Baroar >> Edisi Indonesia

Folklore from North Sumatra

HUTA Bargot was a kingdom in Mandailing, North Sumatra. The king was Sutan Pulungan. He had a wife and one baby boy. The king loved hunting. One day, the king and some soldiers went to the jungle to go hunting. The king also brought his dog.

The king and his soldiers were in the jungle. Suddenly, the dog was barking then ran very fast. The king ordered his soldiers to follow the dog.

"Hurry! Maybe the dog is chasing a deer!"

The soldiers immediately ran after the dog. Finally they were able to find the dog. Strangely, the dog was barking at one big stone. The soldiers carefully approached the big stone. They were surprised! They saw a baby boy was lying helplessly on the stone.

When the king arrived, he asked his soldiers.

"Where's the deer?" He still thought that the dog was chasing a deer.

"Your Majesty, the dog did not chase a deer. Look!" one soldier pointed at the baby"

The king slowly approached the baby. "Bring the baby now. He is not safe here."

One soldier carefully held the baby. When they arrived in the palace, the king ordered the soldier to give the baby to Saua. She was an old woman who lived alone.

Saua was so happy. She was lonely and she hoped that the baby boy would make her life happy. Unfortunately, Saua did not have enough bed for the baby. So she put him inside a dog cage. Because of that, people called the baby boy as Baroar, which means the dog cage.

Baroar grew as a handsome boy. Strangely, he exactly looked like the king's son. Baroar's looks and behavior were exactly the same as the prince's. People could not tell the differences between the two boys, therefore, they were always mistakenly treating him. They paid their respect to Baroar and ignored the prince.

This condition really upset the king. He really hated Baroar. He even had a bad plan. He wanted to kill Baroar during a ceremony in his palace. There would be lots of noise during the ceremony and he hoped no one would hear when the soldier killed Baroar.

"Remember, you have to mark Baroar's forehead with an X sign. It's to tell you that he is Baroar and not my son!" ordered the king to his loyal soldier.

The soldier understood. So he immediately went to Baroar's house. He.brought Baroar to the palace and later gave,him an X sign on his forehead. When they arrived, the prince saw Baroar with an X sign. He wanted to look like Baroar, therefore he also marked his forehead with an X sign.

When the ceremony began, the soldier saw the prince. He thought the prince was Baroar because there was an X sign on his forehead. He killed the prince! Later he buried the prince. After that he told'the king that he had killed 'Baroar'.

After the ceremony was over, the king was looking for his son. He could not flnd him. The king began restless. He had a bad feeling. He asked his soldier to go to Baroar's house. Well, the soldier found Baroar. He felt very scared. The soldier planned to kill Baroar.

Fortunately Baroar and his step mother were able to escape. The soldier followed them. Baroar and his step mother arrived at Batang Gadis River. Baroar saw one big log floating at the river. He swam and brought the log to the side of the river. He asked his step mother to sit on the log and slowly crossed the river. They arrived at the other side of the river safely.

When the soldier arrived, he could not cross the river. The water was too high. He did not have anything to cross the river.

Since then, Baroar and his mother lived in their new place. More and more people came and also lived there. When Baroar Was adult, he was chosen as their leader. Baroar became a wise king. His people really loved him. They lived happily and peacefully. ***

Batang Gadis

Kuna the Liar

Kuna si Pembohong >> Edisi Indonesia

Folktale from Maluku

THERE was a young man named Kuna. He was handsome and very clever. Sadly, he often lied and tricked people. His parents had often advised him to be a good man. Unfortunately, he never listened to them.

It was a hot day. Kuna was hungry. He saw an old woman selling bananas. He wanted to eat the bananas but he did not want to pay for them. So, what did he do? He tricked the old woman.

He said, "My sister is pregnant. She really wants to eat bananas and she asked me to buy some, sadly I don't have enough money."

Kuna was in tears when he was taking to the old woman and that made her feel so sorry.

"Here, take these bananas and give them to your sister. Don't worry you don't have to pay anything," said the old woman.

Kuna accepted the bananas happily. After he was quite far from the old woman, he immediately ate the bananas. He was also laughing.

"Ha ha ha.... She is so stupid," he said.

Later he met some of his friends. They were talking about the princess. She was so beautiful. They heard that the king had asked her to get married. The problem was the princess had not found the right man yet.

"It will be wonderful if I can marry her," said one man.

"Dream on... The king only wants a prince to marry his daughter," said another man.

Kuna heard their conversation. He had a plan.

On the following day, he bought expensive clothes. Later he wore them. When he met his friends, he asked them to hit him badly.

"Why?" they asked.

"Just hit me. Don't worry I won't hit you back," said Kuna,

Though they did not understand, they hit Kuna. After that he walked to the palace. The soldiers helped him.

"What happened?" they asked.

"I'm a prince. I was just robbed," Kuna lied.

The soldiers believed him then they brought him to the king.

He asked, "Who are you?"

"I"m a prince, Your Majesty. I was hunting when the robbers attacked me. My soldiers are dead. I can save my life after I killed them," said Kuna convincingly.

Yes, Kuna was so good at lying and that made the King believed to anything he said!

"Hmm.... Okay, I will let you stay here in my palace until your wound is healed," said the King.

"Thank you, Your Majesty-" said Kuna.

He was happy, part of his plan worked well.

Kuna made good use of his stay in the palace. He often talked to the King and tried to convince him that he was the right man for his daughter. Slowly, the king started to like him. Kuna was so good at talking that finally the king liked him.

The king asked his daughter to marry Kuna. The princess refused her father's request. Secretly, the princess asked one soldier to investigate who Kuna was. The soldier reported to the princess that Kuna was just a villager and he was also known as a liar.

The princess asked the soldier to bring Kuna's friends to the King. The friends then told the King about Kuna and how they hit Kuna.

The king was angry! He would punish Kuna by hanging to death! Kuna was crying, he said that he regretted his bad behavior and asked the king to give him a second chance. Kuna promised to behave well. The king was wise. He forgave Kuna but he would hang Kuna if he ever lied again. Since then, Kuna never lied and became a good man. ***

Festival Gura Ici, North Maluku


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