Putri Bussu and Putri Anam

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Folklore from West Kalimantan

ONCE upon a time, there was a family with two daughters. The first was Putri Bussu and the youngest was Putri Anam. Their parents were poor family. The father was a farmer and he only had a small rice field.

The farmer often asked his daughters to help him. Unfortunately, it was only Putri Bussu who was willing to help. Yes, she was helpful and obedient to her parents. However, Putri Anam was the opposite. She was lazy and only paid attention to her looks. She always wanted to look beautiful. In fact, she always thought that helping her father in the rice field would not make her look beautiful.

It was a hot day. Putri Bussu just helped her father in the rice field. She was resting on the porch in front of the house. It was so hot. She moved her hand-fan to have fresh air for her body.

Suddenly, wind blew very hard. Her hand-fan was blown away by the wind. Putri Bussu chased it and it was finally stuck on the top of a tree. The tree was on his neighbor's front yard. The neighbor's name was Mr Russa

Putri Bussu knocked the door. Mr Russa asked her what happened. She explained,

"My hand fan was blown by the wind and now it is stuck on the top of your tree. Would you please climb the tree and get my hand fan?" asked Putri Bussu politely.

"Sure, I can help you. But I'm so hungry now. Would you please cook chicken porridge in my kitchen?" asked Mr Russa.

"Don't worry Sir. I will cook delicious chicken porridge for you," said Putri Bussu happily.

Yes, she was good at cooking.

Later Mr Russa climbed the tree and grabbed the hand-fan. When he went inside his house, he saw Putri Bussu busily cooking. Not long after that, the chicken porridge was served.

The porridge was still hot and Mr Russa did not like eating hot porridge. While waiting for the porridge to be cold, he was chatting with Putri Bussu.

They talked and talked, and finally the porridge was cold. Mr Russa immediately ate it. He was so happy. The porridge was so delicious

"Putri Bussu, the porridge is so delicious. Now, I want to give you a gift. I have some pumpkin. You can take one."

"Thank you very much, Sir."

Putri Bussu then took one small pumpkin. She was not greedy. She thought that Mr Russa still needed the pumpkins. After that, she went home. At home, Putri Bussu opened the pumpkin. She was surprised! She found some gold and jewelries inside the pumpkin! Putri Anam was so jealous. She asked how Putri Bussu got the pumpkin. She explained to Putri Anam about her hand-fan, the porridge, and the pumpkin.

After she knew how to get the pumpkin, Putri Anam threw her hand-fan to Mr. Russa's tree

Then she asked him to get her hand-fan. Mr Russa agreed, but he also asked her to cook the chicken porridge.

When the porridge was done, Putri Anam gave it to Mr Russa. She said that it was cold already. She lied. She was impatient and wanted to get the pumpkin soon.

When Mr Russa tasted the porridge, he was angry. It was still hot. He even got angrier when she asked a pumpkin from him. He pointed a room that was full of pumpkins. Putri Anam went inside the room and took the biggest pumpkin. Without saying thank you, she ran home.

At home, she immediately opened the pumpkin. She was surprised! She did not see any gold and jewelries. Instead there were some snakes inside the pumpkin! The snakes bit her. Putri Anam was screaming in pain. Putri Bussu helped her. When she was cured, Putri Anam promised to behave well. She became a helpful, obedient, and kind girl. ***

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