The Legend Of Surabaya
The Legend Of Surabaya
Indonesian Folklore Surabaya
A long time ago in East Java, there are two powerful animal, Sura and Baya. Sura was a shark and Baya is a crocodile. They live in the sea.
Actually, they are friends. But when they are hungry, they are very greedy. They do not want to share their food. They will fight for it and never stop fighting until one of them gave up.
It was a very hot day. Sura and Baya was looking for some food. Suddenly, Baya saw a goat.
“Yummy, I had lunch,” said Baya.
“No way! This is the lunch. You greedy! I did not eat for two days!” Said Sura.
Then Sura and Baya fight again. After several hours, they were very tired. Sura has no plans to stop their bad behavior.
“I’m tired of fighting, Baya,” said Sura.
“I am too. What should we do to stop the fighting? Do you have any idea?” Asked Baya.
“Yes, I do. Let’s share our territory. I live in the water, so I’m looking for food in the sea. And you lived in the land, right? So, you are looking for food are also on the ground. Border is the beach, so we will never meet again. Do you agree? “asked Sura.
“Hmm … let me think about it. Okay, I agree. From today, I will never go to sea again. If I’m on the ground,” said Baya.
Then they both lived in a different place. But one day, Sura went to the ground and find some food in the river. He was very hungry and there was not much food in the sea. Baya was furious when he knew that Sura breaking a 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.
Then Sura and Baya fight again. They both hit each other. Sura Baya’s tail biting. Baya do the same thing for Sura. He was biting so hard that Sura finally gave up. He returned to the sea. Baya was very pleased. He owns the place again.
Asal Usul Surabaya English version
Places where they fought a mess. Blood everywhere. People then always talk about the fight between Sura and Baya. They then named the place fight like Surabaya, that of Sura Baya sharks and crocodiles. People also put their war as a symbol of the city of Surabaya. ***
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