Beliau Samat and the Crocodile King’s Son, a Malay folk tale re-imagined

This story is published here to point to their existence and add another version to the few already in circulation.  It is re-imagined and rewritten folklore, first shared during the launch of Bookish Charms: A Folk Tale Collection; a for-charity collaboration between Heartwrite Co. and Enya Bijoux.  For their creativity, twists and deficits, we ask your kind indulgence.

Beliau Samat, an old man when this tale took place, lived in Kampong Ayer (The Water Village), in an old house with his wife and son.  For his livelihood, Beliau Samat collected mangrove wood from riverbanks and swamps, and his wife helped to tie them up, ready to be sold. Occasionally he tended to various illnesses contracted by the villagers. For this role as healer, he is well-known and well-loved.

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How Labi-Labi Island came to be; a Malay folk tale re-imagined

This story is published here to point to their existence and add another version to the few already in circulation.  It is re-imagined and rewritten folklore, first shared during the launch of Bookish Charms: A Folk Tale Collection; a for-charity collaboration between Heartwrite Co. and Enya Bijoux.  For their creativity, twists and deficits, we ask your kind indulgence.

 

During a full moon night, a young Dusun boy, named Malau, asked his father what was hanging in the sky.

“That, my son, is the moon.” Malau’s father answered.

“I want it. Can you take it for me?” Malau requested.

The father replied, “I’m afraid that is too much, son.”

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Nakhoda Ragam and Princess Laila Mencanai; a Malay folk tale re-imagined

This story is published here to point to their existence and add another version to the few already in circulation.  It is re-imagined and rewritten folklore, first shared during the launch of Bookish Charms: A Folk Tale Collection; a for-charity collaboration between Heartwrite Co. and Enya Bijoux.  For their creativity, twists and deficits, we ask your kind indulgence.

 

It is said that the fifth Sultan of Brunei was also known as Nakhoda Ragam. He was a respected king, loved by all of his citizens.  The Sultan was passionate about many things, one of which was voyaging through the Malay world.  He was cheerful, calm, and frequently humming and whistling happily.

On the night the Sultan met his future queen, he was said to have been sailing towards Gunung Ledang, to propose to the heavenly being residing there, a princess of unmatched beauty, when life revealed its real plan.

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