This is a story from West New Guinea, an Indonesian province who has a stronger Pacific (Polynesian/Micronesian) culture. The people are similiar with the people in Papua New Guinea or Aborigines in Australia.
It's bordered with Papua New Guinea in the east, sharing the island of New Guinea (we call it Irian), the second largest island in the world.
The inhabitants in the village of Mimika were busy that day. They prepared 12 boats and set off to the upper course of the river, to find sago, the main food for people in New Guinea, like rice in most of Asian nations or wheat in the Western.
After three days, their boats were filled with sagos, and they headed home. But in the area of Tamanipia, they were raided by a dragon, and their boat were struck by great waves, caused by the swings of the dragon's tail. Most of them were drown, but a woman managed to save herself, jumped to the ground and hid on a tree.
Sago is powdery whis is taken from 'sago palm.'
To see a sago palm, please take a look at http://www.rhapisgardens.com/sagos/
Dragon is an evil figure in the Indonesian myrths as in the Western legends. The image is very different from the dragon in Chinese myths, which is a sacred symbol and often represents the power of the king.
|TANGKUBAN PARAHU||MALIN KUNDANG||THE QUEEN IN SOUHERN SEA||INDONESIAN GHOSTS||MOUNT BROMO||JAYABAYA||QUEEN SIMA||CURSED SWORD, KERIS|
|LORO JONGGRANG||LANDORUNDUN||MOUSE DEER AND OTTER'S CHILD||WHY DOESN'T A BEAR HAVE A LONG TAIL?||FUNERAL CUSTOMS||CARVING MOTIFS||KYAI JEGOD||QUEEN AJI BIDARA PUTIH|
|WANEBAKA, SON OF TUNDE||NYI RORO KIDUL||NAI MANGGALE||POTTALA|