Of Dragons and Mountains of Gunong Pondok

Dragons and mountains are generally connected in Malay ideas. The caves in the limestone hill Gunong Pondok, in Perak, are said to be haunted by a genius loci in the form of a snake who is popularly called Si Bujang. This seems to prove beyond doubt the identity of bujang with bhujangga? The snakespirit of Gunong Pondok is sometimes as small as a viper, and sometimes as large as a python, but he may always be identified by his spotted neck, which resembles that of a wood-pigeon (tekukur}. Landslips on the mountains, which are tolerably frequent during very heavy rains, and which, being produced by the same cause, are often simultaneous with the flooding of rivers and the destruction of property, are attributed by the natives to the sudden breaking forth of dragons (naga), which have been performing religious penance (ber-tapa) in the mountains, and which are making their way to the sea

One thought on “Of Dragons and Mountains of Gunong Pondok

  1. Thanks for the nice intro into Malay imaging. The ancient connection between Mountain and Dragon; the home and its inhabitant, appears in many cultures, myths and stories.

    Very nice.

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