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The Lion and The Beetle || Singa dan Kumbang || American Folklore



The story is told in two language Bahasa Indonesia and English. The story in Bahasa is told first, and The story in English follows.
Cerita Rakyat
      Singa sangat bangga dan sombong. Dia suka mengentakan kakiknya di padang Savana. Ia juga gemar memaerkan aumannya ketika ia melihat binatang buruannya seperti jerapah, hyena, gajah , rusa ataupun kera. Ia mengaum untuk menunjukan betapa hebatnya dia.

   “Aku adalah raja hutan yang hebat” aum sang singa. Dan semua binatang yang mendengar aumannya langsung menunduk hormat kepadanya.

      Pada suatu hari, Sang Singa sedang berada si sebuah sunagi. Ia pun lalu melihat kedalam air sungai yang mengalir jernih tersebut.  Dia pu dapat melihat dirinya di aliran air itu. Dia sangat mengagumi kehebatan dirinya seperti yang tercermin di air sungai. 

“Betapa indah dan terhormatnya diriku ini”pkirnya.

“Aku raja yang sangat hebat” aumnya “Aku raja yang sangat hebat"

       Sang Singa pun bersolek, berlaga, dan berjingkrak di atas aliran sungai tersebut selama berjam-jam mengagumi dirinya sendiri. Akhirnya, sang Singa berkata “ Aku kan menunjukan kepada anak buahku bahwa pemimpinnya ini memang terlahir sebagai raja”

      Singa pun lalu mengenakan Jubahnya yang mahal, makhota bertahta berlian, dan semua perhiasa emas dan peraknya. Jubahnya sebenarnya terasa berat, tetapi jubbah itu membuat sang Singa terlihat gagah dan hebat.

“Aku raja yang sangat hebat” aumnya ‘Aku raja yang sangat hebat”

       Kemudian sang Singa mengirimkan pesan Ke suma binatang- ke jerapah , hyena, gajah, rusa, dank era. Dia juga mengirimkan pesan ke pada binatang yang tinggal di seluruh gurun Savana dan hutan. Sang Singa mengundang mereka untuk berkumpul di arena pertunjukan dimana semua binatang dapat melihat melihat kegagahannya.

        Dan berkumpulah semua binatag di tempat tersebut. Jerapah, hyena, gajah, rusa, kera dan semua binatang datang untuk memenuhi undangan sang singa. Mulai dari zebra dengan jasnya yang berwarna hitam-putih sampai kumbang yang berukuran kecil pun ikut datang. Karena ukurannya yang kecil, kumbang pun harus berjalan di pinggiran jalan untuk menghindari dari injkan binatang lainnya.

     “Aku kecil, aku mungil. Orang merunduk tetapi tak bisa melihatku” nyanyi sang kumbang ketika ia berjalan melalui rerumputan di pinggir jalan. “Aku kecil, aku mungil tetapi sesungguhnya aku tinggi seperti pohon!”

      Ketika semua binatang berkumpul di arena pertunjukan, terdengarlah suara terompet yang keras dari belalai gajah, dan sang singa pun melangkah dengan gagahnya ke depan.

“Aku raja yang sangat hebat” aumnya “Aku raja yang sangat hebat.”

      Kemudian dengan tatapanya yang tajam, sang Singa melihat seekor lebah berdiri sendiri di pinggiran jalan. Si Kumbang bernyayi sendiri ketika ia melihat sang Singa. “Aku kecil, Aku Mungil, Orang merunduk dan mereka tak melihatku” sang kumbang terus bernyayi di saat sang Singa sedang memamerkan kekuatannya. “Aku kecil, Aku Mungil tetapi aku besar seperti pohon”.

        Sang Singa pun marah melihat apa yang dilakukan sang kumbang. Ia pun berkat “Kau, kumbang. Sujud di hadapanku”

       Sang kumbang berkata “Yang mulia, Aku taju aku kecil, tetapi jika kau melihat ku dengan seksama aku sebenarnya tengah membri sujud kepadamu”

      Sang Singa berkata “Hai Kumbang, kau tak terlihat jelas dari sini. Aku ragu kalau kau tengah bersujud kepadaku”

    Sang Kumbang berkata “Lihatlah lebih dekat. Aku benar-benar tengah bersujud kepadamu”

     Sang Singa pun merundukan kepalanya untuk melihat sang kumbang dengan jelas. Karena sang singa memakai jubbah yang berat dan juga mahkota yang tak ringan, maka ketka ia merunduk, bagian atanya membuat tubuhnya begoyang dan kehilangan ke seimbangan. Tubuh sang singa bergoyang ke kiri dank e kanan sebelum ahirnya ia jatuh terjerembab dan menggelinding ke kubangan lumpur. Tubuh sang Singa pun kini di penuhi lumpur hitam.

