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Legend of Senoa Island & Legenda Pulau Senoa : Cerita Rakyat Natuna


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Legend of Senoa Island

#Translated by Maulyadi Salasanto

Once upon a time, lived a poor husband and his wife. The husband was called Baitusen, and his wife was called Mai Lamah. One time, they decided to migrate to the Bunguran Island to change their fate. They chose the island of Bunguran because the area is known for having a lot of marine resources, especially clams and snails.

When the first lived in Bunguran, Baitusen worked as fishermen, in common with people living on the island. Everyday, he went to sea looking for a snail-lolak (shellfish whose skin can be made jewelry), kelekuk-limp (snail pearl), and various types of shellfish-seashell. While his wife, Mai Lamah, helped her husband open the shells to make jewelry.

Baitusen and his wife felt happy, because the citizens of the island showed a friendly attitude and full of brotherhood. Incidentally, their house was next door to Madame semah, a midwife from a poor village, but good-hearted.

“If one day you are sick, call me! I will come ” said Mak Semah to Mai Lamah.

“Thank you, Madame!” Said Mai Lamah gladly.

Similarly, all of people in Bunguran were always kind to Baitusen and his wife, so that in just a few months living in the area, they already feel locally.

“Husband! Since being on this ward, you never felt as an immigrant. All the people here think of us as your own, “said Mai Lamah to her husband.

“That’s good if we carry ourselves at home people,” concluded Baitusen.

Time was passing. Baitusen became more diligent to go to sea looking for clams and snails. He went to sea before the sun rises on the eastern horizon and a back home before the sun began to set. Search area even further and further down to the Eastern seaboard Bunguran Island.

One day, Baitusen find a deep sea cucumber, where there are thousands of sea cucumbers tail (a type of marine animals) in it. From the depths of sea cucumber found, he never again look for clams and snails. He hopes that by finding the sea cucumber, his life will be better, because the price of it at airports in Singapore and Kwan Tong market in China is very expensive. He also brought home to dried sea cucumber, sea cucumber and then sold to Singapore and China.

Finally, the results of such sales actually change the fate Baitusen and his wife. They have become richest fishermen. The boss of the country across the sea was coming to the Island Bunguran to buy sea cucumber catches Baitusen using a barge-junk (large ships). Every six months all kinds of junk barges belonging to the employer is anchored in the harbor Bunguran Timur.

Since then, Baitusen known as merchant sea cucumbers. Customers also come from various countries. No wonder if in the past two years alone, the east coast of the Island Airport Bunguran become very crowded. Baitusen wife was famous. she was caaled Mrs May Lam by her husband’s employer’s customers. Apparently, this made Mai Lamah prig and forgot with its origin. She forgot that she was a poor fisherman and seeker snails deprived of his life before.

Since becoming the wife of a wealthy merchant, the appearance of Mai Lamah daily change. Now, she always wears lipstick, powder, and perfume. Not only the appearance has changed, but the attitude and behavior changed too. He attempted to distance themselves from the association, because of disgust mingle with their neighbors who are poor, rancid, pedak-bleary (a type of preserved fish or salted fish, food typical of Natuna), and smelling kelekuk (snails) foul. In addition, he also became pelokek (very stingy) and arrogant.

One day, Madame Semah came to her house to ask them for rice. Instead of rice which she obtained to Mai Lamah, but scorn.

“Hi, poor woman! you do Not have a garden, no what?, still continues to borrow rice. With what are you going to pay your debts? ” Mai Lemah sid.

Hearing taht scorn, Mak semah silent down. While Mai Lamah’s husband who was also present at the place, trying to persuade his wife.

“My wife, She is not good-hearted neighbou ”

That was attitude and treatment of Mai Lamah to every poor citizen who came to her house to ask for help. With her attitude, the residents were away and reluctant to mingle with it.

One time, She was about to give birth, she wanted her neighbor’s help, while Midwives from across the island had not yet come. Baitusen have repeatedly as to Madame Semahk and other citizens, but no one is willing to help. They hurt because it is often mocked by his wife, Mai Lamah.

“Ah, what? Helping a stingy Mai Lamah! Let her know that feeling and conscious mind and live well spoken that much more valuable than property, “said Mak Saiyah, a fisherman’s wife, Mai Lamah neighbors.

Baitusen which no longer bear to see the state she was immediately invited to the island opposite to search for midwife.

“Let’s go to the island across the course, my wife!” Said Baitusen memapah while his wife got into a boat.

“Husband! Do not forget to bring the casket of gold and silver as well as us! Bring all climbed into the boat! “Said Mai Lamah stifling pain.

“Well, my wife!” Replied Baitusen.

After taking his wife climbed into the boat, Baitusen back to his house to pick up crates of gold and silver. After that, they headed for the opposite island . With some difficulty, a rich merchant’s boat paddling against the flow of ocean waves. The more to the center, the greater the sea waves. Splashes of sea water was more and more that went into their boat. Over time, the heavier the boat finally sank with its cargo and the entire chest of gold and silver to the seabed.

