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Chinese Folklore : Women's Word is Part Flesh and Blood || Cerita Rakyat Cina : Perkataan Wanita Bisa Saja Salah

Cerita Rakyat Cina. This story is written in two languages Bahasa Indonesia and English. The story in Bahasa is provided first and the story in English follows. 
Cerita di bawah ini ditulis dalam dua bahasa yaitu bahasa Indonesia dan Bahasa Inggris. Cerita dalam Bahasa Indonesia disajikan terlebih dahulu, cerita dalam Bahasa Inggris setelahnya.


Tanaman Millet
          Pada dahulu kala terdapat dua kakak-beradik yang  tinggal  di rumah yang sama. Dan sang kakak selalu mendengarkan kata-kata istri-nya dan karenya hal ini menimbulkan ketidaksukaan terhadap sang adik. Musim panas telah tiba, musim untuk menanam miletpun juga telah tiba.Pada saat itu, sang adik tidak mempunyai benih milet. Ia pun meminta beberapa benih milet kepada sang kakak, dan sang kakak lantas memerintahkan istrinya untuk memberikan beberapa benih milet kepada sang adik

       Setelah mengambil beberapa benih padi, sang istri bukannya memberikannya kepada sang adik dia lantas memasukannya kedalam panci besar dan memasaknya hingga matang. Setelah benih milet itu matang, barulah sang istri memberikannya kepada sang adik. Sang adik yang tak tahu apa-apa pun lalu menerima begitu saja benih milet yang sudah matang tersebut dan menanamnya. Alhasil, benih itu pun tidak tumbuh. Beruntungnya, ada salah satu benih milet di antaranya yang tidak termasak. Dan satu benih padi itulah yang berhasil tumbuh.

       Sang adik adalah seorang yang terlahir sebagai pekerja keras dan tekun. Dan karenanya, ia setiap hari merawat dan menyirami satu satunya benih milet yang tumbuh tersebut. Benih itu pun tumbuh dengan ajaib. Benih itu tumbuh lataknya sebatang pohon, dan cabang cabang tanaman itu merimbun dan membentuk rimbunan layaknya sebuah tenda besar. Cukup besar untuk menaungi sebidang tanah lebar di bawahnya. 

       Di musim gugur, biji milet pun masak. Kemudian sang adik mengambil kapak dan memotong dahan dari pohon milet itu. Tetapi sesaat setelah dahan itu jatuh ke tanah, seeokor burung rock yang besar muncul. Mengambil dahan milet itu dan terbang menghilang. Sang adik pun mengejar burung tersebut hingga ke tepi pantai.

       Sesampainya di pantai, burung tersebut berbalik arah dan berbicara kepada sang adik layaknya manusia.  “Kau seharusnya tidak usah mengejarku. Apalah artinya sebatang milet ini untuk mu?” Sebelah timur pantai ini adalah pulau yang dipenuhi dengan emas dan perak. Aku akan menyebrangkanmu. Disana kau bisa mengambil apapun yang kau mau dank au bisa kaya.”

      
Roc Bird
Sang adik pun senang dan puas mendengar apa yang dikatakan oleh burung Roc tersebut, diapun lantas menaiki punggu sang burung, kemudian sang burung meminta sang adik untuk menutup matanya. Setelah menutup matanya, sang adik hanya dapat mendengar hembusan angina yang melalui telingannya, Sang adik merasakan dirinya seolah-olah sedang menaiki angin yang besar dan dibawahnya adalah deru dan gelombang laut yang besar. Tiba-tiba sang burung bertengger pada sebuah batu. 
“Baiklah, kita telah sampai” Kata sang burung

       Kemudian sang adik membuka matanya dan melihat sekitar. Dia tidak melihat apapun kecuali sinar dan kilauan benda berwarna putih dan kuning. Dia meraup benda itu dan meletakkannya di balik baju di dadanya. 

“Sudah cukup?” Tanya sang burung

“”Ya, aku rasa sudah cukup” Jawab sang adik

“Baiklah” Jawab sang aburung “Sikap tidak berlebih dapat menjauhkan kita dari bahaya”

Kemudian sang burung memerintahkan sang adik kembali untuk menaiki punggungnya. Sesampainya di rumah, sang adik pun membeli sebidang tanah ang subur dan mengolahnya dengan baik. Melihat itu, sang kakak pun merasa iri hati.
Sang kakak-pun berkat “Dari mana kau mencuri uang untu membeli semua ini”
Kemudian sang adik menceritakan apa yang terjadi. Mendengar semua itu, sang kakak pun bergegas pulang dan berunding dengan istrinya. 

“Gampang saja” jawab istrinya “Kita cuma perlu masak biji millet dan memastikannya ada satu biji yang tidak termasak. Setelah itu, kita tanam biji tersebut dan kita lihat apa yang terjadi”

       Tak lama setelah itu, sang kakak pun melakukan apa yang dikatakan istrinya. Hal yang sam pun terjadi dengan sang kakak. Benih itu tumbuh. Dan saat musim panen tiba, burung rock pu datang dan mengambil tangkai biji millet yang telah masak. Melihat itu, sang kakak pun merasa senang. Ia pun mengejar sang burung. Sang burung pun melakukan hal yang sama kepada sang kakak. Ia memawanya ke pulau timur dan memerintahkan sang kakak menutup matanya. 

