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Indonesia Folktales 2005

2 February  2005 

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(1 Full Sheet Stamp , 1 Souvenir Sheet, 4 FDC) exclude shipping charges

On February 2nd, 2005 the Directorate General of Post and Telecommunication issues a series of special stamps featuring folktales of four different provinces of Indonesia and a souvenir sheet will be issued respectively. Coinciding this issue PT Pos Indonesia (Persero) will publish a series of First Day Covers.

The Folktales series has been issued yearly since 1998, representing four folktales of four different provinces of Indonesia at atime. The 2005's issuance of folkatales series in th 8th or the last episode of the special series. With the finalization of the Folktales series, since 2004 the Directorate General of Post and Telecommunication has prepared a new series of stamps featuring traditional food.

The 8th issue of the Folkateles series featues four legeds of four different provinces namely "Lahilote" of Gorontalo, "Kolam Putri" of Riau Islands, "Batu Balai" of Bangka Belitung and "Sogo and the Moon in Ibuanari".

 

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THE LEGEND OF LAHILOTE

(Province of Gorontalo)

 

Long ago there lived a humble young man named Lahilote in a remote village of ancient Gorontalo. One night Lahilote who lived near a water spring which was the upperstream of a river and made a living by collecting rattan in a nearby forest dreamt that was given a piece of such big rattan called "Hutiya Mala". The young man sprang up from his sleep upon the surprising dream.

A few days later on his way to the forest, Laholote chanced to glance down the river and see a group of seven beautiful fairies who were bathing joyfully. The seven beauties left their "selendangs', the magic scarves they used as the wings, on the river-bank. Greeed soon lured Lahilote to steal and hide one of the selendangs. As they were aware of the presence of Laholote, the fairies soon stopped bathing and got out of water and fetched their selendangs. They all flew to the heaven leaving the poor one who cried and sobbed desperately because she could not find her selendang. Lahitole approached and comforted her, then brought her some proposed her to be his wife. The beautiful accepted his proposal and soon they married.

One day Lahilote told his wife that he had got to go to the forest to collect rattan. His wife insisted to accompany him but he did not let her go with him. To keep herself if busy Lahilote's wife wondered over the house and by chance she found her lost selendang kept very carefuly in a bamboo tube. She felt very happy but at the same time very disappointed to know her husband's unfairness. She soon wear the selendang and flew away to the heaven to leave her husband behind.

 Lahilote got home happily because at that time he succeeded in collecting a great deal of rattan. But soon he got very much disappointed

to know that his wife had flown away and the bamboo tube where he had kept the selendang was empty. At that very difficult moment, suddenly came a wise Polahi (a certain tribe living in the forest) man who gave him a piece of magic rattan. He told Lahilote that the rattan could bring him to the heaven. Eventually Lahilote succeeded to fly to the heaven and meet his beloved wife. Lahilote was allowed to stay in the heaven.

After some time, when his wife was looking for lice Lahilote's head, she happened to see some graying hairs among his. Soon she sprang up and got away from her startled husband. She told him that no one with graying hair is allowed to stay in heaven. Upon his questions, she told her husband:"Love fades away when you get a graying because here in heaven you are no more than a shadow as soon as you get a piece of graying hair."

Broken -heartedly, Lahilote got down from the heaven making use of a piece of board. He swore:"From this point of Pohe beach up to the border of the shroud to cover my dead body, my left foot-print will be printed forever."

At the moment we can find a stone in the beach of Pohe, in the Province of Gorontalo with a foot-print stamped on it. The locals believe that it is the foot-print of Lahilote.

 

 

 

 

THE LEGEND OF KOLAM PUTRI

(Province of Islands of Riau)

 

Once there were two kingdoms around Gunung or Mount Bintan in the Islands of Riau namely Melayu and Kayangan. Formerly peoples of the two kingdoms lived side-by-side in harmony peacefully, but when Princess Bidasari, the daughter of Sang Dewa the King of Kayangan, came to her age, then a big problem soon emerged. Many Princess of the two kingdoms were eager to marry the very beautiful princess. Accordingly the two kingdoms were put in a hostile condition. In order to avoid war between Melayu and Kayangan, Sang Dewa decided to move the kingdom of Kayangan and build a new palace in a hidden place at the top of Gunung Bintan. A pool filled with clear water was also built to keep golden fish, the favorit pet of Bidasari.

One day, Sang Dewa declared an announcement saying that any prince who could successfully find the whereabouts of Bidasari, her daughter, would marry the beautiful princess of Kayangan. But soon after he announced the competition, Sang Dewa disappeared. Among so many princess who took part in the competition to search Princess Bidasari, there were two princess one was from the Melayu Kingdom and the other from Kayangan who at the same time successfully found Princess Bidasari. The princess was very upset and unable to decide, which of the two princess to be her husband. To solve the problem she told to the two princess to follow her to climb up steep stairs, Bidasari said to the two princess" Neither of you will be my husband/. Now let me dive into the water and be the owner of the pool!" To their astonishment, the two princess witnessed Bidasari plunge herself into the pool and instantly take the form of a very beautiful forbidden fish.

Sang Dewa declared that the pool would be called "Kolam Putri" or "The Princess Pond". From that time on the "Kolam Putri" has produced drinking water for the people of Gunung Bintan and the surroundings.

 

 

 

THE LEGEND OF BATU BALAI

(Bangka Belitung Province)

 

Once upon a time there lived an old widow with her only son named Dempu Awang in the middle of a forest in Mentok. They made their living by growing sweet potatos and taros. To improve their living Dempu Awang asked his mother's permission to go abroad to find a good job. His mother allowed him to go.