While Baitusen and his wife tried to save themselves. They swam to the shore of Bungurun Timur follow the flow of ocean waves. Mai Lama’s body arise drowned in the sea, because of objections by abortion and coupled with bracelets, rings, necklaces lokit (gold pendant), and gold earrings are wrapped around his body. Fortunately, she could still hold on to her waist straps made from the bark of arranging a fairly strong, so it can be safely reached the coast of Bunguran Timur with her husband. However, the unfortunate fate of a stingy rich istrisaudagar, the earth did not want to raceive them. At that time, the wind was blowing hard with heavy rain. Darting lightning followed by the sound of thunder boomed. Not long after, Mai Lamah’s body transformed into a large stone in a state of the two entities. Over time a large stone was turned into an island.

By local people, the island is called “Senua” which means one body two entities. While gold and silver are wrapped around the body of Mai Lamah transformed into a white swallow or more familiar with swiftlet.

Legenda Pulau Senoa
Alkisah, di sebuah daerah di Natuna, Kepulauan Riau, hiduplah sepasang suami-istri miskin. Sang suami bernama Baitusen, sedangkan istrinya bernama Mai Lamah. Suatu ketika, mereka memutuskan merantau ke Pulau Bunguran untuk mengadu nasib. Mereka memilih Pulau Bunguran karena daerah tersebut terkenal memiliki banyak kekayaan laut, terutama kerang dan siput.
Ketika pertama kali tinggal di Pulau Bunguran, Baitusen bekerja sebagai nelayan sebagaimana umumnya warga yang tinggal di pulau tersebut. Setiap hari, ia pergi ke laut mencari siput-lolak (kerang-kerangan yang kulitnya dapat dibuat perhiasan), kelekuk-kulai (siput mutiara), dan beragam jenis kerang-lokan. Sedangkan istrinya, Mai Lamah, membantu suaminya membuka kulit kerang untuk dibuat perhiasan.
Baitusen dan istrinya pun merasa senang dan betah tinggal di Pulau Bunguran, karena warga pulau tersebut menunjukkan sikap yang ramah dan penuh persaudaraan. Kebetulan rumah mereka bersebelahan dengan rumah Mak Semah, seorang bidan kampung yang miskin, tapi baik hati.
“Jika suatu ketika kalian sakit-mentak (sakit-sakitan), panggil saja Emak! Emak pasti akan datang,” pesan Mak Semah kepada Mai Lamah, tetangga barunya itu.
“Terim kasih, Mak!” ucap Mai Lamah dengan senang hati.
Begitu pula warga Bunguran lainnya, mereka senantiasa bersikap baik terhadap Baitusen dan istrinya, sehingga hanya dalam waktu beberapa bulan tinggal di daerah itu, mereka sudah merasa menjadi penduduk setempat.
“Bang! Sejak berada di kampung ini, Adik tidak pernah merasa sebagai pendatang. Semua penduduk di sini menganggap kita sebagai saudara sendiri,” kata Mai Lamah kepada suaminya.
“Begitulah kalau kita pandai membawa diri di kampung halaman orang,” pungkas Baitusen.
Waktu terus berjalan. Baitusen semakin rajin pergi ke laut mencari kerang dan siput. Ia berangkat ke laut sebelum matahari terbit di ufuk timur dan baru pulang saat matahari mulai terbenam. Daerah pencariannya pun semakin jauh hingga ke daerah pesisir Pulau Bunguran Timur.
Pada suatu hari, Baitusen menemukan sebuah lubuk teripang, di mana terdapat ribuan ekor teripang (sejenis binatang laut) di dalamnya. Sejak menemukan lubuk teripang, ia tidak pernah lagi mencari kerang dan siput. Ia berharap bahwa dengan mencari teripang hidupnya akan menjadi lebih baik, karena harga teripang kering di bandar Singapura dan di pasar Kwan Tong di Negeri Cina sangatlah mahal. Ia pun membawa pulang teripang-teripang untuk dikeringkan lalu dijual ke Negeri Singapura dan Cina.
Akhirnya, hasil penjualan tersebut benar-benar mengubah nasib Baitusen dan istrinya. Mereka telah menjadi nelayan kaya raya. Para tauke dari negeri seberang lautan pun berdatangan ke Pulau Bunguran untuk membeli teripang hasil tangkapan Baitusen dengan menggunakan tongkang-wangkang (kapal besar). Setiap enam bulan sekali segala jenis tongkang-wangkang milik para tauke tersebut berlabuh di pelabuhan Bunguran sebelah timur.
Sejak saat itu, Baitusen terkenal sebagai saudagar teripang. Langganannya pun datang dari berbagai negeri. Tak heran jika dalam kurun waktu dua tahun saja, pesisir timur Pulau Bunguran menjadi Bandar yang sangat ramai. Istri Baitusen pun terkenal dengan panggilan Nyonya May Lam oleh para tauke langganan suaminya itu. Rupanya, gelar tersebut membuat Mai Lamah lupa daratan dan lupa dengan asal-usulnya. Ia lupa kalau dirinya dulu hanyalah istri nelayan pencari siput yang miskin dan hidupnya serba kekurangan.
