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Folklore from South Sumatra

THE capital city of South Sumatra is Palembang. There is a story how the city got its name. Do you want to know the story? Read on!

Once upon a time in heaven a goddess looked so restless. Her name was Putri Ayu Sundari.

"What's the matter, My Daughter? You don't look so happy?" asked her father.

"Mmrn... nothing, Father," said Putri Ayu Sundari.

"Come on, I know you. There must be something that is bothering you."

"Father, I have heard from my friends that there is a beautiful river on earth. I'd like to visit it. May have your permission?" asked Putri Ayu Sundari.

"I know you love water, My Daughter. You can have my permission to go there. But you have to be accompanied by some ladies-in-waiting. And please be careful," asked the father.

"l will, Father. I will," said Putri Ayu Sundari happily.

Later Putri Ayu Sundari and some ladies-in-waiting flew to earth. It was not difficult for them to find the river. And when they arrived, Putri Ayu Sundari and her ladies-in-waiting built a house for them. They were really happy to stay there.

The name of the river was Musi River. The river was so beautiful. There were many trees growing along the sides of the river. Putri Ayu Sundari often had fun in the river.

When Putri Ayu Sundari arrived and stayed near Musi River, there were no humans staying there. However Putri Ayu Sundari often saw ships cruising in the river. And when the people in the ships saw a house near the river, most of them stopped for a while.

The people also loved the place. And some of them decided to stay and build houses. More and more people came. And finally it became a small village.

Putri Ayu Sundari lived happily with the humans. They did not know that she was a goddess.

One day, a big ship came. Actually the ship was on their journey and did not plan to stop at Musi River. However someone was sick and they needed some medication immediately.

"Who is the leader of this place?" asked someone from the ship.

"We don't have a leader. But there is a lady who is the first person to live here. And we really respect her," explained the villager.

"Bring me to her."

The villager showed Putri Ayu Sundari's house to them.

"Our prince is terribly ill. And we need your permission to stay here and treat him until he gets well," explained a man.

He was a soldier.

"That's alright. You can stay here," said Putri Ayu Sundari.

She really felt sorry for the prince. She did not only let him stay in her house but also healed him. She knew some leaves that could be used for medication.

Slowly the prince got well. He was really thankful to Putri Ayu Sundari. He was really amazed with her knowledge in healing people. Although the prince was totally cured, he did not show any signs that he would leave the place and went home. Why? Well, the prince fell in love with Putri Ayu Sundari.

Fortunately, she also felt same feeling. Putri Ayu Sundari also fell in love with the prince. Later he proposed her to get married. The prince and his soldiers later lived there. And the prince also named the place as Lembang. The name was from the old Malay language which means the low land. And when people wanted to go there, they always said Pa Lembang. Pa means the area or location. And now the place is known as Palembang. ***

South Sumatra River

Palembang City

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