Kuna the Liar

Folktale from Maluku

THERE was a young man named Kuna. He was handsome and very clever. Sadly, he often lied and tricked people. His parents had often advised him to be a good man. Unfortunately, he never listened to them.

It was a hot day. Kuna was hungry. He saw an old woman selling bananas. He wanted to eat the bananas but he did not want to pay for them. So, what did he do? He tricked the old woman.

He said, "My sister is pregnant. She really wants to eat bananas and she asked me to buy some, sadly I don't have enough money."

Kuna was in tears when he was taking to the old woman and that made her feel so sorry.

"Here, take these bananas and give them to your sister. Don't worry you don't have to pay anything," said the old woman.

Kuna accepted the bananas happily. After he was quite far from the old woman, he immediately ate the bananas. He was also laughing.

"Ha ha ha.... She is so stupid," he said.

Later he met some of his friends. They were talking about the princess. She was so beautjful. They heard that the king had asked her to get married. The problem was the princess had not found the right man yet.

"It will be wonderful if I can marry her," said one man.

"Dream on... The king only wants a prince to marry his daughter," said another man.

Kuna heard their conversation. He had a plan.

On the following day, he bought expensive clothes. Later he wore them. When he met his friends, he asked them to hit him badly.

"Why?" they asked.

"Just hit me. Don't worry I won't hit you back," said Kuna,

Though they did not understand, they hit Kuna. After that he walked to the palace. The soldiers helped him.

"What happened?" they asked.

"I'm a princel was just robbed," Kuna lied.

The soldiers believed him then they brought him to the king.

He asked, "Who are you."

"I"m a prince, Your Majesty. I was hunting when the robbers attacked me. My soldiers are dead. I can save my life after I killed them," said Kuna convincingly.

Yes, Kuna was so good at lying and that made the King believed to anything he said!

"Hmm.... Okay, I will let you stay here in my palace until your wound is healed," said the King.

"Thank you, Your Majesty-" said Kuna. He was happy, part of his plan worked well.

Kuna made good use of his stay in the palace. He often talked to the King and tried to convince him that he was the right man forhis daughter. Slowly, the king started to like him. Kuna was so good at talking that finally the king liked him.

The king asked his daughter to marry Kuna. The princess refused her father's request. Secretly, the princess asked one soldier to investigate who Kuna was. The soldier reported to the princess that Kuna was just a villager and he was also known as a liar.

The princess asked the soldier to bring Kuna's friends to the King. The friends then told the King about Kuna and how they hit Kuna.

The king was angry! He would punish Kuna by hanging to death! Kuna was crying, he said that he regretted his bad behavior and asked the king to give him a second chance. Kuna promised to behave well. The king was wise. He forgave Kuna but he would hang Kuna if he ever lied again. Since then, Kuna never lied and became a good man. ***

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