       Sesampainya di pulau tersebut sang kakak membuka matanya, dan dia melihat bongkahan emas dan perak. Bongkahan paling besar menyerupai sebuah bukit, yang lebih kecil menyerupai sebuah bata dan yang paling kecil layaknya hamparan pasir. Sang kakak dibutakan olehnya. Sang kakak pun menyesal karena dia tidak mungkin dapat membawa bongkahan terbesar yang menyerupai sebuah bukit itu. Kemudia dia pun merunduk dan mengambil emas sebanyak yang ia mampu.

Burung Roc pun berkata “ Sudah cukup, kau hanya akan membebani dirimu saja”

“Sabar, sedikit lagi” Jawab sang kakak “Jangan buru-buru! Aku butuh beberapa lagi”

Waktupun berlalu

Burung Roc pun menyuruh sang Kakak untuk bergegas. 

“Matahari akan terbit sebentar lagi” katanya “ Dan sinarnya sangat panas, dia dapat membakar manusia”

“Tunggu sebentar lagi” kata sang kakak. 

       Tetapi tak lama setelah itu, bayangan bundar berwarna kemerahan muncul dari dari awan dan mengeluarkan kekuatannya. Burung Rock pun kemudia mengepakan sayapnya dan menceburkan dirinya ke air laut demi menghindari panasnya matahari. Malangnya, sang kakak tidak mampu menghindar dan terbakar oleh sinar matahari tersebut.

Note: Cerita ini diceritakan secara turun temurun di Cina. Burung roc memiliki nama panggilan lain di Cina yaitu ‘Pong” dan di dalam cerita diebutkan bahwa pulau harta karun itu dipenuhi benda berwana keemasan dan putih oleh sang adik karena sang adik tidak tahu bahwa itu adalam emas dan perak.



The Original English Version is taken from || Cerita Asli Berbahasa Inggris disadur dari here!



Once upon a time there were two brothers, who lived in the same house. And the big brother listened to his wife’s words, and because of them fell out with the little one. Summer had begun, and the time for sowing the high-growing millet had come. The little brother had no grain, and asked the big one to loan him some, and the big one ordered his wife to give it to him. But she took the grain, put it in a large pot and cooked it until it was done.
Then she gave it to the little fellow. He knew nothing about it, and went and sowed his field with it. Yet, since the grain had been cooked, it did not sprout. Only a single grain of seed had not been cooked; so only a single sprout shot up. T
he little brother was hard-working and industrious by nature, and hence he watered and hoed the sprout all day long. And the sprout grew mightily, like a tree, and an ear of millet sprang up out of it like a canopy, large enough to shade half an acre of ground. In the fall the ear was ripe. Then the little brother took his ax and chopped it down. But no sooner had the ear fallen to the ground, than an enormous Roc came rushing down, took the ear in his beak and flew away. The little brother ran after him as far as the shore of the sea.
Then the bird turned and spoke to him like a human being, as follows: “You should not seek to harm me! What is this one ear worth to you? East of the sea is the isle of gold and silver. I will carry you across. There you may take whatever you want, and become very rich.”
The little brother was satisfied, and climbed on the bird’s back, and the latter told him to close his eyes. So he only heard the air whistling past his ears, as though he were driving through a strong wind, and beneath him the roar and surge of flood and waves. Suddenly the bird settled on a rock: “Here we are!” he said.
Then the little brother opened his eyes and looked about him: and on all sides he saw nothing but the radiance and shimmer of all sorts of white and yellow objects. He took about a dozen of the little things and hid them in his breast.
“Have you enough?” asked the Roc.
“Yes, I have enough,” he replied.
“That is well,” answered the bird. “Moderation protects one from harm.”
Then he once more took him up, and carried him back again.
When the little brother reached home, he bought himself a good piece of ground in the course of time, and became quite well to do.
But his brother was jealous of him, and said to him, harshly: “Where did you manage to steal the money?”
So the little one told him the whole truth of the matter. Then the big brother went home and took counsel with his wife.
“Nothing easier,” said his wife. “I will just cook grain again and keep back one seedling so that it is not done. Then you shall sow it, and we will see what happens.”
No sooner said than done. And sure enough, a single sprout shot up, and sure enough, the sprout bore a single ear of millet, and when harvest time came around, the Roc again appeared and carried it off in his beak. The big brother was pleased, and ran after him, and the Roc said the same thing he had said before, and carried the big brother to the island. There the big brother saw the gold and silver heaped up everywhere. The largest pieces were like hills, the small ones were like bricks, and the real tiny ones were like grains of sand. They blinded his eyes. He only regretted that he knew of no way by which he could move mountains. So he bent down and picked up as many pieces as possible.
The Roc said: “Now you have enough. You will overtax your strength.”
“Have patience but a little while longer,” said the big brother. “Do not be in such a hurry! I must get a few more pieces!”
And thus time passed.
The Roc again urged him to make haste: “The sun will appear in a moment,” said he, “and the sun is so hot it burns human beings up.”
“Wait just a little while longer,” said the big brother.
But that very moment a red disk broke through the clouds with tremendous power. The Roc flew into the sea, stretched out both his wings, and beat the water with them in order to escape the heat. But the big brother was shrivelled up by the sun.
Note: This fairy-tale is traditionally narrated. The Roc is called pong in Chinese, and the treasures on the island are spoken of as “all sorts of yellow and white objects” because the little fellow does not know that they are gold and silver.
 

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