka, Anak Acheh and Tiga Batu.
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Dance and Music
The evergreen Apo Nak Dikato, sang in the local Negeri Sembilan dialect captured the top spot as the most popular hit in the early eighties with its catchy contemporary blues rhythm. While the song managed to gain popularity with the unique sounds of the local dialect, Negeri Sembilan also boasts of traditional music like the Caklempong, Dikir Rebana, Tumbuk Kalang, and Bongai.
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Traditional Costumes
The baju melayu cekak musang, sampin and tengkolok give the aura of the "masculiniy of a Malay warrior" to the man while the baju kurung teratai worn with the tudung dwi rebung, a headgear which has slightly upturned ends, reflects the identity of a Negeri Sembilan lady. This beautiful attire is usually the choice of married couples for the bersanding (sitting on a dias at the wedding reception) ceremony and is also displayed in full color during traditional shows and performances.
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