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ASAL USUL PULAU KEMARO

Pada zaman dahulu kala diwilayah sekitar sungai musi berdiri sebuah kerajaan yang bernama
sriwijaya. Kerajaan tersebut dipimpin oleh seorang raja yang sudah berusia lanjut, sang raja
mempunyai seorang putri nan cantik jelita, putri tersebut bernama Siti Fatimah, sayangnya para
pangeran dan pemuda di kerajaan sriwijaya tidak ada yang berani meminangnya karena sang raja
menginginkan anaknya menikah dengan putera raja yang kaya raya. Suatu hari sebuah kapal
dagang dari china datang ke pelabuhan yang terletak di sungai musi dekat dengan istana kerajaan
sriwijaya. Kapal dagang tersebut ternyata milik dari seorang pedagang china yang benama Tan
Bun Ann selain pedagang Tan Bun Ann juga merupakan anak dari raja china.

“Perkenalkan nama hamba Tan Bun Ann, hamba merupakan putera dari china, maksud
kedatangan hamba kesini adalah untuk memohon agar yang mulia paduka raja sriwijaya
berkenan memberikan ijin kepada hamba untuk berdagang di sriwijaya” kata Tan Bun Ann
memperkenalkan diri.

“Negeri ini selalu terbuka bagi siapa saja yang ingin berdagang, kamu boleh berdagang disini
dengan syarat kamu harus membayar pajak sebesar 20% dari keuntunganmu berdagang setiap
bulannya” jawab raja sriwijaya.

“Terima kasih yang mulia siap hamba penuhi, hamba mohon diri dulu” pamit Tan Bun Ann.

Setelah mendapatkan ijin raja sriwijaya Tan Bun Ann segera menjalankan perdagangannya di
pelabuhan. Perdagangan Tan Bun Ann sangat pesat sehingga mendatangkan keuntungan yang
besar. Sesuai dengan syarat yang diberikan oleh raja sriwijaya maka setiap bulannya Tan Bun Ann
menyerahkan pajak sebesar 20% dari keuntungannya. Setelah berbulan-bulan menghadap raja
sriwijaya Tan Bun Ann pun kali ini datang untuk menyerahkan uang pajak namun kali ini
kedatangaan Tan Bun Ann tidak hanya menyerahkan pajak tetapi juga memiliki maksud lain.

“Yang mulia sebagaimana bulan-bulan sebelumnya hamba dating untuk menyerahkan pajak
keuntungan perdagangan hamba” Tan Bun Ann berkata.

“Terimakasih Tan Bun Ann kamu pedagang yang sangat jujur, perdaganganmu sepertinya
semakin maju” puji sang raja.
“Terima kasih untuk pujiannya yang mulia tapi kedatangan hamba kali ini tidak hanya untuk
menyerahkan pajak, hamba juga ada tujuan lainnya ” Tan Bun Ann berkata.

“Tujuan apakah itu Tan Bun Ann ? ” tanya sang raja.

“Hamba bermaksud melamar tuan putri Siti Fatimah” jawab Tan Bun Ann.

Raja sriwijaya terkejut mendengar ucapan Tan Bun Ann, beliau berpikir sejenak meskipun dating
ke sriwijaya sebagai pedagang namun Tan Bun Ann juga anak dari raja china.

“Aku bisa menerima pinanganmu untuk putriku tapi dengan satu syarat” pinta sang raja.

Tan Bun Ann pun bertanya “apakah syaratnya yang mulia ?”.

“Kamu harus menyediakan 9 guci berisi emas sebagai mas kawinnya” sang raja berkata.

Tanpa berpikir Panjang Tan Bun Ann segera memenuhi syarat yang diajukan raja sriwijaya,
setelah mengirim surat ke ayahnya di china sebuah kapal yang mengangkut 9 guci emas
berangkat menuju sriwijaya. 9 guci emas tersebut bagian atasnya ditutupi dengan daun sawi agar
keberadaan emas-emas tersebut tidak diketahui para bajak laut bahakan guci-guci tersebut
disembunyikan di sebuah ruang kapal yang tersembunyi. Kapal yang mengangkut emas tersebut
akhirnya tiba di sriwijaya, Tan Bun Ann yang sudah tidak sabar segera naik ke atas kapal hendak
melihat 9 guci emas.

“Dimana guci-guci emas itu ? “tanya Tan Bun Ann.

Lalu prajurit itu menjawab “ hamba simpan dibagian kapal yang rahasia tuan,

lalu Tan Bun Ann berkata “ tunjukkan dimana tempatnya”.

Tan Bun Ann pun dengan diantar seorang prajurit masuk ke dalam kapal yang agak gelap.

“Bukalah jendela kapal itu agar bisa lebih terang !” perintah Tan Bun Ann.

“Nah sekarang lebih terang, mana guci-guci emas itu ?”tanya Tan Bun Ann lagi.

