The Legend of Lake Toba

Folklore from North Sumatra

LONG ago, lived a poor young orphan in a fertile valley. Everyday he supported himself by farming and fishing at the river not far from his home. The harvest of farmed and fished used as the side food of his meals. So far, it's easy for him to get the fish from the river.

One afternoon, returning from the fields, he went fishing in the river. After a long time fishing, he did not go get the fish. Such incidents never happened. Eventually he reeled in his line and then decided to go home. But strangely when the rod is pulled, a fish suddenly snatched. His heart was glad it was not around when it saw a very pretty goldfish hanging at the end of the rope pole. The young man rushed home to cook the fish.

Arriving at the house, the man put a goldfish in a place and immediately prepare firewood for cooking. It turns firewood possessed the young man had been exhausted. He immediately came out to fetch firewood in his backyard. After taking a few pieces of firewood she returned to the kitchen to cook.

The young man surprised when he got in the kitchen, he found carp have been lost. But strangely near where the goldfish lay a few pieces of gold. Because of the confusion, the young man then went inside his room. The young man very surprised when he saw a beautiful woman in his room.

"Who are you, O beautiful lady? Where did you come from? Why are you in my house? "Asked the astonished farmer.

"I was your catch carp earlier, while the gold coins on the table is the embodiment of my scales." Replied the beautiful woman.

"Will you be my wife O beautiful lady?" Asked the young man shyly.

The woman looked down and was silent for a moment, then said, "Well, I'm willing to be your wife, but with one condition you should not bring up my origin, the fish incarnation."

"Well, I agreed your requirement." Said the farmer as he nodded his head.

Soon they too were married. Time passes so quickly for this happy couple. They had a son named Samosir. After the age of 6 years, he turned into a very naughty boy and difficult to be advised. His mother often told him to deliver rice to his father in the fields, but Samosir always rejected. His mother was forced to deliver his own rice for her husband at the field.

One day, as usual, Samosir told her mother to deliver rice to the fields. At first he did not want to, but because his mother kept insisting he finally went to the fields to deliver rice to his father. On the way to the field, Samosir was hungry and then eat the rice parcel for his father until empty. Samosir left only the bones of fish and then wrap it back. When he arrived in rice fields Samosir gave the parcel to his father. Because he's so hungry, Samosir's father directly to unwrap the rice. Knowing the contents of the package only contains the bones of fish, then the father scolding Samosir.

"Samosir!, what is this? Why in the parcel only contained fish bones? Have you eaten it? ", shout his father.

"Sorry dad, on the way my stomach feels hungry, so I ate your meal." Said Samosir with fear.

The father was furious then slapped his cheek, and said that his son was a child fish.

"You are outrageous, son of fish!"

Samosir cried because his father slapped and ran back into the house. Arriving home, Samosir asked her mother if he was completely son of a fish.

"Mom ... is it true what my father said that I was his son of fish?"

The mother was shocked to hear his question. She tearfully hugged Samosir and said that his father had broken his oath.

"Your father broke his oath to bring the origin of your mother. Now I must return to my origin."

At that moment the sky became dark, flashing lightning followed by heavy rain. Samosir and her mother disappeared without any trace, while the former place they stand spurted heavy water. Not long after that, the place flooded to form a lake. While the father could not save himself. He died, sinking into the lake.

People then call the lake as Lake Tuba. Meanwhile, a small island located in the middle of the lake is called the island of Samosir.

The word tuba means ungrateful or has no good in returned. Over time, the community gradually call it Lake Toba.


Did you know?

Lake Toba (Indonesian: Danau Toba) is a lake and supervolcano. It is the largest lake in Indonesia and the largest volcanic lake in the world.

Lake Toba is the site of a massive supervolcanic eruption estimated at VEI 8 that occurred 69,000 to 77,000 years ago,representing a climate-changing event.



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