The Legend of Centipede Lake



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Folklore from East Kalimantan

A long time ago, in a kingdom near the sea, lived a beautiful princess named Putri Aji Berdarah Putih. ‘Darah Putih’ means White Blood. Her beauty made a foreign king came to propose her.

The Princess tested the king by asked him for a dinner together. The Princess was shocked when she saw the king ate directly using his mouth without use his hands.







Because of the King behavior, the Princess felt so disgusted and mad. After the dinner, the King boldly proposed her.

The Princess refused his proposal.

“Sir, what a shamed if I married with a man who eat directly with his mouth like a dog!”

The King felt very insulted by the Princess’ refusal.  He went back to his ship in anger.

The King didn’t go back to his kingdom, instead he planned with his soldiers to destroy the Kingdom of Putri Aji Berdarah Putih for revenge.

The war between the king with his troops and Putri Aji berdarah Putih began. It turned out that the Princess' Kingdom wasn’t strong enough to defeat the King’s soldiers.

The Princess knew that her Kingdom was in danger.

Immediately she chewed the betel and said, “My betel residual will become big centipedes to beat them!”

And then, the betel was ejected from her mouth. Instantly, the residual of the betel turned into giant centipedes. They attacked the king’s soldier one by one.

Soon, the King;s army was easily defeated. Meanwhile Putri Aji Berdarah Putih disappeared magically.

The King;s ship finally sank into the sea. The location where ship sank became shallow and transformed into a vast land. Now it is known as The Centipede Lake. (*)

Reference: Local Children’s book, Bintang Pustaka.




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Sultan Domas


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Folklore from Lampung 

Long ago in Lampung, lived a young man named Domas. Domas was a good man. One day something terrible happened. Someone burned his hut! But he remained patient.

One night, he had a strange dream. Someone told him to do something.

"Go to the south and settle near the large river. Clean the field and plant the fruits and vegetables."







Domas left the village. After traveling for months, he finally arrived at the forest beside a large river. After that, he also clear the field.

One day, Domas found a sword and a snake-like wooden stick which were very powerful. He also used his power to help people.

Since then, people called him as Sultan Domas. Many people came to his residence looking for home building materials and for fish.

However, some of them wanted to do evil. They wanted Sultan Domas' sword and magical stick.

One day, Sultan Domas was looking for fish. Five young men came to his hut and stole all of the goods of Sultan Domas, included his sword and stick.

They tried to burn the hut but they couldn't. Then, they went out the hut. Surprisingly, they found a large snake in front of the door!

Terrified, they ran into the back of the hut. But suddenly they has been stopped by a crocodile. The hut surrounded by mighty animals.

When Sultan Domas returned, he invited them to spend the night in his hut. After the five young men came home, the word about Sultan Domas' kindness had spread.

Soon, Sultan Domas' hut became a village and he was appointed as a leader. People called the River as Way Sekampung.

reference: Seri Cerita Rakyat Nusantara



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