“Itu tuanku semua guci emas tersebut ditutup oleh kain berwarna hitam” jawab prajurit itu.

“Baik, sekarang keluarlah, aku akan memeriksa guci-guci ema situ !” perintah Tan Bun Ann lagi.
Tan Bun Ann segera membuka kain hitam yang menutupi guci, namun alangkah terkejutnya dia
setelah melihat guci-guci tersebut.

“Yang aku minta adalah emas, kenapa yang dikirim malah sayuran busuk ini, apa kata raja
sriwijaya jika yang dikirim ternyata hanyalah sayuran busuk bukan emas, sungguh aku sangat
malu dan raja sriwijaya pasti sangat terhina” ujar Tan Bun Ann kesal.

Karena tertekan oleh perasaan malu Tan Bun Ann tanpa berpikir Panjang dan tidak memeriksa
terlebih dahulu, segera melemparkan guci-guci tersebut ke dalam sungai musi. Ketika
mengangkat guci terakhir Tan Bun Ann tersandung dan guci tersebut jatuh hingga pecah, Tan Bun
Ann seperti tidak percaya dengan yang dilihatnya dibawah sayuran yang busuk tersebut ternyata
tersimpan emas. Tan Bun Ann segera naik ke geladak kapal dan berbicara kepada prajurit
pengawalnya

“Pengawal kenapa kamu tidak bilang bahwa emas-emas ditutupi oleh sawi dan aku sudah
terlanjur membuang 8 buah guci ke dalam sungai” sesal Tan Bun Ann,

lalu prajurit tersebut menjawab “maafkan hamba tuanku”.

“sudahlah ayo kita menyelam kita ambil 8 guci emas itu. Tan Bun Ann dan prajurit china tersebut
segera melompat ke dalam sungai musi dan menyelam. Sementara itu Siti Fatimah yang diberi
kabar tentang Tan Bun Ann yang menyelam ke dalam sungai menunggu calon suaminya tersebut
dari atas kapal. Hari semakin sore namun Tan Bun Ann dan pengawalnya belum juga muncul dari
dalam sungai musi.

“Dayang selama ini kamu sudah setia menemaniku, kemana saja aku pergi kamu selalu mau
mengawalku namun kali ini aku akan menyusul calon suamiku menyelam ke dalam sungai, kamu
tidak peru menemaniku lagi doakan saja semoga aku selamat namun jika suatu saat nanti ada
tumpukan tanah disungai ini berarti itu kuburanku” pesan Siti Fatimah.

Belum sempat mencegahnya Siti Fatimah sudah melompat ke dalam sungai lalu dayang yang
setia itu menunggu sampai malam tiba hingga keesokan harinya namun Siti Fatimah belum juga
muncul hingga ayam jantan telah berkokok dan matahari muncul di ufuk timur baik Tan Bun Ann
dan pengawalnya serta Siti Fatimah belum juga muncul. Tiba-tiba dayang melihat gundukan
tanah muncul dari dalam sungai musi itu artinya Siti Fatimah telah meninggal dunia, gundukan
tanah tersebut lama kelamaan menjadi sebuah pulau, masyarakat disekitarnya menyebut pulau
tersebut dengan nama pulau kemaro. Dalam Bahasa Indonesia kemaro artinya adalah kemarau
dinamakan kemaro karena pulau tersebut tidak pernah tergenang air meskipun sungai musi
sedang banjir.

Pesan moral dari Cerita Rakyat Dari Sumatera Selatan Asal Pulau Kemaro adalah segala sesuatu
harus diteliti dulu, jangan terburu-buru menilai dan mengambil keputusan.
THE LEGEND OF KEMARO ISLAND

A long time ago, there was a kingdom in South Sumatra.

The king had a very beautiful daughter. her name was Siti Fatimah. She was single.
many young man fell in love with her. however, they did not have any courage to
propose her. The king wanted his daughter only to marry a rich man.

One day, a ship from China arrived. The captain of the ship was Tan Bun Ann Ann. He
was a prince. He came to South Sumatra to do business. He was a merchant. he planned
to stay for several months. He came to the palace to meet the king. He wanted to ask
the king's permission. "I will let you stay here and do this business. but remember, you
have to share your profit. You have to give half of your profit to the kingdom," said the
king. "I agree, your majesty," said Tan Bun Ann Ann.

Since then, Tan Bun Ann Ann often came to the palace. He met Siti Fatimah several
times. He really admired her beauty. He tried to find out more about her. He asked his
man to ask the people about her. After several days, Tan Bun Ann Ann finally got
information about Siti Fatimah. He knew that she was single and the king only wanted
to have a rich son in law. The information made Tan Bun Ann Ann worked harder. he
wanted to be richer. Tan Bun Ann Ann also approached Siti Fatimah secretly. Siti
Fatimah really admired his patience and his spirit to work hard. She also fell in love
with him. they secretly had a relationship. After a while, Tan Bun Ann Ann felt it was
time for him to propose Siti Fatimah. He talked to the king. "I will let you marry my
daughter. But there is one thing you have to do. Give me nine big jars filled with gold,"
said the king.

