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The Pirate Crocodile

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Folklore from Lampung

A long time ago, not many people dared to sail in Tulang Bawang River. A big crocodile lived there.

People believed the crocodile would eat anyone who sailing in the river.

Not far from the river, there was a village. Aminah and her parents lived there. She was a beautiful girl. One day her parents asked her to go to another village. It was across the river. Aminah was a kind daughter. She always obeyed her parents.

“Please be very careful, dear. If you see the crocodile near you, row your sampan as fast as you can,” said the mother.

“I will be careful, Mother. I will come back to you later. I promise you,” said Aminah.

Aminah then took her sampan. She rowed it slowly. She did not want to make any noise. She did not want the crocodile to hear her.

But she was wrong! The big crocodile was looking at her. The crocodile was swimming silently. Then... it attacked the sampan. It turned upside down. Aminah was so scared.

“Help! Somebody please help me!” screamed Aminah.

Aminah was drowned. She was unconscious. When she was awake, she was inside a big cave. She stood up and looked around. She saw something shining in the dark. When she approached it, she found a lot of jewelries. She was very surprised. Suddenly she heard a voice.

“You can take those jewelries. But you have to stay with me.”

The voice was from the crocodile. It was the same crocodile that attacked her in the river. She tried to run but she was cornered. The crocodile was right in front of her.

“Don’t be afraid. I’m not a real crocodile. I was a human. I was a pirate and always stole people’s jewelries. A witch cursed me into a crocodile. And now I keep all the jewelries here inside the cave.”

“How do you go to the river?” asked Aminah.

“There is a tunnel that connects the cave to the riverside,” explained the crocodile.

He did not realize that he already broke his secret.

Aminah then pretended to agree stay inside the cave. When the crocodile was sleeping, she took the jewelries and went to the tunnel.

Finally she arrived at the riverside. She met some villagers and they helped her. Aminah’s parents were very happy, their daughter back home. They sold all the jewelries and gave the money to other villagers. Everybody was happy, they were not poor anymore. ***

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Putri Bungsu and the Dragons

Folklore from Aceh

ONCE upon a time, there were two dragons lived in Aceh. The dragons were male and female, they were husband and wife. The dragons really wanted to have a child. They always prayed to God to give them a child.

One day the dragons were resting at the river side. Suddenly they saw a baby beside a basket. The basket was drifting by the current of the water.

"My husband, look! There is a human baby inside the basket. Let's save the baby!" said the mother dragon.

The father dragon immediately swam fast. He brought the baby to the side.

She was a baby girl. The dragons were very happy. They had a child. Although the baby was a human child, the dragons really loved her. They named her Putri Bungsu.

Days passed by, Putri Bungsu was adult. She was very beautiful. The dragons always took care of her. They also always protected her.

In mean time, putri Bungsu real parents were looking for her. There was an incident and accidentally Putri Bungsu was drifting in the river.

After years looking for her, Putri Bungsu's real parents finally found her.

"My child, thank God we finally found you. You are our daughter. We know it from the mark in your hand," said the mother.

The dragons were angry! they said Putri Bunsu was their daugter.

"No! She is our daughter! We have raised her since she was a baby. We loved her and she loved us," said the mother dragon.

Putri Bungsu's real parents and the dragons were arguing. They each claimed to be Putri's Bungsu's parents and they asked Putri bungsu to stay with them.

They were arguing and they did not get any solutions. Putri Bungsu's real parents asked for help. They asked Tuan Tapa to help them. Tuan Tapa was a holy man. He also had supernatural power.

Tuan Tapa then asked the dragons to let Putri Bungsu leave and stay with her real parents. The dragons were angry. They asked Tuan Tapa not to interfere.

Tuan Tapa realized that the dragons could not negotiate. Therefore Tuan Tapa challenged them to fight.

"If you win, you can keep her. However you have to let her go and stay with her real parents if you both lose the fight," said Tuan Tapa.

"Ha ha ha...No problem! We will win the fight!"

Then Tuan Tapa and the dragons were fighting bravely. Although he was alone and had to fight with two dragons, Tuan Tapa was very brave. he used all his skills to fight them.

And finally he won the fight! The father dragon was dead. The mother dragon was very sad and angry. She knew she could not win the fight. She escaped.

The mother dragon was very angry. She wagged her tail. It broke an island into two small islands. people named the islands as Pulau Dua.

The tail also wagged another big island into many small islands. People named the island as Pulau Banyak. While the body of the father dragon changed into a big stone. People named it as Batu Hitam. And the blood dried into a big red stone, people named it as Batu Merah.***

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