Borneo Legends & Myths
THE GIRL WHO LONGED TO SEE THE MOON
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So, when the moon appeared
sky she sat near the window watching
Once upon a time there were six boys and one girl living in a small hut in the jungle.
There parents died when the youngest child, the girl, was only eight years old. So the
eldest son had to look after the family. The girl was the cutest and sweetest of all. She
grew prettier and prettier every day. After some years all the boys grew up into young men
while the girl grew into a beautiful young lady. The name of the young lady was
One day the six brothers went out to hunt for wild animals in the jungle. While
Runduk-Tadau was preparing their meal, a young and handsome man came to their simple hut.
Runduk-Tadau gazed at the stranger for some time and started to run, but the man stopped
her. Her told her that he wanted to marry her. Runduk-Tadau thought for a while and then
she agreed. They talked and talked, and then the man went home. When her brothers came
back she did not tell them anything about the man.
Every day when the six young men went out, the stranger came to their hut. Then one day
the man invited Runduk-Tadau to visit his house. She agreed and told her brothers that she
was going somewhere. The brothers did not say much because they thought that she was tired
of being in the house and wanted to see the scenery outside. The man waited for her
outside the house. So, after getting permission from her brothers she went to meet him.
They went on their way until at last the reached a stair-like tree. They began to climb
the tree, but unfortunately the tree was so slippery that Runduk-Tadau fell down. She
fainted, and when she came to her sense she saw that the man had disappeared. From that
day on she never saw him again.
Later she learnt from a dream that the man whom she had agreed to marry on the first day
she met him, was the moon. It had changed itself to a young gentleman. She was very sad
without seeing the man. So, when the moon appeared in the sky she sat near the window
watching it longingly.
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