Legend of West Sumatra
At one time, there lived a family of fishermen on the coast of Sumatra. The family consists of father, mother and a boy named Malin Kundang. Due to poor financial condition of the family, the father decided to make a living in the country side to navigate the vast sea.
Dwelt the Malin and her mother in their hut. A week, two weeks, a month, two months even 1 year old, Malin’s father did not come back to his hometown. So the mother must replace Malin’s father to make a living. Malin clever child but a bit mischievous. He often chasing chickens and hit him with a broom. One day when Malin was chasing a chicken, he tripped over a stone and injured his right arm exposed rocks. It being wound marks on his hands and can not be lost.
After growing up, Malin Kundang feel sorry for his mother, who worked hard for a living to raise themselves. He thinks for a living in the country side in the hope of later when he returned to his hometown, he was already a wealthy man. Malin attracted by the invitation of a merchant ship captain who was once poor now had become a wealthy man.
Malin kundang expressed his intention to his mother. His mother was originally not agree with the intent of Malin Kundang, but because it continues to urge Malin, Malin Kundang mother finally agreed though with a heavy heart. After preparing the supplies and adequate provision, Malin immediately headed to the dock to be escorted by his mother. “My son, if you’ve been successful and become affluent people, do not you forget your mother and your village, son,” said Mrs. Malin Kundang in tears.
Ships were boarded Malin increasingly away with a wave accompanied by Ms. Malin Kundang. During his stay on board, Malin Kundang lot to learn about seamanship on the crew who are already experienced. Along the way, suddenly climbed Malin Kundang ship attacked by pirates. All merchandise traders who were on the ship was seized by pirates. In fact, most of the crew and people on the ship were killed by the pirates. Malin Kundang very lucky he was not killed by the pirates, because when it happened, Malin immediately hid in a small space that is enclosed by a wood.
Malin Kundang adrift amid the sea, until finally board the ship stranded on a beach. With the rest of the existing power, Malin Kundang walked to the nearest village from the coast. Arriving in the village, Malin Kundang helped by people in the village after previously telling what happened to him. Malin marooned villages where the village is very fertile. With tenacity and perseverance in work, Malin gradually managed to become a wealthy man. It has a lot of merchant ships with a crew of more than 100 people. Having become rich, Malin Kundang marry a girl to be his wife.
News Malin Kundang who have become wealthy, and have been married to the mother also Malin Kundang. Mother Malin Kundang feel grateful and very happy his son had succeeded. Since then, the mother of Malin Kundang every day to go to the pier, waiting for his son may return to his hometown.
After a long marriage, Malin and his wife set sail with a large and beautiful ship with crew and bodyguards that much. Malin Kundang mother who every day care for children, see a very beautiful ship, the entrance to the harbor. He saw two people standing on the deck of the ship. He believes that it is his standing and his wife Malin Kundang.
Malin Kundang came down from the ship. He was greeted by his mother. Once close enough, his mother saw the scar on his arm, the more assured his mother that he was approached Malin Kundang. “Malin Kundang, my son, why did you go so long without sending any news?” She said, hugging Malin Kundang. But what happens then? Malin Kundang immediately release her mother’s arms and pushed it fell.
“Women do not know themselves, carelessly claimed as my mother,” said Malin Kundang to his mother. Malin Kundang pretended not to recognize her, because of shame with her old mother and dressed in rags. “She’s your mother?” The wife asked Malin Kundang. “No, he was just a beggar who ostensibly claiming to be my mother to get my treasure,” Malin said to his wife. Hearing the statement and mistreated by her mother Malin Kundang very angry. He is not expected her to be a rebellious child. Because anger is mounting, the mother of Malin tipped his hand saying “Oh Lord, if it is true he is my son, I swear he became a rock”. Not long after strong winds and severe storms rumbled come destroy the ship Malin Kundang. After that Malin Kundang body slowly becomes stiff and gradually eventually shaped into a rock. But too late for him because of the curse already occurred to him until he becomes a rock, as well as the entire ship and its crew.
Until now the stone is still there, the rock was shaped bow down and ask forgiveness exactly with folklore above. The stone is legendary western Sumatra and the attractions on the beach sweet water, hopefully from this story makes us as an obedient child to parents. Batu Malin Kundang geographically located in the area of Sweet Water Beach, Village AIE Mani, Southern District of Padang, Padang, West Sumatra Province. To go to this legend tourist sites you can take it by using four-wheel drive or two wheel well. Due to the narrow path, then you are required to be careful, even though the course is paved, but the width is only 4 meters. It is advisable that your vehicle’s speed enough 40 Km / h, especially when the weather is rainy. With only take approximately 20-30 minutes drive from the center of Padang, you can continue to enjoy this place.
If you want to linger to enjoy the Sweet Water Beach, you do not have to worry about finding a place to spend the night in the tourist area around the beach, because it provided lodging at affordable prices, because most of the inn is managed by the local community. For business meals, available food stalls are located along the Sweet Water Beach. In addition, some facilities such as parking lots, souvenir shops, public toilets, rental surfboards and places of worship are also readily available.
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