Rusa dan Anjing (Sulawesi Tengah)

Rusa dan Anjing (Sulawesi Tengah)

Konon, pada jaman dahulu kala, rusa tidak mempunyai tanduk. Justru anjinglah yang mempunyai tanduk panjang dan bercabang-cabang. Pada suatu ketika, musim panas yang sangat panjang tiba, sehingga hampir semua sungai menguap airnya hingga kering. Semua hewan merasa kehausan dan juga kelaparan karena rumput dan tumbuh-tumbuhan lainnya tidak dapat tumbuh.

Kehausan dan kelaparan juga dialami oleh sepasang rusa. Mereka pergi mencari air dengan menyusuri bukit, dan lereng-lereng gunung. Dan akhirnya setelah mencari cukup lama mereka pun menemukan sebuah sungai yang masih ada airnya. Selain sepasang rusa tersebut, sudah ada banyak hewan-hewan lain yang juga berada di situ. “Setelah sekian lama kita mencari, baru sekarang kita menemukan air. Lihatlah, sudah banyak binatang lain yang berkumpul disini.”, kata rusa jantan kepada rusa betina. Rusa betina kemudian memalingkan pandangannya ke segala penjuru. “Iya, memang tempat ini sudah ramai dipenuhi oleh binatang lainnya yang juga kehausan dan kelaparan”, kata rusa betina.

Sepasang rusa itu lalu turun ke sungai. Tiba-tiba rusa betina melihat sesuatu dan berkata kepada rusa jantan, “Coba lihat ke sana! Siapa binatang itu. Betapa tampannya dia. Tanduknya sangat bagus dan menarik. Wah, dia terlihat sungguh gagah.” Si rusa jantan lalu menoleh, dan memperhatikan binatang yang sedang menuruni bukit menuju sungai untuk minum. “Itu adalah anjing. Dia sahabatku namun kita sudah lama tidak berjumpa,” jawab rusa jantan.

Ketika si anjing tiba di pinggir sungai, ia melihat rusa jantan dan istrinya. “Hai, rusa! Sedang apa kau di sini?” tegur si anjing kepada rusa jantan sahabatnya.

“Ya, jangan heran. Sekarang ini air kan sangat sulit diperoleh karena kekeringan, dan makanan pun tak ada. Kami pergi mencari kesana kemari hingga akhirnya menemukan air di tempat ini”, jawab rusa jantan. Kemudian mereka semua turun ke sungai untuk minum. Setelah minum, ketiga hewan itu lalu berpencar kembali.

“Mana si anjing itu tadi?” Tanya rusa betina kepada rusa jantan. “Oh, itu di sana! Di bawah pohon, dia sedang beristirahat. Mungkin dia masih merasa lelah setelah menempuh perjalanan yang jauh”, jawab rusa jantan. “Kalau begitu, ayo kita juga beristirahat disana bersama dengan dia”, ajak si rusa betina kepada suaminya.

“Ah, kamu ini!”, tegur rusa jantan kepada rusa betina. “Kenapa dari tadi kamu selalu memandangi si anjing? Sedangkan aku tak lagi kamu perhatikan?” tanya rusa jantan dengan jengkel. “Tentu saja. Aku kagum dengan tanduk si anjing itu. Wah sungguh tak terkatakan indahnya. Oh, sungguh indah sekali”, jawab rusa betina sambil terus memuji-muji tanduk si anjing. “Apakah ia terlihat lebih gagah dariku?” tanya si rusa jantan pada rusa betina istrinya. “Ya, tentu saja tidak. Tetapi yang jelas tanduknya sangat bagus. Jika kau mempunyai tanduk seperti dia, pasti kau akan terlihat jauh lebih gagah daripada si anjing” jawab rusa betina.

Rusa jantan lalu terdiam sejenak. Ia pun berusaha mencari akal. “Begini saja,” kata rusa jantan sesaat kemudian. Kalau kamu mau lihat aku bertanduk, nanti aku akan meminjam tanduk si anjing. Aku akan kesana dulu untuk berbicara dengannya.” Rusa jantan itu terpengaruh oleh rayuan istrinya. Ia lalu menemui si anjing.

“Hei anjing temanku. Istriku ingin sekali melihat kita berlomba lari,” kata rusa jantan berbohong. Si anjing yang tak ingin membuat sahabatnya kecewa menyetujui usul itu. Mereka lalu pergi ke tepi padang rumput untuk berlomba lari.

“Apabila saya sudah berdiri dan mengangkat kakiku, maka mulailah kalian berdua lari”, rusa betina memberikan aba-aba. Rusa jantan dan anjing itu kemudian berlomba lari. Dan ternyata, anjing dapat dengan mudah dikalahkan oleh si rusa jantan. Si anjing merasa kecewa karena kekalahannya itu. Sang rusa jantan pun segera menghibur sambil berusaha menipunya. “Begini anjing temanku. Kau tadi dapat kukalahkan karena kau memakai tanduk yang berat sehingga larimu menjadi lambat. Nah, supaya adil bagaimana kalau aku sekarang yang memakai tanduk itu. Lalu kita berlomba lari lagi.”