Sejak menjadi istri seorang saudagar kaya, penampilan sehari-hari Mai Lamah berubah. Kini, ia selalu memakai gincu, bedak, dan wangi-wangian. Bukan hanya penampilannya saja yang berubah, tetapi sikap dan perilakunya pun berubah. Ia berusaha menjauhkan diri dari pergaulan, karena jijik bergaul dengan para tetangganya yang miskin, berbau anyir, pedak-bilis (sejenis pekasam atau ikan asin, makanan khas orang Natuna), dan berbau kelekuk (siput) busuk. Selain itu, ia juga menjadi pelokek (sangat kikir) dan kedekut (pelit).
Pada suatu hari, Mak Semah datang ke rumahnya hendak meminjam beras kepadanya. Namun malang bagi Mak Semah, bukannya beras yang ia peroleh dari Mai Lamah, melainkan cibiran.
“Hai, perempuan miskin! Tak punya kebun sekangkang-kera (bidal untuk menentukan luas tanah ladang/perkebunan), masih saja pinjam terus. Dengan apa kamu akan membayar hutangmu?” Mai Lamah mencemooh Mak Semah.
Mendengar cemoohan itu, Mak Semah hanya terdiam menunduk. Sementara suami Mai Lamah yang juga hadir di tempat itu, berusaha untuk membujuk istrinya.
“Istriku, penuhilah permintaan Mak Semah! Bukankah dia tetangga kita yang baik hati. Dulu dia telah banyak membantu kita.”
“Ah, persetan dengan yang dulu-dulu itu! Dulu itu dulu, sekarang ya sekarang!” seru Mai Lamah dengan ketus.
Begitulah sikap dan perlakuan Mai Lamah kepada setiap warga miskin yang datang ke rumahnya untuk meminta bantuan. Dengan sikapnya itu, para warga pun menjauhinya dan enggan untuk bergaul dengannya.
Suatu ketika, tiba juga masanya Mai Lamah membutuhkan pertolongan tetanggannya. Ia hendak melahirkan, sedangkan Mak Bidan dari pulau seberang belum juga datang. Baitusen telah berkali-kali meminta bantuan Mak Semah dan warga lainnya, namun tak seorang pun yang bersedia menolong. Mereka sakit hati karena sering dicemooh oleh istrinya, Mai Lamah.
“Ah, buat apa menolong Mai Lamah yang kedekut itu! Biar dia tau rasa dan sadar bahwa budi baik dan hidup bertegur sapa itu jauh lebih berharga dari pada harta benda,” cetus Mak Saiyah, seorang istri nelayan, tetangga Mai Lamah.
Baitusen yang tidak tega lagi melihat keadaan istrinya itu segera mengajaknya ke pulau seberang untuk mencari bidan.
“Ayo, kita ke pulau seberang saja, Istriku!” ajak Baitusen sambil memapah istrinya naik ke perahu.
“Bang! Jangan lupa membawa serta peti emas dan perak kita! Bawa semua naik ke perahu!” seru Mai Lamah sambil menahan rasa sakit.
“Baiklah, Istriku!” jawab Baitusen.
Setelah mengantar istrinya naik ke atas perahu, Baitusen kembali ke rumahnya untuk mengambil peti emas dan perak tersebut. Setelah itu, mereka pun berangkat menuju ke pulau seberang. Dengan susah payah, saudagar kaya itu mengayuh perahunya melawan arus gelombang laut. Semakin ke tengah, gelombang laut semakin besar. Percikan air laut pun semakin banyak yang masuk ke dalam perahu mereka. Lama-kelamaan, perahu itu semakin berat muatannya dan akhirnya tenggelam bersama seluruh peti emas dan perak ke dasar laut.
Sementara Baitusen dan istrinya berusaha menyelamatkan diri. Mereka berenang menuju ke pantai Bungurun Timur mengikuti arus gelombang laut. Tubuh Mai Lamah timbul tenggelam di permukaan air laut, karena keberatan oleh kandungannya dan ditambah pula dengan gelang-cincin, kalung lokit (liontin emas), dan subang emas yang melilit di tubuhnya. Untungnya, ia masih bisa berpegang pada tali pinggang suaminya yang terbuat dari kulit kayu terap yang cukup kuat, sehingga bisa selamat sampai di pantai Bunguran Timur bersama suaminya. Namun, malang nasib istrisaudagar kaya yang kedekut itu, bumi Bunguran tidak mau lagimenerimanya. Saat itu, angin pun bertiup kencang disertai hujan deras. Petir menyambar-nyambar disusul suara guntur yang menggelegar. Tak berapa lama kemudian, tubuh Mai Lamah menjelma menjadi batu besar dalam keadaan berbadan dua. Lama-kelamaan batu besar itu berubah menjadi sebuah pulau.
Oleh masyarakat setempat, pulau tersebut dinamakan “Sanua” yang berarti satu tubuh berbadan dua. Sementara emas dan perak yang melilit tubuh Mai Lamah menjelma menjadi burung layang-layang putih atau lebih kenal dengan burung walet. Hingga kini,Pulau Bunguran terkenal sebagai pulau sarang burung layang-layang putih itu.

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