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Australian Folklore : The Bunbundoolooeys|| Bunbundoolooeys

This story is provided in two languages Bahasa and English. The story in Bahasa is provided first and the story in English follows.




Ibu Bunbundoolooey meletakan anaknya, seorang anak kecil baru bisa merangkak ke dalam goolay. Goolay adalah tempat menggendong bayi yang berbentuk jari yang diletakan dipunggung. Alat ini biasa digunakan oleh perempuan berkulit hitam ntuk menggendong bayinya ataupun juga untuk menggendong barang lainnya. Bunbundoolooey, sang merpati, meletakan goolaynya di punggung dan mulai berburu.
Ketika dia telah terbang kesana-kemari, dia pun hinggap di rerumpunan bunnia atau kumpulan akar pohon.  Dari salah satu akar pohon ini, dia dapat melihat euloomarah atau makanan berukuran besar, yang pastinya sangat enak untuk di makan. Dia pun mengambil beberapa dengan cara menggalinya dengan batang ubi rambat. Dia menggali di sekitar akar pohon untuk mendapatkan lebih banyak.  Dia pun pergi dari akar ke akar untuk mendapatkan lebih banyak lagi grub atau makanan. DIa mungkin telah mengumpulkan semua grub yang ada, kemudian dia menurunkan goolaynya dan pergi lebig jauh untuk menemukan lebih banyak grub.
Ketika sang ibu telah pergi jauh, birrablee, sang anak terbangun dari dalam goolay. Dia merangkak keluar dari goolay. Pertama-tama ia memang hanya bisa merangkak keluar. Namun, dia tumbuh menjadi lebih kuatdan dia dapat bertahan hidup sendiri. Hari demi hari, dia tumbuh menjadi lebih kuat dan  dia pun belajar berjalan sendiri. Semakin hari semakin kuat, dia pun ahirnya bisa berlari. Pertumbuhannya tidak berhenti di sini saja, dia pun berubah menjadi anak lelaki dan kemudian berubah menjadi seorang lelaki. Ibunya, tidak pernah tahu jika birrahlee telah berubah menjadi seorang lelaki.
Nun jauh disana, pada suatu hari. Bunbundooloory, tiba-tiba saja ingat bahwa ia telah meninggalkan bayinya begitu saja di dalam gooley di tengah hutan.
“Oh” jeritnya “Aku lupa dengan birrahleeku. Aku meninggalkan birrablee ke negri yang jauh. Oh kasihan sekali anakku. Aku melupakanmu. Gila sekali diriku sampai bisa meninggalkanmu. Birrahleku!Birrahleku!.
Sang ibu-pun memutuskan untuk kembali ke tempat dimana ia meninggalkan anaknya yaitu di hutan Dunnia. Dia pergi secepat yang di mampu. Ketika dia sampai di temapat dimana ia meninggalkan birrable bayinya, dia melihat jejak dari birrablee tersebut. Pertama-tama jejak merangkak, kemudian bersiri, kemudian berjalan, dan akhirnya berlari. Semakin dia mengikuti jejaknya, semakin besar jejaknya dia lihat, sampai dia melihat jejak dari seorang lelaki. Dia mengikuti jejak itu sampai dia menemukan sebuah kamp. Taka da seorangpun di kamp tersebut, tetapi ada nyala api disana, jadi dia memutuskan untuk menunggu, dan ketika melihat sekitar dia melihat anaknya membuat banyak senjata dan mantel dari tupai yang ia warnai cerah dibagian dalamnya.
Kemudian, dia melihat seorang lelaki mendatangi kamp dan dia tahu kalau itu adalah birrable yang telah tumbuh menjadi seorang lelaki dewasa. Ketika lelaki itu semakin mendekati kamp, sang ibu berlari ke arahnya dan berkata
“Bunbundoolooey, aku ibumu. Ibu yang melupakanmu dan meninggalkanmu. Tetapi sekarang, aku datang kesini untuk menemuimu, anakku. Perjalan yang jauh, aku lelah. Tetapi setelah melihat engkau telah menjadi seorang lelaki dewasa, ibumu ini tak lagi merasakan kelelahan, kecuali rasa bangga di hati. Aku pun dapat bernyai dengan keras Ah, Bunbundoolooey, anakku!Bunbundoolooey, anakku! Dan dia lari dengan lengan terbuka untukmenyambutnya.
Raut muka Bunbundooley terlihat masam dan taka da sepatah katapun keluar dari mulutnya. Dia berhenti berjalan, dan mengambil sebuah batu besar. Dia pun melemparbatu itu kearah ibunnya dan dan mengenainnya. Sang ibu pun terjatuh ke tanah dan meninggal.
Kemudian dengan santainya, Bunbundooley melangkah ke kampnya.
 


The original story is taken from here!


THE mother Bunbundoolooey put her child, a little boy Bunbundoolooey, who could only just crawl, into her goolay. Goolay is a sort of small netted hammock, slung by black women on their backs, in which they carry their babies and goods in general. Bunbundoolooey, the pigeon, put her goolay across her back, and started out hunting.

When she had gone some distance she came to a clump of bunnia or wattle trees. At the foot of one of these she saw some large euloomarah or grubs, which were good to cat. She picked some up, and dug with her yam stick round the roots of the tree to get more. She went from tree to tree, getting grubs at every one. That she might gather them all, she put down her goolay, and hunted further round.

Soon in the excitement of her search, she forgot the goolay with the child in it, and wandered away. Further and further she went from the Dunnia clump, never once thinking of her poor birrahlee, or baby. On and still on she went, until at length she reached a far country.

The birrablee woke up, and crawled out of the goolay. First he only crawled about, but soon he grew stronger, and raised himself, and stood by a tree. Then day by day he grew stronger and walked alone, and stronger still he grew, and could run. Then he grew on into a big boy, and then into a man, and his mother he never saw while he was growing from birrahlee to man.

But in the far country at length one day Bunbundoolooey, the mother, remembered the birrablee she had left.

"Oh," she cried, "I forgot my birrahlee. I left my birrablee where the Dunnias grow in a far country. I must go to my birrahlee. My poor birrahlee! I forgot it. Mad must I have been when I forgot him. My birrahlee! My birrahlee!"

And away went the mother as fast as she could travel back to the Dunnia clump in the far country. When she reached the spot she saw the tracks of her birrablee, first crawling, then standing, then walking, and then running. Bigger and bigger were the tracks she followed, until she saw they were the tracks of a man. She followed them until she reached a camp. No one was in the camp, but a fire was there, so she waited, and while waiting looked round. She saw her son had made himself many weapons, and many opossum rugs, which he had painted gaily inside.

Then at last she saw a man coming towards the camp, and she knew he was her birrahlee, grown into a man. As he drew near she ran out to meet him, saying:

"Bunbundoolooey, I am your mother. The mother who forgot you as a birrahlee, and left you. But now I have come to find you, my son. Long was the journey, my son, and your mother was weary, but now that she sees once more her birrahlee, who has grown into a man, she is no longer weary, but glad is her heart, and loud could she sing in her joy. Ah, Bunbundoolooey, my son! Bunbundoolooey, my son!"

And she ran forward with her arms out, as if to embrace him.

But stern was the face of Bunbundoolooey, the son, and no answer did he make with his tongue. But he stooped to the ground and picked therefrom a big stone. This swiftly he threw at his mother, hitting her with such force that she fell dead to the earth.

Then on strode Bunbundoolooey to his camp.
 

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