Anjing kemudian menyetujui lagi usul sahabatnya tanpa merasa curiga. Ia lalu melepaskan tanduknya dan memberikannya kepada rusa jantan. Rusa jantan lalu memakai tanduk si anjing yang besar dan bercabang-cabang itu. Rusa dan Anjing pun berlomba lagi. Ketika rusa jantan melihat si anjing berlari sekencang-kencangnya di depan, ia pun berlari tetapi berbelok ke arah lain menjauh dari si anjing. Sedangkan si anjing terus berlari dan berlari tanpa menyadarinya. Karena merasa akan menang, anjing baru menoleh ke belakang. Alangkah terkejutnya dia ketika melihat bahwa si rusa jantan sudah menghilang dan tak ada di belakangnya.

Sadar dia telah ditipu, si anjing berlari berbalik arah untuk memburu si rusa jantan dengan marah. Akan tetapi, karena si rusa jantan jauh lebih gesit dan lincah, si anjing tak mampu menyusulnya. Dan akhirnya, tanduk si anjing pun dibawa lari oleh rusa jantan. Karena itulah hingga sekarang, bila anjing melihat rusa jantan, dia pasti akan mengejarnya, karena ingin meminta kembali tanduknya yang dulu dipinjam. Hingga saat ini binatang rusa jantan memiliki tanduk yang indah dan kokoh, yang membuatnya terlihat gagah.

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Deer and Dogs (Indonesia)

Deer and Dogs (Indonesia)

It is said that in ancient times, deer did not have horns. It is precisely the dog that has long horns and branches. Once upon a time, a very long summer arrived, so that almost all the rivers evaporated until the water dried up. All animals feel thirsty and also hungry because grass and other plants cannot grow.

Thirst and hunger are also experienced by a pair of deer. They went to look for water by going down hills and mountain slopes. And finally after searching for a long time they found a river that still had water. In addition to the pair of deer, there are already many other animals that are also there. “After a long time we searched, only now we find water. Look, many other animals have gathered here. “, Said the stag to the stag. The female deer then looked away in all directions. “Yes, this place is already crowded with other animals that are also thirsty and starving,” said the female deer.

The pair of deer then descended into the river. Suddenly the stag saw something and said to the stag, “Look over there! Look!” Who is that animal? How handsome he is. The horn is very nice and attractive. Wow, he looks really handsome. “The stag then turned, and watched the animals that were going down the hill to the river to drink. “That is a dog. He is my best friend, but we haven’t seen him in a long time, “answered the stag.

When the dog arrived by the river, he saw a stag and his wife. “Hi, deer! What are you doing here? “The dog said to his best friend’s stag.

“Yes, don’t be surprised. Nowadays water is very difficult to obtain because of drought, and there is no food. We went looking here and there until we finally found water in this place, “answered the stag. Then they all went down to the river to drink. After drinking, the three animals then scattered again.

“Where was the dog?” Asked the female deer to the stag. “Oh, that’s over there! Under the tree, he is resting. Maybe he still feels tired after a long journey, “replied the stag. “If so, let’s also rest there with him”, invite the female deer to her husband.

“Ah, you!”, Rebuked the stag to the female deer. “Why have you always been staring at the dog? Whereas I no longer pay attention to you? “Asked the stag with annoyance. “Of course. I was amazed by the dog’s horns. Wow really unspeakable beauty. Oh, how beautiful it is, “answered the stag while continuing to praise the dog’s horns. “Does he look more handsome than me?” Asked the stag to his wife’s stag. “Yes, of course not. But clearly the horns are very good. If you have horns like him, surely you will look much more manly than the dog, “answered the female deer.

The stag then pauses for a moment. He also tried to find reason. “Tell you what,” said the stag a moment later. If you want to see me horned, I’ll borrow the dog’s horn later. I will go there first to talk to him. ”The stag was influenced by his wife’s seduction. He then met the dog.

“Hey, my friend’s dog. My wife really wants to see us run, “said the stag lying. The dog who does not want to make his friend disappointed approve the proposal. They then went to the edge of the meadow to race.

“When I stand up and lift my legs, then both of you start running,” the female deer gives the signal. The male deer and the dog then race. And apparently, dogs can be easily defeated by the stag. The dog feels disappointed because of his defeat. The stag immediately entertained while trying to trick him. “This is my friend’s dog. I was defeated because you used heavy horns so your running was slow. Well, to be fair what if I now use the horn. Then we run again. ”

The dog then agrees again to his friend’s proposal without feeling suspicious. He then let go of his horn and gave it to the stag. The stag then uses the big, branched dog’s horn. Deer and dogs compete again. When the stag sees the dog running as fast as he can in front, he runs but turns in the other direction away from the dog. While the dog continues to run and run without realizing it. Feeling will win, the new dog looked back. How surprised he was when he saw that the stag had disappeared and was not behind him.

Realizing he had been deceived, the dog ran away to hunt down the stag angrily. However, because the stag is far more agile and agile, the dog is unable to catch up with him. And finally, the dog’s horn was carried away by a stag. That is why until now, if a dog sees a stag, he will definitely chase it, because he wants to ask for the horn back which he used to borrow. Until now, male deer animals have beautiful and sturdy horns, which make it look manly.

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