Tan Bun Ann Ann wrote a letter to his parents in China and told them about Siti Fatimah.
The parents agreed and sent him nine big jars filled with gold. To cover the gold from
the thieves, the parents put some vegetables on top of the gold.

Later, the nine big jars arrived at the pier of Musi River. Tan Bun Ann Ann immediately
looked for the jars. He was so surprised. When he opened the cover of the jar, he saw
rotten vegetables. He only looked at the top of the jar. he did not search at the bottom
of the jars. "Hmmm...Maybe the gold is in the second jar," thought Tan Bun Ann Ann.
Again he did not find the gold.

He was so angry. He threw the jars into the river. Every time he did not see any gold in
the jar, he always threw it to the river. And finally he opened the last jar. Again, he
did not see any gold.

This time he was so tired. He did not have any power to throw the jar into the river.
Instead he smashed the jar with a big stone. And when the jar was broken, Tan Bun Ann
Ann found the gold!
He knew he made a mistake. He immediately jumped to the river. He wanted to collect
the gold.
Siti Fatimah saw what was happening. She waited for Tan Bun Ann Ann at the river
bank, but he never showed up. She was impatient. She also wanted to jump and helped
him. Before she jumped, she told her guards a message, "If you see a pile of soil on the
river bank, and that means it is my grave."

Then she jumped into the river.

The guards waited and waited. And several days the people saw a pile of soil.

The soil was getting bigger and bigger. It finally became an island. The people named
it Kemaro Island. Kemaro is from the word kemarau, it means drought season. People
named it that because the island is never drowned although the level of the water in
the Musi River is high.
THE LEGEND OF KEMARO ISLAND

A long time ago, there was a kingdom in South Sumatra. The king had a very beautiful
daughter. her name was Siti Fatimah. She was single. many young man fell in love with
her. however, they did not have any courage to propose her. The king wanted his
daughter only to marry a rich man.

One day, a ship from China arrived. The captain of the ship was Tan Bun Ann Ann. He
was a prince. He came to South Sumatra to do business. He was a merchant. he planned
to stay for several months.
He came to the palace to meet the king. He wanted to ask the king's permission. "I will
let you stay here and do this business. but remember, you have to share your profit.
You have to give half of your profit to the kingdom," said the king. "I agree, your
majesty," said Tan Bun Ann Ann.
Since then, Tan Bun Ann Ann often came to the palace. He met Siti Fatimah several
times. He really admired her beauty. He tried to find out more about her. He asked his
man to ask the people about her. After several days, Tan Bun Ann Ann finally got
information about Siti Fatimah. He knew that she was single and the king only wanted
to have a rich son in law. The information made Tan Bun Ann Ann worked harder. he
wanted to be richer. Tan Bun Ann Ann also approached Siti Fatimah secretly. Siti
Fatimah really admired his patience and his spirit to work hard. She also fell in love
with him. they secretly had a relationship. After a while, Tan Bun Ann Ann felt it was
time for him to propose Siti Fatimah. He talked to the king. "I will let you marry my
daughter. But there is one thing you have to do. Give me nine big jars filled with gold,"
said the king.

Tan Bun Ann Ann wrote a letter to his parents in China and told them about Siti Fatimah.
The parents agreed and sent him nine big jars filled with gold. To cover the gold from
the thieves, the parents put some vegetables on top of the gold.
Later, the nine big jars arrived at the pier of Musi River. Tan Bun Ann Ann immediately
looked for the jars. He was so surprised. When he opened the cover of the jar, he saw
rotten vegetables. He only looked at the top of the jar. he did not search at the bottom
of the jars. "Hmmm...Maybe the gold is in the second jar," thought Tan Bun Ann Ann.
Again he did not find the gold. He was so angry. He threw the jars into the river. Every
time he did not see any gold in the jar, he always threw it to the river.

And finally he opened the last jar. Again, he did not see any gold.
This time he was so tired. He did not have any power to throw the jar into the river.
Instead he smashed the jar with a big stone. And when the jar was broken, Tan Bun Ann
Ann found the gold!
He knew he made a mistake. He immediately jumped to the river. He wanted to collect
the gold.

Siti Fatimah saw what was happening. She waited for Tan Bun Ann Ann at the river
bank, but he never showed up. She was impatient. She also wanted to jump and helped
him. Before she jumped, she told her guards a message, "If you see a pile of soil on the
river bank, and that means it is my grave."

Then she jumped into the river.


The guards waited and waited. And several days the people saw a pile of soil.

The soil was getting bigger and bigger. It finally became an island. The people named
it Kemaro Island. Kemaro is from the word kemarau, it means drought season. People
named it that because the island is never drowned although the level of the water in
the Musi River is high.