The Legend of Pigeon

Legenda Merpati >> Edisi Indonesia

Folklore from Riau

ONCE upon a time, there was a farmer who lived with his wife and their only son. His son's name was Bujang. He was a naughty boy. He was also spoiled. He never wanted to help his parents. He loved to play spinning-top with his friends. He could play for hours and ignored his parents.

The parents have advised him many times. They never got bored to tell him to do good things. They always told him to behave well. Unfortunately Bujang never listened to them. He was such a disobedient kid.

It was a bright day. Farmers were happy. They would harvest the rice. All farmers worked hard and so did Bujang's parents.

The parents wanted to go to the rice field. They asked Bujang just to stay at home.

'We are very busy today and maybe we will go home before dark. Please stay at home and don't go anywhere," asked his father.

Bujang was happy when he knew that his parents would be outside of the house all day long. He planned to play spinning-top with his friends while his parents were at the rice field.

"All right, Father. I will stay at home," said Bujang.

He knew the sooner he said yes to stay at home, the faster his parents would leave the house.
His parents left the house and went to the rice field. Not long after that, Bujang left the house and played with his friends.

It was almost dark, his parents arrived at home. They were surprised to see the house was in a mess. Bujang was not at horne. His father was angry! He went to Bujang's room.

He grabbed the spinning-top and boiled it. When Bujang arrived, he went to the kitchen He was hungry and wanted to have some dinner. However when he opened the pot, he did not find any food. Instead he saw his spinning-top! Bujang was sad. He cried and sang a song about a bird. In his song, Bujang said that he would rather become a bird. He could be free. He could do anything he wanted.

Amazingly, while he was singing the song, some feathers grew in his body. His mouth slowly changed into a beak. Yes, Bujang became a bird! He became a pigeon!

"Oh no... What's happening to me?" asked Bujang to himself.

When he saw the mirror, he was completely shocked!

"I am a bird!" said Bujang.

He flew and left the house. In the morning, Bujang's parents woke up. They heard a bird singing.

"The voice is familiar," said Bujang's mother.

"It's a bird that sings," replied the father.

"I know that... but why is the voice so familiar?" said the mother.

"Yes, you are right!" said the father. They then went outside of the house

The bird kept on singing. The mother finally recognized the voice.

"It is Bujang's voice! Yes, I'm sure it is Bujang's voice!"

The pigeon responded.

"Mother, it's me Bujang. I'm so sorry for all the bad things that I have done. I ask for your forgiveness,

Mother and Father. God punished me and now I become a bird. I cannot live with you anymbre. Goodbye, Father and Mother."

The parents were sad. They have just lost their only son. However it already happened. Their son had changed into a pigeon. ***

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My Mother is a Cat

Ibu Saya Seekor Kucing >> Edisi Indonesia

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Folklore from Jambi

THERE were two sisters. They were very beautiful. Lots of young men fell in love with them and wanted to marry them. However, after they saw the sisters' mother, young men always cancelled their plan to marry the girls. Why? It was because the girls' mother was a cat!

A cat? Yes, the girls' mother indeed was a cat! Nobody know why the cat could have humans as her children.

The girls slowly felt very sad. They wanted to have husbands. They thought they would never get married.

The younger sister said, "Let's find another mother."

The older sister agreed. Then they started their journey to find a new mother.

It was a hot day. The sun was shining brightly.

The older sister said. "Look at the sun. She looks so wonderful. Let's ask her to be our mother."

The sisters called the sun. The sun looked at the two beautiful girls.

"Dear Sun, you look so wonderful. Do you want to be our mother?" said the older sister.

The sun was smiling.

"I'm honored with your request. But I'm not as wonderful as you think. Do you see the cloud over there? If she blocks me, I'm nothing. I cannot shine brightly. why don't you ask the cloud to be Your mother," said the sun.

The sisters talked to the cloud.

"Dear Cloud, you look so beautiful. You are also very powerful. You can block the sun from shining. Do you want to be our mother?" asked the younger sister.

The cloud answered.

"Though I can cover the sun, but l'm hopeless when the wind is blowing
me toward the mountain. Do you see the mountain over there? I if hit her, I will be broken into pieces. Why don't you ask the mountain to be your mother?" said the cloud.

The girls came to the mountain. They said, "Dear Mountain, you are very strong. We're so amazed with your big body. Do you want to be our mother?"

The mountain answered.

"It's true that my body is very big. But there are lots of holes in my body. Do you know why? It's because of the mouse! When she is making holes in my body, I'm hopeless.... I'm afraid my body will be broken into pieces. Why don't you ask the mouse to be your mother," said the mountain.

The two sisters were looking for the mouse. When they found her, the two sisters immediately asked her to be their mother.

"Dear Mouse, though you are small you have great power. You can make holes in the mountain's body. Do you want to be our mother?" asked the older sister.

The mouse looked at the two sisters and said, 'You are right. My body is small and I can make holes in the mountain's body. But there is one thing you have to know. I'm afraid of the cat," said the mouse.

"Why?" asked the younger sister.

"Well.... Cat always chases me and tries to eat me. Cat moves very fast and she can also climb easily. Trust me, the cat is much more better than I am. Why don't you ask the cat to be your mother?" asked the mouse.

The two sisters were silent: They just realized that their mother was already perfect for them. They felt so embarrassed with their bad behavior.

The two sisters immediately went home and then apologized to their mother.

"That's all right my children. I understand how you feel about me. I already forgive you," said the cat.

Since then the sisters and their mother lived happily. The beautiful sisters also did not care for the man who cancelled their plans to marry them. The sisters were waiting for the right men who would accept their mother as a cat. ***

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