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The Legend of the City

>> Oct 26, 2011

In my last visit to Surabaya city (East Java, Indonesia) about a week ago, I had a chance to capture the sculpture that symbolizes the city. If you want to know the legend of these animals, Sura the shark and Baya the crocodile, here’s the folklore:


Once upon a time in East Java, Indonesia, there were two strong animals, Sura and Baya. Sura was a shark and Baya was a crocodile. They lived in a sea. In fact, they were buddies. But when they were starving, they became very greedy. They didn’t want to divide their food. They prefered to fight for it and never stop fighting until one of them gave up.

One hot day, Sura and Baya were looking for some food. Suddenly, Baya saw a goat. “Yummy, this is my lunch,” said Baya. “No way! This is my lunch. You are greedy! I had not eaten for two days!” said Sura.

Sura and Baya fought again. After several hours, they were exhausted. Sura had a plan to stop their bad behavior.
“I’m tired of fighting, Baya,” said Sura.
“Me too. What should we do to stop fighting? Do you have any idea?” asked Baya.

“Yes, I do. Let’s share our territory. I live in the water, so I look for food in the sea. And you live on the land, right? So, you look for the food also on the land. The border is the beach, so we will never meet again. Do you agree?” asked Sura.“Hmm... let me think about it. OK, I agree. From today, I will never go to the sea again. My place is on the land,” said Baya.

Then they both lived in the separated places. But one day, Sura went to the land and looked for some food in the river. He was very hungry and there was not much food in the sea. Baya was very angry when he knew that Sura broke the promise.

“Hey, what are you doing here? This is my place. Your place is in the sea!”

“But, there is water in the river, right? So, this is also my place!” said Sura.

Sura and Baya fought again. They both hit each other. Sura bit Baya's tail. Baya did the same thing to Sura. He bit very hard until Sura finally gave up. He went back to the sea. Baya was very happy. He had his place again.

The place where they were fighting was a mess. Blood was everywhere. People then always talked about the fight between Sura and Baya. People named the place of the fight as Surabaya, it’s from Sura the shark and Baya the crocodile. People also put their fight as the symbol of Surabaya city.

Watery Wednesday

10 komentar:

Kim, USA October 26, 2011 at 10:54 AM  

Wow what a story. A whale and a croc, thanks for sharing this one Lina.

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BlogS of Hariyanto October 26, 2011 at 2:58 PM  

cerita legenda yang menghibur hati dan sarat makna budaya bangsa :)

Ebie October 27, 2011 at 3:01 AM  

I like the sculpture. It looks like the shark is caught between the tall sea grasses!

NatureFootstep October 27, 2011 at 4:25 AM  

somehow it is sad that the symbol of the city is a fight over food.

Judy October 27, 2011 at 7:48 PM  

Interesting story, and I love the elegant lines of the sculpture!!

Hootin Anni October 27, 2011 at 10:15 PM  

Incredibly educational post. And wow...a gorgeous sculpture.

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Asal asalan October 28, 2011 at 11:13 AM  

This city is my hometown, I longed for a very friendly city, Surabaya Surabaya oh I'll visit you someday

JonaBQ October 29, 2011 at 8:35 AM  
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