Friday, June 15, 2012

The city of the lion story

The city of the lion story
(Favourite stories from Singapore)

The city of the lion story
Hundred of years ago there was a powerful king called Sang Nila Utama. He lived in Palembang in southern Sumatera and ruled the kingdoms of Sri Vijaya Empire.
One day, the king decided to travel to the island of Bentang. When the ships were ready, he and his followers set out. While they were at sea a fierce storm up: the wind howled and the sea became very rough.
“Your Majesty, it is dangerous to travel in such weather.” Said the captain of Sang Nila Utama’s ship. “Tumasik island is nearby, and we could stay there until the storm is over.”
The king agreed, and so the ship left stormy sea and sailed into the safe and quite harbor of Tumasik.
“Since we’re here, we should have a look around,” said the king.
Sang Nila Utama and his followers then left their ship to explore the island. It was heavily wooded and had many beautiful flowers. As the man walked further from the sea, Sang Nila Utama suddenly saw a fine large animal. Its body was as snowy white. Larger than a goat, the animal moved quickly and soon disappeared into the dark forest.
“What was that?” asked the king, “I have never seen such a strange and wonderful animal.”
“It’s a lion,” replied one of his followers.
“If the animals here are as fine and as fierce as lions, this would be a good place to start a new kingdom,” said the king.
“I agree,” said a prince, “but I think we should re-name the island to mark your visit.
“Good idea,” said Sang Nila Utama. “I think we should call it “Singapura”. City of the lion.

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