Surabaya is one of the most crowded in Indonesia after Jakarta has a legend that should be known. The legend is as follows.
They were actually friends. However, when they were hungry, they were very greedy. They did not want to share their food. They would fight just because of scrambling for prey. Both of them were strong, skillful, clever, ferocious, and gluttonous. They had fought many times and never stop fighting until one of them gave up.
“Yummy, this is my lunch,” said Baya.
“No way! This is my midday meal. You are greedy! I had not eaten for two days!” said Sura in high tempered.
Then they fought again for a goat. After fighting several hours, they were very tired. Feeling tired of fighting Sura had a plan to stop their bad behavior.
“I’m tired of fighting, Baya,” said Sura.
“Me too. So what should we do to stop fighting? Do you have any idea?” asked Baya.
“Yes, I do. Let’s share our territory. I live in the water, so I look for food in the water. And you live on the land, right? So, you look for the food also on the land. The border is the sandy shore, so we will never meet again. Do you agree of my idea?” asked Sura.
“Hmm… let me think about it. OK, I agree. From today, I will never go to the sea again. My place is on the land, and you will never go to the land. Your place is in the water.” said Baya.
“Okay, I agree.” Replied Sura.
Then they both lived in the different places. Sura dwelled in the sea and Baya dwelled on the land. They wished they would never meet again.
However, one day, Sura went to the land and looked for some food in the river. He was very hungry and there was not much food in the sea. When Baya looked at him, he was very angry because he thought that Sura broke the promise.
“Hey, what are you doing here? This is my place. Your place is in the sea!”
“But, there is water in the river, right? So, this is also my place!” argued Sura.
Then Sura and Baya fought again. They both hit each other. Sura bite Baya’s tail. Baya did the same thing to Sura. He bit very hard until Sura finally gave up. He went back to the sea. Baya was very happy. He had his place again.
The place where they were fighting was a mess. There was Blood everywhere. People then always talked about the fight between Sura and Baya. They then named the place of the fight as Surabaya, it’s the combination from “Sura” the shark and “Baya” the crocodile. People also put their war as the symbol of Surabaya city.None found.