The Story of Si Losung Lake and Si Pinggan Lake

Folklore from North Sumatra

THERE were two brothers, DatuDalu and Sangmaima. They were orphans. Their parents had died. The father was the master of healing. He had taught his skills in healing to his sons. The kids had learned very well and used the skills to help people.

Before their father died, he had inherited a spear to his sons. However, the tradition said that the oldest son could keep the spear. Therefore, DatuDalu was the one who kept the spear. Sangmaim could use it if DatuDalu allowed him.

Sangmaima loved hunting. He went to his brother's house to ask his permission to use the spear. His brother allowed him.

When he was in the jungle, Sangmaima saw a wild hog. He walked carefully and aimed the hog. He threw it very fast! The spear hit the hog! Sangmaima thought the hog died. He was wrong. The hog ran very fast. Unfotunately, the spear was still attached to its body.

Sangmaima was very panicky. He worried about the spear. The wild hog was bleeding, so he followed the blood trail and it led to a cave. He carefully went in side the cave. He saw an old woman and a girl. The girl was screaming in pain.

The girl saw Sangmaima coming.

She said, "Mother... That's the man who threw the spear at me."

Sangmaima was complete shocked.

He said, "No, I was throwing my spear at a wild hog not at you!"

The old woman said, "The wild hog was my daughter We are genies of the, jungle. We can change ourselves into anything. I'm sure you are looking for this spear. I will give it back to you but you have to heal my daughter said the old woman.

Sangmaima acceptedthe old woman's offer.Hehealed girl and after she was cured the old woman gave him the spear. Sangmaima immediately went back home.

DatuDalu was happy when his brother returned the spear safely. He had worried something bad had happened. To express his happiness, he held a great party. He invited lot of people, however he did not invite Sangmaima and that made him upset. Sangmaima was also holding a party to balance his brother's party. There was a special performance. A girl was decorating her body like a bird. She danced beautifully.

People were amazed. More and more people came. The guests at DatuDalu's party heard that there was a great dance at Sangmaima's party. One by one, they went to Sangmaima's party,

DatuDalu saw the girl with bird's costume. He was impressed with her. He talked to Sangmaima.

"May I ask her to dance in my party tomorrow?"

Sangmaina said yes. On the following day, Sangmaima secretly went to DatuDalu's house. He asked the girl to leave DatuDalu's house. Later he asked his hrother.

"Where is the girl?"

DatuDalu said, "She is still decorating herself."

"Where? I don't see her in this house," said Sangmaima.

DatuDalu did not believe what his brother said so he called for the girt. Well, it was useless. Sangmaima had asked her to leave.

Sangmaima was pretending to be angry. "Where is the girl? If you don't know where she is, you have to give me the spear!"

DatuDalu rejected his brother's idea. They were arguing and sadly they were fighting. DatuDalu threw a mortar for pounding rice toward Sangmaima. he missed it.

The mortar landed in a field and strangely it became a lake. People then named the lake as Si Losung Lake. Losung is from the word lesung or mortar.

Sangmaima also threw a plate toward DatuDalu. He missed itl The plate landed in a field and it became a lake. People then named it as Si Pinggan Lake. Pinggan means a plate. ***

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