A few days later Dempu Awang left his village and his beloved mother. He got on board a ship as a sailor. Left alone in the middle of the forest. Dempu Awang's mother never stopped praying for her only son's safety, prosperity and happiness.

Ten years had passed since Dempu Awang left her mother. But during that time he never sent any news to his mother. Thanks to his mother's prayers Dempu Awang had made considerable fortune and married a very beautiful girl who was the daughter of a rich and respectable gentleman. Dempu Awang missed his mother and his native land. So he decided to go with his wife to Mentok by a luxurious sailing boat of his own.

On his arrival at Mentok, the fisherman who knew Dempu Awang told him that his mother was still alive. So he sent one of the fishermen to pick her up. But upon seeing the told, ugly and shabby woman stepping the ladder of his sailing boat, Dempu Awang changed his mind instantly. In the presence of his young, beautiful and richly dressed wife Dempu Awang denied the old woman to be his mother. "Dempu Awang, my son. Never deny that I am your mother, who nurtured you lovingly till you grew up and left me alone in the forest. Listen, that scar in your characteristic identity." Still Dempu Awang refused her and pushed her that she fell down from the ship. Upon seeing this, his wife insisted Dempu Awang to admit the old woman to be his mother. But Dempu Awang stubbornly refused.

Dempu Awang's denial hurt his mother very much. She knelt and rose her hands and prayed sincerely that God would give lesson to her ungrateful son. The prayer was answered. When Dempu Awang's ship was about to leave, suddenly it was attacked by  a  fierce thunder and rain-storm. The ship was broken in two and sank.

When the storm was over, it turned that Dempu Awang and his ship were changed into a mass of rock, while his wife a white ape. Locals believe that a mass pf rock measuring 8 x 6 x 5m located 3.5 km north to Mentok was formerly Dempu Awang's sailing ship. In old days a governmental meeting room, or Balai in local language, was built near the rock. That is why the rock is called "Batu Balai" or "Rock Meeting Room".

 

 

 

 

 

THE LEGEND OF MOON AND SAGO IN IBUANARI

(Province of Papua)

When you fly from Manokwari to the Sub District of Kobar you will have a bird's eye view of a small village named Kebar where sago trees grow abundantly.Sago is the staple food of the Papuans. But it is said that in the ancient time the people of Ibuanari in the east of Sub District Kobar did not grow sago. They often killed and robbed sago and other valuable goods from the strangers who passed by the region. One night, when full moon was rising on the horizon, a lot of people came out to admire the beauty of the celestial body. They also wandered whether they could catch and serve it with sago for dinner.

Boriel Ariks, the chief of the tribe, then sought a way how to catch the appetizing yellow thing which looked easily reachable. After a long deliberation with his people, Boriel Arks decided to build a tall tower in order that they could reach the moon. First, they had to clear the vast land of the trees, which were used as the material to build a tower in the middle of a vast plain resembling a desert with almost no tree growing on it.

One fine evening, when the moon looked very clear in the sky, Boriel Ariks accompanied by some brave and strong men he had selected carefully, began to climb the tower. Each was supplied with a long pole and piece of bamboo tube to store some sago. How good it would be to eat some sago and a little bit of the moon., they thought! In the meanwhile the women and the children were waiting around the tower. The men rushed wildly to climb the tower. But the tower was not strong enough to bear the weight of so many people. It declined and collapsed helplessly. Many people died including Boriel Arks. The bamboo tubes containing sago were broken and scattered their content on the ground.

Present people of Ibuanari believe that a consequence of the incident it is impossible for them to outnumber the people of Jandura who live in the neighborhood. They also believe that the sago flour scattering on the ground later on grew into sago trees which are found today in the ground covering tens of hectares in Ibuanari. Customorily people of Ibuanari will leave their fields after enjoying their crop and move to some other forest to start a new field. Thus it is expected that the abandoned field will soon be reforested. Cutting trees aimlessly is a strict taboo among people of Ibuanari.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TECHNICAL DETAILS STAMPS

Classification of Issuance

:

Special Stamp

Product Code

:

051001

Issue date

:

2 February  2005

Designs and Denominations

:

1/4 Lahilote (Pidi Baiq)  Rp 1.500,00

2/4 Kolam Putri (Lebah Madu) Rp 1.500,00

3/4 Batu Balai (Yana Surya) Rp 1.500,-

4/4 Bulan & Sagu (Insight) Rp 1.500,-

 

Size

:

41.60 mm x 25.31 mm

Perforations

:

12.75 x 13.50

Sheet Composition

:

20 PCs (5x4)

Price per Sheet

:

Rp 30.000,00

Colours

:

 

Paper

:

 

Gum

:

PVA

Printing Process

:

Offset and Rotogravure

Printing Quantity

:

100.000 sets

Designer

:

1/4 Lahilote (Pidi Baiq)  

2/4 Kolam Putri (Lebah Madu)

3/4 Batu Balai (Yana Surya)

4/4 Bulan & Sagu (Insight)

Printer

:

Perum PERURI

SOUVENIR SHEET

Product Code

:

051401

Price

:

Rp 6.000,00

Printing Quantity

:

30.000 pcs

Designer

:

Dendi Suryanadi

Printer

:

Perum PERURI

 

FIRST DAY COVER (FDC)

Product Code

:

052101

Price

:

Rp 36.000,00

Printing Quantity

:

4.000 pcs

Designer

:

Tata Sugiarta

 

 

Stamps Sales Period                    : 2 February 2005 31 December 2008

Period of Validity For Postage     : 2 February 2005 31 December 2010

 

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