Sunday, June 29, 2014

Legend Story: The Hanging Stone (from North Sumatra)

Once upon a time, there lived a family in small village near Lake Toba, North Sumatra. The parents had only one daughter. She was really  beautiful and adult enough. The parents thought it was the time the for her to get married.
The parents planned to arrange her marriage. They already matched her with a young man that  they chose. They did not know that their daughter already had a boyfriend that she loved so much. After knew about the fact, her parents denied their relationship and still asked her to marry the man they chose.
Knowing that her parents didn’t allow her relationship made her really sad. Everyday she cried to relief her sadness. She did not love the man that her parents chosed for her. She only wanted to marry her boyfriend. But she didn’t know how to convience her parents about this.
Day by day passed and the time to get married getting closer. Everyday all that she can did just sat near the Lake Toba with her dog as her only friend. She was very hopeless. Thinking about the marriage the she didn’t want made her more frustated.
The idea to end her life came to her mind. She wanted to jump to the Lake Toba. She was walking slowly and approached the edge. She was very confused. Because she did not want to die or leave her boyfriend.
While she was thinking very hard, suddenly she slipped and fell to a big hole. The girl thought that it was time for her to die. So, she was surrounded by big stones. She felt the stone were getting closer to her. The stones were squeezing her. Then she said, "Prapat... Prapat..." that means moving closer. amazingly, the stones were slowly moving closer to her. She was being squeezed!
Meanwhile, the dog was barking. He was looking downward and keep on barking. It attracted people's attention. They came to the dog and also looked downward. They heard a girl's voice saying, "Prapat... Prapat."
The people recognized her voice and her dog. They tried to help her. Some of them went to the girl's house. They wanted to tell her parents. The parents immediately went to save their daughter. More and more people came. They all tried to save the girl.
Unfortunately it was too late. The stone were finally squeezing her. However, they were still able to hear voice saying, "Parapat... parapat." Her parents were sad. They regretted their plan to marry her. Since then people named the area as Parapat.
Time passed by and several years later earthquake attacked the area. Stone were falling down to the lake. and when the quake stopped, people saw a big stone which looked like hanging.
People said that the stone was the girl who was trapped inside the stones. Since the stone looked like hanging, so people named it as the hanging stone or Batu Gantung.


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