Sipiso Somalim

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Folklore from North Sumatra

ONCE upon a time, there was a kingdom in North Sumatra. The people lived happily. The land was fertile and the place was safe. The king had a sister. Her name was Siboru Sandebona. She married to a king from a neighboring kingdom.

Siboru Sandebona was pregnant. It was the ninth month of her pregnancy but there was no signs that the baby would be born.

The king asked his advisor. He told the king that the baby would be a great man. When he grew up, he would have a great supernatural power. He could control animals easily!

Finally, the baby boy was born. Siboru Sandebona and her husband named him Sipiso Somalim. Everybody was happy. The baby was cute and very healthy.

Although Sipiso Somalim was a prince, he was not arrogant. He was polite and very kind to others. He was also helpful. He was willing to work in the rice fields. He had an ox that always accompanied him plowing the field. The ox was so tamed to Sipiso Somalim.

With his power, he could control the ox.

Then, Sipiso Somalim grew up. He was in love with a princess from another kingdom. Sipiso Somalim told his parents that he would propose the princess. They agreed and asked a soldier named Sipakpakhumal to accompany the prince.

Nobody knew that Sipakpakhumal was also in love with the princess. She was so beautiful and Sipakpakhumal also wanted to marry her. Sipakpakhumal had been thinking how he could marry the princess.

He finally got an idea when Sipiso Somalim told him that he wanted to take a bath in a lake. It was so hot and they decided to get some rest.

When Sipiso Somalim was swimming, Sipakpakhumal took all Sipiso Somalimls belongings, the clothes and the sword. Sipakpakhumal wore Sipiso Somalim's clothes and kept Sipiso Somalim's swords. When he finished swimming, Sipiso Somilim was surprised to see that Sipakpakhumal was wearing his clothes. He could not find his sword either.

"What's happening here?" asked Sipiso Somalim

"From now on I'm Sipiso Somalim and you are Sipakpakhumal. Do you understand?'

Sipiso Somalim knew that his guard was planning something bad. He just did not know what the plan was. So he just cooperated nicely and acted as a guard.

When they arrived, the fake Sipiso Somalim told the king that he wanted to marry his daughter. The princess was suspicious. She had heard that Sipiso Somalim was handsome and strong.

"Why is he so different from what I heard?" asked the princess softly to his father.

The father also felt that there was something wrong. So he told the fake Sipiso Somalim that they needed time to decide. He let the fake Sipiso Somalim and his 'guard' to stay in the palace.

During their stay in the palace, the fake Sipiso Somalim treated 'Sipakpakhumal' like a servant. He also told 'Sipakpakhumal' to plow the king's rice fields.

One day, the princess saw how 'Sipakpakhumal' was plowing the fields. He did not do anything, he was just sitting and playing flute while the ox was plowing the field.

The princess told the king about'sipakpakhumat'. The king finally realized the problem. He had heard that the real Sipiso Somalim had power to control animals. So he asked the fake Sipiso Somalim to plow the field with an ox, but he was not allowed to be near the ox. The fake Sipiso Somalim could not do it.

The king was angry. He threatened the fake Sipiso Somalim to tell him the truth, otherwise he would be sent to jail. The fake Sipiso Somalim was so scared. He told the king that he was not a prince, his 'guard' was the real Sipiso Somalim.

When the king knew the truth, he held a wedding party. Sipiso Somalim and the princess finally got married. They lived happily ever after. ***

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