The Turtle and the Eagle

Folklore from Central Java

A tong time ago, all animals lived happily and peacefully. They were able to talk to one and another. They also helped each other.

Among the animals, the turtle and the eagle were best-friends. They were very close. The eagle often visited the turtle's nest. When the eagle came to his nest, the turtle always gave the eagle lots of food.

The eagle loved his friend's food. Consequently, he often visited the turtle's nest. Fortunately, the turtle did not mind at all. He loved to share his food.

Actually, the turtle also wanted to visit the eagle's nest.

"I think I'm not polite.. You often come to my nest but I never come to yours. When do you think I can visit yours?" asked the turtle.

The eagle responded, "My nest is on the top of the tree. It's so high... You cannot climb it."

Well, the turtle understood. Since then he never asked his friend about visiting his nest and that made the eagle very happy. Why? Well, the turtle did not know that the eagle was not a good friend. He came to the turtle's nest just to enjoy the food. Every time he finished eating the food, the eagle always said something bad about the turtle.

"Ha ha ha.. the turtle is so stupid. He always gives me delicious food! I hope he will never know that  come to his nest only for his food! Ha ha ha..." laughed the eagle.

The frog heard what the eagle said. He felt sorry to the turtle. He came to the turtle's nest and told him what he heard.

"Are you serious?" asked the turtle.

"Yes, I am! I heard him very clearly. He really said that he comes to your nest only for your food," said the frog.

The frog continued, "If you really want to know what he said about you, do my plan."

"What is your plan?" asked the turtle.

"Ask the eagle to bring basket. Tell him that you will give him lots of food. In the mean time, you are hiding inside the basket. Let him bring the basket to his nest," explained the frog.

Later the turtle asked the eagle to bring a basket. The eagle was so happy and he also thought how stupid the turtle was.

The eagle came to the turtle's nest. The turtle told the eagle that he needed time to prepare the food. He also said that the food would be ready on the following day.

On the following day, the eagle came to the turtle's nest. He did not see the turtle. However, he found his basket was full of food. He was so happy.With his claws, he brought the food.

The eagle did not know that the turtle was hiding inside the basket. The eagle was laughing and talking how stupid the turtle was.

The turtle was so sad about what he heard. He heard that his best-friend was making fun of him and saying he was very stupid.

The eagle arrived at his nest. When he enjoyed the food, suddenly the turtle showed up. The eagle was shocked!

"Now I know what kind of friend You are. From now on, I don't want to be your friend anymore!" said the turtle.

The turtle was so angry and since then every time he met the eagle, the turtle was always hiding inside his shell.





Did you know?

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The Javan hawk-eagle (Nisaetus bartelsi) (earlier placed in Spizaetus) is a medium-sized, approximately 60 cm long, dark brown raptor in the family Accipitridae.

An Indonesian endemic, the Javan hawk-eagle occurs in humid tropical forests of Java. Its range in East Java includes Sempu Island, Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, Meru Betiri National Park and Alas Purwo National Park. It can also be seen in captivity in zoos like Kebun Binatang Bandung.

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The Legend of Komodo Dragon

Folklore from East Nusa Tenggara

NAJO had a daughter named Epa who was awaiting the birth of her first child. By the tradition at Kampung Najo, the birth of a child should not be through the normal birth process, but must go through the process of 'surgical operation' by using a knife made of bamboo. The tradition was carried out by local people to avoid the risk of maternal death.

Later, Epa stomach cut open by a midwife. She gave birth to twins. Strangely, one baby was a male, while the other was a baby lizard.

Epa and her husband, Wake, named their baby boy as Gerong while the baby lizard named Ora. Ora in the local language means lizard.

The different form of the twin brothers was grown with love and care of their parents. However, in  the growth process, Ora slowly show aggressive and violent nature.

Begin with the habit of eating rice 'rampi' which made from Gebang fruit trees, Ora character and appetite was slowly changing. He became malignant and often prey on people's pets.

All villagers expelled Ora due to the increasingly its dangerous attitude. He went and settled in the forest.

Though exiled from home, Ora still came to the village to meet its twin brother, Gerong. Until now, the relationship between the Komodo dragon with locals still intimate and emotionally felt very close.

The feeling is so strong and almost impossible perceived by outsiders or people who visit the village of Komodo. However, for the people of Komodo, the ancient animals are treated like siblings. They are not hostile to each other, instead, they respect each other.

Komodo may come in and roam freely in the village and could stay under the stage of the houses without being disturbed by the bustle of local residents. Locals also never feel disturbed or concerned the existence of ancient animal in their midst.

The local people considered the Komodo dragons as their ancestors and they honor them every year with a special ritual called 'aru gele' by pounding the gebang fruit.

