Sunday, July 24, 2011

How Singapore got it’s name (The Story of Sang Nila Utama)–Part 1


Sang Nila Utama with copyright

Lim Kiat’s Notes: I assume that most of you already know about the legend of Sang Nila Utama. If you don’t, then I’ll just say that it is a pretty famous legend about this Indonesian king named Sang Nila Utama who went hunting for deer in Sumatra. After that, he spotted an island in the horizon and went there. After that, he found a fierce looking-creature there, and asked a local what was it’s name. The local said that it was a Singa (which was Sanskrit for lion). Sang Nila Utama was so impressed by the creature that he named the island Singapura (Sanskrit for lion city). He then promptly became their king. Of course, the people were so delighted that they threw a MASSIVE party with lots of disco dancing and go-karting. (Alright, I made that last part up)

For another issue concerning my comic, YES, they did cross from Sumatra to Singapore in a sailboat. It was just too bad that they didn’t have private jets in the 14th century.

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