Malin Kundang

Folklore from West Sumatra

ONCE upon a time, in a remote village on the coast of West Sumatra, there was a family of fishermen. Due to poor financial condition of the family, the father decided to make a living in the country by wading across a vast ocean. Malin's father never returned to his home so that his mother had to replace the position of Malin's father to make a living.

Malin was a smart kid, but a little naughty. He often chased the chickens and hit them with a broom. One day, when Malin was chasing chickens,  he tripped over a stone and hurt his right hand. The wound became a scar and can not be erased.

Felt sorry for his mother who worked hard to earn a living to raise themselves. Malin decided to go wander in order to become rich after returning home later.

Initially Malin Kundang's mother disagreed, considering her husband never returned after going to wander, but Malin insisted her then she agreed to release Malin to go wander aboard on a merchant ship. During his time on the ship, Malin Kundang  learn much about seamanship from the crew who were experienced.

On the way, suddenly the ship was attacked by pirates. All merchandise traders who were on the ship seized by pirates. Even most of the crew and people on the ship were killed by the pirates. Malin Kundang lucky, he was hiding in a small space which enclosed by woods so he was not killed by the pirates.

Malin Kundang drifted on the sea, until finally the ship stranded on a beach. With the remained power, Malin Kundang walked to the nearest village from the beach. The land was very fertile. With tenacity and perseverance in work, Malin gradually managed to become a wealthy man. He had a lot of merchant ships with men of more than 100 people. After becoming rich, Malin Kundang married a girl to be his wife.

The news of Malin Kundang who become wealthy, and have been married heard by his mother. She felt grateful and very happy that his son had succeeded. Since then, Malin's mother went to the dock every day, waited for her son, who may return home one day.

After a long marriage, Malin and his wife set sail with the crew as well as a lot of crews. Malin's mother saw the arrival of the ship. She recognizes two people who were standing on the deck of the ship. She believed they were Malin Kundang and his wife.

Malin's mother was headed toward the ship. Once close enough, Malin's mother saw the scar on his hand, the more convinced his mother that the man she approached was Malin Kundang. "Malin Kundang, my son, why did you go so long without any message?", she said, hugged Malin Kundang. But he saw the old woman dressed shabby and dirty hugged him, Malin Kundang became angry, even though he knew that the old woman was his mother. This was because he was embarrassed when it was known by his wife and his crews

Gets treated like that by her son, Malin Kundang's mother was furious. She had not expected him to become disobedient. Not long after that Malin Kundang  went sailing again and on the way came a violent storm destroyed the ship Malin Kundang. Amid the chaos, at the same time at another place Malin Kundang's mother was praying with anger and shouted, "Lord, if true, he is Malin, my son, I curse him to a rock!"

Malin Kundang rock
Then that Malin Kundang body slowly became rigid and finally shaped into a rock. Until now Malin
Kundang stone can still be seen at a beach called Pantai Air Manis, in the southern city of Padang, West Sumatra.



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