    Melihat hal tersebut, semua binatang tertawa terbahak-bahak. Sedangkan sang kumbang ketakutan, ia pun lari terbirit-birit. Di kubangan lumpur, sang Singa yang merasa malu pun juga lari terbirit-birit. Sang singa ternyata tidak begitu hebat seperti apa yang ia gemborkan selama ini.

Cerita ini di ceritakan oleh S.E. Schlosser


Lion was very proud and very vain.  He loved to stomp around the savannah, roaring and growling whenever he saw his animal subjects - Giraffe or Hyena or Elephant or Gazelle or Ape - to show what a mighty Lion he was. 
"I am a Very Mighty King!" he roared.  And his subjects all bowed low before him. 

One day, Lion looked into the mirror-like waters of the lake.  He was struck by his own greatness.  What a beautiful and noble creature I am, he thought. 
"I am a Very Mighty King!" he roared.  "I am a Very Mighty King!" 

Lion preened and posed and pranced in front of the glassy lake for hours, admiring his greatness.  Finally, Lion said:  "I will show my devoted subjects that their leader is every inch a King." 

Lion put on his fancy robes, his jeweled crown, and all his gold and silver medals.  His clothes were very heavy, but they made him look mighty and grand. 

"I am a Very Mighty King!" he roared in delight. "I am a Very Mighty King!"

Lion sent out a message to all his animal subjects - to Giraffe and Hyena and Elephant and Gazelle and Ape.  He sent messages to all the animals living on the savannah or in the junge, inviting them to a meeting on the parade grounds in front of his palace, where they could admire him in his finery. 

And so the animals came to see Lion; the Giraffe and the Hyena and the Elephant and the Gazelle and the Ape.  And many more animals came as well; from the stately Zebra in his black-and-white coat to the teeny, tiny Beetle, who was so little that he had to walk on the side fo the road so the bigger anmals would not step on him by accidents. 

"I am small.  I am little.  People look down and can't see me," sang the Beetle as he scurried through the tall grass beside the road. "I am small.  I am little.  But inside, I'm tall as a tree!" 

When the animals were assembled on the parade ground, there came a mighty trumpet blast from Elephant, and Lion came forth in all his grandeur. 
"I am a Very Mighty King!" he roared. "I am a Very Mighty King!" 

Lion strutted and preened and pranced before his animal subjects.  The animals were awed by his splendor and bowed before him.  Lion stomped through the rows of Elephants and Giraffes and Hyenas and Gazelles, roaring and growling to show how mighty he was. 

"I am a Very Mighty King!" he roared. "I am a Very Mighty King!"

Then Lion saw the teeny tiny Beetle, standing alone by the side of the road.  The Beetle was singing to himself as he watched the Lion.  "I am small. I am little. People look down and can't see me," sang the Beetle as Lion strutted before his subjects. "I am small. I am little. But inside, I'm tall as a tree!"

Lion said to the Beetle:  "You, Beetle, bow before me!" 

Beetle said:  "Your Royal Majesty, I know that I am small, but if you look at me closely, you will see that I am making a bow!" 

Lion replied:  "Beetle, you are hard to see down there!  I am not sure that you are bowing to me." 

Beetle said:  "Look at me closely.  I assure you that I am bowing." 

Lion leaned over, peering down at the teeny tiny Beetle.  His splendid robes, his jeweled crown and his many medals made him so top-heavy that Lion wobbled and swayed as he loomed over the teeny tiny Beetle.  Then Lion lost his balance and fell onto his head!  His royal crown went flying off, and Lion rolled over and over, down the steep hill, and plopped into a ditch filled with muddy water. 

All the animals laughed and laughed when they saw the muddy Lion sprawled in the ditch.  Frightened, the teeny tiny Beetle scurried away.  And the bedraggled Lion scurried away too.  He was not so very mighty, after all.
  The original story written in English is taken from here!


Comments

  1. *noted
    bisa dipakai cerita buat Raffi nanti

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  2. Wah..betul, cocok buat anak kecil. Banyak Pesan moralnya

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