Indonesian Folklore: The Origin of Merman Fish

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Cerita rakyat nusantara Asal-Usul Ikan Duyung dari Sulawesi Tengah. (Kak Nurul Ihsan/ebookanak.com)

Once upon a time, there was a story of a happy family.

Every morning, they have breakfast together.

After breakfast, the father went to the garden to work.

One day, after breakfast, the father told his wife to put the remaining fish in the cupboard for her to eat later in the afternoon.

However, when lunch arrived, the youngest child asked to eat with the side dishes in the cupboard.

His mother persuaded him to eat it with other side dishes.

However, the child continued to cry.

The mother became increasingly confused.

The child kept crying and didn’t want to eat other side dishes.

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The mother couldn’t bear to see her child crying with an empty stomach.

Finally, the fish was also given to his son.

Cerita rakyat nusantara Asal-Usul Ikan Duyung dari Sulawesi Tengah. (Kak Nurul Ihsan/ebookanak.com)
Indonesian folklore: Origins of mermaids from Central Sulawesi. (Kak Nurul Ihsan/ebookanak.com)

In the afternoon, the father came home with a hungry stomach.

He immediately met his wife and asked her to prepare food.

Then his wife told the incident earlier.

How angry the father heard that.

Even though she had been persuaded, her husband was still angry until the evening.

Finally, that night his wife went to sea crying without the knowledge of her three children.

In the morning, the three children looked for their mother all the way to the beach.

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Arriving at the beach, they shouted for their mother.

Then his mother appeared from the surface of the sea.

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Indonesian folklore: Origins of mermaids from Central Sulawesi. (Kak Nurul Ihsan/ebookanak.com)

Then breastfeed the youngest child.

The next day the children returned to the sea looking for their mother.

They screamed for their mother.

The mother emerged from the sea.

She immediately breastfed her youngest child with great affection.

However, over time, without realizing it, the mother’s body began to have scales like a fish.

Her children do not believe that she is their mother.

Because what they know his mother is not scaled.

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How sad the mother’s heart is because her children no longer recognize her as their mother.

Now the mother’s body is covered with scales like a mermaid.

So from then on, the mother lived in the sea as a mermaid. ***

Cerita rakyat nusantara Asal-Usul Ikan Duyung dari Sulawesi Tengah. (Kak Nurul Ihsan/ebookanak.com)
Indonesian folklore: Origins of mermaids from Central Sulawesi. (Kak Nurul Ihsan/ebookanak.com)

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