Sunday, December 6, 2009

THE LEGEND of BIDAR COMPETITION (Folklore from South Sumatera)

Sunday, December 6, 2009 |
Sah Denar was a rich merchant. He had a beautiful daughter. Her name was Putri Dayang Merindu. Sah Denar had a best friend. His name was Tua Adil. He was also a rich merchant. Ta Adil had a son. His name was Dewa Jaya. Dewa Jaya was a handsome man. He fell in love with Putri Dayang Merindu.
He asked his father to propose her. His father was happy. Actually both Sah Denar and Tua Adil had the same wish. They hoped the friendship would be tighter by having their children got married.
Putri Dayang Merindu was very confused. She was in a dilemma. She was an obedient girl and she never wanted to make her parents disapointed in her. But she did not love Dewa Jaya. She asked Dewa Jaya to give her unlimited time for her to think. Dewa Jaya really loved her. He did not mind waiting for her answer.
Meanwhile, there was a humble young man. His name was a farmer. He was very handsome. One day Kemala Negara was walking on the side of Musi River. He saw a comb floating in the river. The comb was very beautiful. Kemala Negara knew that the owner must be very rich.
He wanted to return it to the the owner. So he asked people around. Finally, Kemala Negara met a girl. She knew the owner. The comb belonged to Putri Dayang Merindu was the daughter of Sah Denar. Kemala Negara was not comfortable meeting Putri Dayang Merindu. So, he asked the girl to return it to Putri Dayang Merindu.
Putri Dayang Merindu was very happy to have her comb back. She lost it while she was washing her hair. Putri Dayang Merindu asked the girl to introduce her to Kemala Negara.
Later they met. Putri Dayang Merindu was so amazed with Kemala Negara. She fell in love with him. Happily, Kemala Negara also loved her. Later they continued to meet. And they secretly kept their relationship.
Kemala Negara wanted to marry Putri Dayang Merindu. He talked to her parents about had and he proposed her. Of course the proposal was rejected. Sah Denar said that Putri Dayang Merindu was engaged with Dewa Jaya. Kemala Negara was angry. He asked Dewa Jaya to compete. They agreed to have a river craft competition.
People were gathered along the side of Musi River. They were curious who would win the competition and would marry Putri Dayang Merindu. And the competition started! They started to row strongly. They both were very strong. They used their maximum power to row. And they finally reached the finish line. Who was the winner? Well, they both reached the finish line exactly at the same time.
When people approached them, they were surprised. Both of them were lying on their river crafts. They were very tired. Thay have lost their power. They were so weak. And slowly they died.
Putri Dayang Merindu was extremely sad. She never thought that it would happen like this. She said that she just want to die. She asked her parents to divide her body into two parts. One part was buried with Kemala Negara's body and one part was buried with Dewa Jaya's body. She wanted to be fair to both of them.
People were touched. To commemorate the incident, people always had a river craft competition. Bidar is from biduk lancar or swift river crafts. And the place where Putri Dayang Merindu often washed her hair was named Kampung Keramasan or Washing Hair Village.


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