The Mouse Deer and the Turtle

Kancil dan Kura-kura | Edisi Indonesia

Folklore from West Kalimantan

A mouse deer and a turtle were best friends. One day, they went to a river. They wanted to go fishing. One the way to the river, they met a deer.

"Hey friends, where are you going?"

"We're going to go fishing," said the mouse deer.

"May I join you?"

"Sure, no problem."

The three of them continued walking. They later met a hog. The hog also wanted to join them. The mouse deer, the turtle, and the deer agreed. Then the four of them continued walking.

While they were walking, they met a buffalo. The buffalo also wanted to join them. Later, a rhinoceros and an elephant also joined them. They were happy, they could go together. While they continued their trip to the river, a bear stopped them. He was curious why they were walking together.

"Hey guys, where are you going?"

"We're going fishing," said the mouse deer.

"Hmm... It's interesting. May I join you guys? I'm hungry now."

"Sure, no problem. The more the merrier," said the mouse deer.

They were led by the mouse deer. They were walking happily.

Finally, they arrived at the river. They all jumped to the river and caught the fish. After they caught the fish they threw the fish to the river side. The buffalo was still standing at the river side. The mouse deer asked him to guard the fish they caught.

The buffalo did his job carefully. He was collecting all the fish his friends threw to the river side. Suddenly a tiger came.

The tiger was hungry. And when he saw a lot of fish in front him, his mouth was watering. The tiger tried to steal the fish. The buffalo was angry. He attacked the tiger. They were fighting.

Unfortunately, the buffalo lost the fight. He fainted. The tiger, then ate all the fish. The mouse deer finally knew what happened. He asked his friends to keep on catching the fish and throwing them to the riverside. He knew the buffalo could not guard the fish anymore. He then asked the deer to guard the fish.

Sadly, the tiger came. The deer and the tiger were fighting. The deer also could not win the fight. The tiger again ate the fish that the mouse deer and his friends threw to the river side.

The mouse deer saw the deer fainted. So he next asked the hog. Again, the hog could not win the fight against the tiger.

Then mouse deer asked the elephant to guard the fish. The same thing happened. The elephant also lost the fight. Next, the rhinoceros and the bear had to guard the fish. Unfortunately they also lost the fight.

There were only the mouse deer and the turtle. The mouse deer did not want to ask his best friend to fight against the tiger. So he guarded the fish by himself.

Later the mouse deer collected some rattans. He made big rings from the rattans. He wore the big rings in his legs.

And then he looked up to the sky. Later the tiger came. He wanted to steal the fish again. However, he was curious why the mouse deer was looking above in the sky.

"What are you doing?"

"If you wear the big rings, you can see what happens in the sky," said the mouse deer.

The tiger was curious, so he wore the rings.

"Hey, I still cannot see anything,” said the tiger.

"That's because you don't wear enough rings. Your body is big, so you have to wear many rings. Here, let me help you," said the mouse deer.

The mouse deer put all the rings to the tiger's legs. All the legs were full of rings. The tiger could not move his legs at all.

He was just lying hopelessly. The mouse deer was happy, the tiger could not disturb them anymore. ***

Painted Terrapin

Raas Cat Myth

The Raas Cat

Folklore from East Java

The Raas cat is endemic of domestic cat breed originating from Raas Island, Indonesia.

Raas is believed locals can bring good luck and abundance of fortune. They also believe that raas has a sixth sense and can only be maintained by certain people, such as kyai, officials, and community leaders. They believe that Shaykh Kholil' is the raas breed. Based on the story of the locals, he once kept two blue and brown kittens, and when he died, the cats that he kept were also disappeared. Thus, many Raas cats are found at the Madrasas in the Madura region.

Read the Story: A Farmer and His Three Cats

If Raas was taken out of the island on a boat by an unmarried man, people believe it may able to make the boat sink. People also believe that if the cat has taken out of the island, then the person who brought it will has misfortune.

The Raas breed has physical characteristics similar to leopards and bobcats. The body size is larger than the average house cat. Its tail has a medium length and bent at the end. The Raas has dark green, oval-shaped eyes which are not overly wide. Its face is squarish, with a slightly tapered chin. The ears are triangular.

References: wikikompasiana


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