Bujang Kelana and Intan Suri

Bujang Kelana dan Intan Suri | Edisi Indonesia

Folklore from Riau

A long time ago, there was an old rich man named Pendekar Katung. He had lots of money. He hired many people to work for him. Nobody liked him. Pendekar Katung was mean. He liked gambling and when he  lost his money, he would ask his men to hit his opponent.

Pendekar Katung enjoyed chicken-fight gambling. He had a special cock. It was great and always won the fight.

One day, Pendekar Katung challenged Datu Buta to fight their chickens. Datu Buta accepted the challenge.

Pendekar Katung asked his men to prepare his best cock. Datu Buta did the same. At first, the fight was balanced. Both cocks fought bravely. Slowly, Pendekar Katung's cock lost its power. The cock gave up. It ran away.

Pendekar Katung was angry. He said, "You must be cheating!"

"No, I'm not!" said Datu Buta.

"You are a liar! Guards! Attack him!" ordered Pendekar Katung.

Datu Buta was ready. He fought the men bravely. However the men outnumbered, There were too many men fighting against him. He was lost.

The situation was getting worse. Pendekar Katung abducted Datu Buta's daughter. Her name was Intan Suri.

Datu Buta was so angry but he was hopeless. There was nothing he could do.

"Don't worry. I will come to help you," screamed Datu Buta to Intan Suri.

Weeks after the incident a young man came to the village. His name was Bujang Kelana. He was a wanderer.

Bujang Kelana was resting under a big tree. It was near Pendekar Katung's house. He saw a beautiful girl looked very sad. He approached the girl.

"Why do you look so sad? How can I help you?"

The girl was lntan Suri. She told him that she was abducted by Pendekar Katung. Bujang Kelana felt really sorry.

"Don't worry, I'll rescue you!"

He came to the house and broke the door. The guards were surprised. They hit Bujang Kelana but he was able to avoid it. He used all his martial art skills to fight. He was so skillful. He beat all the guards. He immediately released Intan Suri and brought her home.

Intan Suri was so happy and so was Bujang Kelana. They fell in love at the first sight.

Datu Buta was extremely happy when he saw his daughter coming home. However, their happiness did not last long. Pendekar Katung came with so many people.

They all cornered Bujang Kelana and Datu Buta. It was not a balanced fight, but Bujang Kelana was able to fight them. Again, he won the fight.

Unfortunately, something terrible happened. Intan Suri was accidentally hit by Pendekar Katung's guard. She was injured badly. She could not make it. She died.

Bujang Kelana was very sad. He threw a chicken coop to the sea.

He said, "I will never come back to this place although the chicken coop I threw to the sea becomes an island!" then he left the place.

Amazingly, the chicken coop slowly became an island. Since then people named the island as Pulau Sangkar Ayam which means Chicken Coop Island. ***

Chicken Coop

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