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The Lazy Uder

Uder yang Pemalas >> Edisi Indonesia

Folklore from Central Kalimantan

He always woke up in the afternoon. Then he went fishing on the river until evening. Uder never helped his wife. That’s why she always worked alone in the field. She never gave up giving him advice. But, Uder never listened to his wife. In one afternoon, Uder went fishing. He took some worms as bait. On the way to the river, he met his neighbor.

“Hey Uder, where are you going?”

“I’m going fishing,” said Uder.

“What do you have for the bait?”

“Some worms,” answered Uder.

Then he continued walking. Then he met another neighbor. Again, the neighbor asked where Uder was going and what he had for the bait. Uder answered.

After that, he met another neighbor. He also asked the same question. Uder was tired of answering. He was upset. So he decided to ignore everyone.

While he was walking very fast, he met a group of monkeys. They could talk like humans.

“Hey Uder, are you going fishing?” asked one of the monkeys.

“Yes, I am.”

“What do you have for the bait?”

Uder was still upset with all those same questions. This time he could not take it anymore.

“I’m going to use your mother for the bait!” said Uder.

“Hey! Don’t make fun with my mother!” Those monkeys were angry.

They took Uder. Then they tied him in a big tree.

“Please forgive me. I did not mean to make fun with your mother. I was just upset with all those questions my neighbors had asked me.” explained Uder.

“Okay, we forgive you. We will free you, if you can tell us a place where we can eat fruits. We are hungry.”

“Go across the river. There you can see a very big rambutan tree. You can eat those rambutans until all of you are full.”

Then the monkeys freed him. Uder then ran as fast as he could. After he arrived home, he apologized to his wife and promised to be a good husband. ***

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