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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2014

Legend of Mount Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak

There are actually several beliefs of this legend. Every household might tell a different story. However, the legend’s main characters are still Puteri Santubong (Princess Santubong) and Puteri Sejinjang (Princess Sejinjang).

The most popular version of this legend is that Santubong and Sejinjang are princesses from Kayangan (Heaven). These two princesses had wonderful talents. Santubong was famous for her weaving skills, thus  the cloth that she made were very beautiful, while Sejinjang was known for her talent in pounding rice, and the rice that she pounds became the most delicious rice.

When two villages, namely Pasir Kuning (Yellow Sand) and Pasir Putih (White Sand), were having a fight, the King had sent both princesses to bring peace. Santubong was sent to Pasir Kuning while Sejinjang was sent to Pasir Putih. Because of the princesses’ talents, they were so busy making money that they have no time to fight with the other village. In the end, both villages were peaceful.

However, this did not last long. The two beautiful princesses had many suitor and admirers, but nobody can charm them, until one day, they met Putera Serapi (Prince Serapi). They fell in love with the prince, and the prince was also in love with both of them. He asked both of them to be his wives but both of them refused to share him. They started quarrelling with each other to be the prince’s only wife.

The quarrel turns into a frightful fight as they became violent. Sejinjang hit Santubong’s cheek with her pounder, and even though she was hit, Santubong hit Sejinjang back using her belidak, a tool to weave cloths. The force and sharpness of the belidak broke Sejinjang’s head into a million pieces.

The King was angry with the princesses for fighting over a mere mortal, thus he cursed them into Mount Santubong and Mount Sejinjang. The broken pieces of Sejinjang’s head scattered into the sea and become small islands which are now Pulau Kerak (Monkey Island), Pulau Satang (Satang Island), Pulau Talang-Talang (Talang-Talang Island), Pulau Lakir (Lakir Island) and many others.

Another version of the legend is that Puteri Santubong and Puteri Sejinjang were not immortals as people had believed. They were actually daughters of Sultan Brunei that had run away with their seven brothers after their father had been murdered. In their escape to go across South China Sea, their brothers had abandoned them. The two princesses seek refuge at a mountain which is now known as Mount Santubong. Because of a fight between both sisters, Sejinjang had to find another shelter which is another mountain nearby, now known as Mount Sejinjang. The locals that passed by both mountains to find basic necessities saw the two beautiful girls. Since they never saw them before, they had assumed that both princesses were sent down from heaven.

Nowadays, people who passed by the mountain can see the side profile of a woman. Mount Santubong is one of the national parks in Sarawak, and one of the famous tourists’ destinations nowadays. There are Sarawak Cultural Village, Damai Beach Resort and Damai Central at the foot of Mount Santubong. Also, Pulau Talang-Talang is famous for Irrawaddy dolphins sighting, thus making it another famous tour in Kuching.

For those who are interested to go to Kuching and see for yourself this awesome mountain that had inspired this kind of legend, you can visit this website: 3D2N Cuti Kuching Damai. You get to enjoy the cool breeze in the morning at Damai Beach which is located at the foot of Mount Santubong.

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