Tribes from Kalimantan

 Asal Usul Danau Lipan


At the subdistrict of Muara Kaman approximately 120 km upstream of the capital Tenggarong Regency in East Kalimantan is an area known by the name of Lake Centipede. Although named Lake, the area is not a lake like Lake Jempang and Semayang. It is a vast desert area is overgrown with bushes and shrubs. Long ago the town of Muara Kaman and beyond is the ocean. Edge of the sea when it is in Berubus, Ulu village of Muara Kaman is better known by the name of the Continent Lawas. At that time there was a kingdom which bookie very crowded because it is located by the sea.

Terkenallah at that time in the kingdom a beautiful princess. The princess named Princess Aji Bedarah White. He named no other way because if the princess was chewing betel nut and swallowing water sepahnya behold the red betel water was flowing through the throat.

Loveliness and strangeness Princess Aji Bedarah White was heard also by a Chinese king who immediately set out with great Jung and his armies and anchored on the sea front of the palace Aji Bedarah White. China King was immediately stepped onto land to apply for Princess beautiful.

Before the King of China expressed courtship, by the king's first daughter was treated to a meal together. But unfortunate for the King of China, he did not know that he is being tested by a lady who not only beautiful but also clever and wise. Central dining in the banquet, the daughter was disgusted to see squalor of the dining room. China King turned out to eat with how a sip, do not use the hand but rather directly with her mouth like a dog.

How disgust Princess Aji Bedarah White and he felt insulted, as if the King of China did not respect him as well as clearly unable to adjust. When finished dinner and the King of China's application is made, and instantly the princess refused with great wrath, saying, "How hinanya a princess destined to humans who eat only way sipped like a dog."

Incredible insult, of course, also generate tremendous anger at the Chinese king. It rejected her application, also received an insult. Because very embarrassed and angry, there's no way other than redeemed by any force to subdue Princess Aji Bedarah White.He was soon headed to jungnya to return with all the powerful army to destroy the kingdom and charming lady.

There was a terrible war between armies of Chinese who came like a tidal wave of the sea against the White armies Bedarah Aji.

Apparently the White Bedarah Aji army can not fend off a Chinese invasion armies raged with fierce. Daughter who witnessed the battle in an unbalanced way it was sad mix growled. He had imagined that the war would be won by the Chinese army.Because it arises fury.

Princess was soon chew betel as he says, "If I'm correct this incarnation of the king of magic, so be it junk-sepahku-centipede centipede that can destroy the King of China and all his army." Finished saying this, disemburkannyalah junk from his mouth towards the middle of the battle was raging. With a blink of an eye junk betel daughter had been transformed into a thousand tails big centipede, and then with bengisnya attacking Chinese army was raging.

Chinese army who fought with valor were destroyed one after another. Soldiers who know centipede attack which was unchallenged, immediately ran into jungnya latitude-lemur. Similarly the King. They intend to immediately leave the Muara Kaman with tremendous lipannya it, but it turns out they were not given the opportunity by centipedes, millipedes Muara Kaman had to leave alive. Because centipede, centipedes, it has spoken to destroy the King and the armies of China, then with their wavy Jung stormed all the way to China. King and the entire Chinese army never can range anywhere anymore and eventually they all were gone. Jung were drowned as well.

Meanwhile, the White Bedarah Aji soon disappear with magic, and some where along with his magical princess, the magic also the Brave Water Wells, as the power of magic kingdom. China King Jung places that sank and shallow sea which later became a land with vast wilderness that is what came to be called up to now by the name of Lake Centipede.

(Adapted from Masdari Ahmad, Kutai Folklore Collection, Department of Education and Culture, Jakarta 1979)