The traditional ceremony 'aru gele' was a symbol for recalling Ora and Gerong’s parents who once had to feed their children with gebang fruits.

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Did you know?

The Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), also known as the Komodo monitor, is a large species of lizard found in the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang, and Padar.

The Komodo dragon is also known as the Komodo monitor or the Komodo Island monitor in scientific literature, although this is not very common. To the natives of Komodo Island, it is referred to as ora, buaya darat (land crocodile), or biawak raksasa (giant monitor).

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Legenda Komodo

LABUAN BAJO, FBC-Nama besar Taman Nasional Komodo (TNK) khususnya Pulau Komodo tak bisa lepas dari keberadaan Kampung Komodo. Kampung tua nan bersejarah inilah habitat asli hewan purba Komodo atau Varanus Komodoensis berada.

Penduduk setempat meyakini Kampung Komodo merupakan cikal bakal atau asal muasal buaya darat yang namanya kesohor ke seantero jagat raya. Dibalik keyakinan itu, ada kisah legenda yang belum diketahui oleh sebagian besar orang.

Haji Amir, sesepuh pulau Komodo menceritakan, konon dahulu kala, Kampung Komodo bernama Kampung Najo. Nama Kampung Najo diambil dari nama seorang saudagar yang bernama Najo.


Binatang Purba Komodo
Dikisahkan, Najo memiliki salah satu anak perempuan bernama Epa yang kala itu sedang menanti kelahiran anak perdananya. Sesuai tradisi Kampung Najo, persalinan seorang anak tidak boleh melalui proses persalinan yang normal melainkan harus melalui proses ‘operasi bedah’ yakni dengan menggunakan pisau dari kulit bambu. Tradisi itu dilakukan oleh masyarakat setempat untuk menghindari resiko kematian bersalin.

Saat persalinan pun tiba. Perut Epa dibelah oleh seorang dukun beranak. Dari dalam rahim keluar dua sosok bayi. Bayi yang satu berjenis kelamin laki-laki sedangkan yang satu lagi bayi kadal.

Epa dan suaminya bernama Wake selanjutnya memberi nama bayi laki-laki mereka itu dengan nama Gerong sedangkan si  bayi yang menyerupai kadal itu diberi nama Ora. Ora dalam bahasa setempat berarti biawak atau kadal.

Pasangan bersaudara kembar berbeda wujud itu pun bertumbuh dan hidup penuh kasih sayang dalam asuhan kedua orang tua mereka.  Namun, seiring dengan proses pertumbuhan, Ora perlahan-lahan menunjukan sifat yang agresif dan ganas.

Dari kebiasaan makan nasi ‘rampi’ yakni nasi yang terbuat dari buah pohon Gebang, Ora perlahan-lahan berubah tabiat dan selera makannya. Ia semakin bersikap ganas dan sering memangsa hewan peliharaan warga untuk dimakan.

Karena sikap Ora yang semakin berbahaya, semua warga kampung mengusir Ora dari kampung halaman mereka. Ora yang beranjak dewasa dan pertumbuhan fisiknya yang semakin panjang  ukurannya, ia pun pergi dan menetap di dalam hutan.

Meski terusir dari kampung halaman, namun Ora masih tetap datang ke kampung itu untuk melepas ‘kangen’ dengan saudara kembaran, Gerong. Hingga kini hubungan antara buaya darat Komodo dengan penduduk setempat terasa tetap akrab dan secara emosional terasa sangat dekat dengan penduduk setempat.

Perasaan yang demikian akrab seperti ini hampir tidak mungkin dirasakan oleh orang luar atau orang yang berkunjung ke kampung Komodo. Namun, bagi penduduk Komodo, binatang purba itu diperlakukan seperti saudara kandung. Mereka tidak saling bermusuhan tetapi sebaliknya mereka saling menghargai dan menghormati satu sama lain.

Komodo boleh datang dan berkeliaran secara bebas di dalam kampung, boleh tinggal di bawah kolong-kolong rumah panggung tanpa merasa terusik oleh hiruk pikuk warga setempat. Warga setempat juga tak pernah merasa terusik atau khwatir akan keberadaan binatang purba itu di tengah-tengah mereka.

Penduduk suku asli Komodo menganggap komodo sebagai leluhur atau nenek moyang mereka. Untuk menghormati nenek moyang mereka itu, maka setiap tahun mereka mengadakan ritual khusus yang disebut ‘aru gele’ yakni  sebuah ritus adat menumbuk buah pohon gebang.

Upacara adat ‘aru gele’ sekaligus sebagai simbol untuk mengenang kembali orang tua Ora dan Gerong yang dulu telah memberi makan anak-anak mereka  dengan buah gebang. (Kornelius Rahalaka)

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