Monday, July 25, 2011

How Singapore got it’s name (The Story of Sang Nila Utama)-Part 2

Sang Nila Utama Part 2

This is also part of the legend of Sang Nila Utama, if I didn’t said so in my last post, I apologize. Basically, on the way to the island, he encountered a giant storm somehow managed to stop the storm by throwing his crown in the sea.

The are lots of dignified arguments about how he managed to stop the storm, and even after they eliminated the impossible,(for example a giant sea monster caused the storm until Sang Nila Utama over here conked him on the head with his crown.) They still could not decided what happened, so they consulted the tradional legends.

There are actually 2 versions of the legend. One is that the storm stopped because he was the grandson of the sea god, and he is giving his crown as a gift to his grandfather in exchange for safe passage through the sea. This is a bit difficult to believe, but the problem with royalty is that they tend to believe that they are descendants of some sort of godly power.

             Sang Nila Utama                              Sea God

Sang Nila Utama and grandfather

The second version claims that the crown was too heavy for the ship. This makes more sense, but it’s still a bit strange how a crown can sink a ship. (It must have been a really lousy ship). Anyway, it was just too bad for Sang Nila Utama when he threw his crown overboard when the storm stopped. On the bright side, maybe his grandfather can send it back to him for Christmas.

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