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Why Dog and Cat are Enemy || Kenapa Kucing dan Anjing Bermusuhan || Cerita Rakyat Cina



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

Cerita Rakyat

         Pada jaman dahulu kala hiduplah seorang pria dengan istrinya dan mereka mempunya sebuah cincin emas. Cincin tersebut merupakan cincin keberuntungan dan siapa pun yang memilikinya maka hidupnya tidak akan pernah kekurangan. Malangnya, mereka tidak tahu akan hal itu, merekapun menjual cincin itu untuk mendapatkan uang. 

          Segera setelah menjual cincin itu, mereka pun bertambah miskin dan miskin hingga ahirnya mereka tidak tahu apa yang harus dimakan untuk hari esok. Mereka memelihara seekor kucing dan seekor anjing dan mereka juga sama laparnya seperti tuannya. Kemudia, kedua hewan peliharaan tersebut berunding untuk menemukan cara agar majikannya tersebut dapat kembali memiliki kehidupannya seperti semula. Ketika sedang berunding, tiba tiba Anjing memiliki ide.

“Mereka harus mendapatkan cincinya kembali” katanya kepada kucing

Si Kucing pun menjawab “Cincin itu telah di kunci di dalam peti, dimana tidak mungkin untuk didapatkan kembali”

“Kau harus menangkap tikus” kata anjing tersebut.” Tikus tersebut dapat membuat lubang di dalam peti dan mengambil cincin tersebut dari dalam peti. Jika si tikus itu tidak mau ancam dia, katakana kalau kau akan mengigitnya sampai mati, dan kau akan lihat dia akan meuruti perintahmu”

           Saran itu membuat sang kucing gembira, dan ia menangkap si tikus. Kemudian Tikus pun ingin melihat rumah dimana peti penyimpan cincin itu berada, sedangkan sang Anjing mengikuti dari belakang. Kemudian mereka pun berjalan menuju rumah tersebut. Di perjalanan mereka harus menyebrangi sungai yang luas. Karena kucing tidak bisa berenang, maka anjing menolongnya dan juga menolong tikus untuk menyebrang. 

        Setelah berhasil menyebrang, sang kucing pun menunjukan rumah dimana peti itu berada. Sesampainya di tempat dimana peti itu disimpan, tikus pun langsung membuat lubang dipeti tersebut dan mengambil cincin yang ada di dalamnya.

             Setelah berhasil, ia pun meletakan cincin tersebut dimulutnya dan kembali ke sungai dimana sang anjing telah menanti untuk menolongnya menyebrang. Kemudian mereka bersama-sama berjalan menuju rumah majikan untuk memberikan cincin keberuntungannya. Diperjalanan, mereka bertemu dengan banyak rumah penduduk. Karena sang kucing pandai memanjat atap rumah, maka ia lebih dahulu sampai di rumah majikannya dibandingkan dengan sang anjing yang harus berjalan melalui tanah karena tidak pandai memanjat.

            Sesampainya di rumah, kucing tersebut memberikan cincinnya kepada sang majikan. Sang majikan pun berkata “ Sungguh binatang yang sangat baik kucing ini” Kita berjanji untuk selalu memberi mu cukup perhatian dan makan. Kami akan merawatmu layaknya anak kami sendiri”

                 Tetapi ketika sang anjing tiba di rumah, sang majikan memukul dan mengomelinya, karena sang majikan mengganggap anjing tersebut tidak berbuat apa apa untuk mengambil cincin tersebut. Sang kucing yang tahu hal sesungguhnya pun hanya dia di dekat perapian, meringkuk dan tidak berusaha untuk menjelaskan apappun.

                  Anjing pun murka dengan sang kucing karena berusaha untuk berbuat licik. Ketika ia melihat sang kucing, maka ia akan selalu mengejarnya dan berusaha untuk menghajarnya.
Sejak saat itu, kucing dan anjing pun bermusuhan

The original English version is taken from || Cerita asli berbahasa Inggris diambil dari here!

             Once upon a time there was a man and his wife and they had a ring of gold. It was a lucky ring, and whoever owned it always had enough to live on. But this they did not know, and hence sold the ring for a small sum. But no sooner was the ring gone than they began to grow poorer and poorer, and at last did not know when they would get their next meal. They had a dog and a cat, and these had to go hungry as well. Then the two animals took counsel together as to how they might restore to their owners their former good fortune. At length the dog hit upon an idea.

“They must have the ring back again,” he said to the cat.

The cat answered: “The ring has been carefully locked up in the chest, where no one can get at it.”

“You must catch a mouse,” said the dog, “and the mouse must gnaw a hole in the chest and fetch out the ring. And if she does not want to, say that you will bite her to death, and you will see that she will do it.”

             This advice pleased the cat, and she caught a mouse. Then she wanted to go to the house in which stood the chest, and the dog came after. They came to a broad river. And since the cat could not swim, the dog took her on his back and swam across with her. Then the cat carried the mouse to the house in which the chest stood. The mouse gnawed a hole in the chest, and fetched out the ring. The cat put the ring in her mouth and went back to the river, where the dog was waiting for her, and swam across with her. 

             Then they started out together for home, in order to bring the lucky ring to their master and mistress. But the dog could only run along the ground; when there was a house in the way he always had to go around it. The cat, however, quickly climbed over the roof, and so she reached home long before the dog, and brought the ring to her master.

             Then her master said to his wife: “What a good creature the cat is! We will always give her enough to eat and care for her as though she were our own child!”

                 But when the dog came home they beat him and scolded him, because he had not helped to bring home the ring again. And the cat sat by the fireplace, purred and said never a word. Then the dog grew angry at the cat, because she had robbed him of his reward, and when he saw her he chased her and tried to seize her.

                And ever since that day cat and dog are enemies.

Note: “Why Dog and Cat are Enemies.” This fairy-tale is given in the current popular version.

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