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. ***


Ngalau si Bincik

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Folklore from West Sumatra

ONCE upon a time, there was a gambler in Payakumbuh West Sumatra. His name was Bincik. He really liked gambling. Whenever people asked him to do gambling, he was always ready. Sometimes he won a lot of money, but sometimes he lost. And when he lost all his money, Bincik did a terrible thing. With  his friends, he robbed people's houses. However he did not rob the houses in his village. Instead he went to other villages and robbed the houses.

Bincik was a short man. But he was very strong. He was never caught in his criminal action. Everybody knew that Bincik was a gambler and a robber. And people from other villages also knew about that. However they did not have the courage to fight against Bincik. So people from other villages started not to have contact with the people in Bincik's villages.

The people in Bincik's villages started to suffer. They could not do business as usual. Slowly they became poor. To solve the problem, all the villagers talk to Bincik's parents. They asked the parents to advise Bincik not to rob people's houses. Bincik really loved his parents. He obeyed his parents' advice. Bincik then told his friends not to rob people's houses.

However, they rejected his idea. Especially Brewok, who really enjoyed robbing people's houses, he told other robbers to kill Bincik. Brewok had been jealous with Bincik. He wanted to replace Bincik as the head of the robbers.

Other robbers agreed. They attacked Bincik and threw him to a canyon. The robbers thought he was dead. Well, they were wrong. Bincik was unconscious but he was still alive.

Later Bincik opened his eyes. He felt he could not move his body. Suddenly, he saw a shadow. Bincit asked for help, "Help! Please help me! I will do anything if you help me."

The shadow replied "Really? Hmm… Ok, I will help you. And I will give great strengths. But I want you to use your strength to help me. My daughter is trapped in a cave. The mouth of the cave is covered by big stones. I want you to open the cave and free my daughter."

Bincik agreed. And suddenly he felt he was very strong. He was able to stand up and walk. He ran to the cave and in just a minute he was in front of the cave. With his power; he lifted all the big stones covering the mouth of the cave. Slowly it was opened.

Bincik found a very beautiful girl in the cave. She was a human. Bincik was very grateful to find her. He fell in love and later he married her. Bincik and his wife lived in the cave.

Bincik and his wife lived happily. But soon he missed his parents. He wanted to visit his parents in the village. After asking his wife's permission, Bincik left to his village. Sadly, he could not find his parents. His village was in a terrible condition.

After Bincik left, Brewok and his friends continued to rob. They also started robbing the houses in their own village! And they all were very cruel. They would hurt anyone who was trying to stop them. Bincik heard that his parents were dead. Brewok and his friends killed them. Bincik was angry!

Bincik used his great power to fight against Brewok and his friends. One by one, all Brewok’s friends were killed. And finally, Bincik was fighting head to head against Brewok. Bincik was too powerful. In a very short time, Brewok lost the fight.

After all the robbers were dead, the village was peaceful. Sadly, their peaceful life was soon ended. Dutch people came and they wanted to occupy their place. Bincik led the villagers to join the war. Bincik's power was very useful in war. The Dutch lost many of their soldiers. The Dutch finally knew about Bincik. They planned to kill him.

It was a massive attack. So many Dutch soldiers looked for Bincik. First they all went to Bincik’s village. They could not find him there. Then they went to the jungle, again they could not find him there. Later they heard about Bincik’s wife who lived in the cave. They hoped they could find Bincik there. Still, Bincik was missing.

Until now people did not know if Bincik was still alive or already dead. And if he was dead, people did not know Where he was buried. To commemorate Bincik's great fight against the Dutch, they named his cave as Ngalau si Bincik, ngalau means cave. And the cave is in the outskirt of Payakumbuh.***

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