Teaching a Bull to Read

Teaching a Bull to Read

Teaching a Bull to Read

Teaching a Bull to Read

        Because of Abunawas’ wits, king Harun often trapped him by giving impossible task. One of the impossible task was Teaching a Bull to Read. He wanted to know whether Abunawas was still really smart by asking him for teaching a bull. (also read : Abunawas and Six Speaking Donkeys)

        So one day, King Harun ordered some of his guards to go to Abunawas’ house for asking him to go to the palace. After arriving at Abunawas’ house, they directly meet him.

        “Abu, you have to go to the palace right now because the king calls you.,” said one of the guard to Abunawas.

        Abunawas could not reject the king’s call so he followed the guards to the palace. When they got in front of the king’s room, other guards accompanied him to see the king in the room. After sitting there for a while he asked, “Excuse me Your Majesty, what should I do for you?”

        “I want for your help, Abu. Everybody knows that you are a very smart man. Therefore, I think you can help me to teach my bull to read. If you can help me, I will give you reward. However, you cannot, I’ll punish you!”   read more

Bull Race or Karapan Sapi from Madura

Bull Race Madura

        Bull Race or Karapan Sapi from Madura. Bull Race or well-known as Karapan Sapi, is a race for a couple of bulls ridden by jockey called “tukang tongko”. The rider stands on what so-called “kaleles”, which then drawn by the bulls. The jockey stands to control the bulls at high speed along the 100 meters of race track for 10 seconds to 1 minute.

     According to the story of Madurese, bull race was started by a muslim scholar named Syeikh Ahmad Baidawi, which was known as Prince Katandur, the son of Prince Pakaos, grandson of Sunan Kudus. it was held in Sepudi Island, Sumenep regency from Sepudi Island, Sumenep regency, in century of 13. The main duty of Prince Katandur was to spread Islam, however, because he was also expert in planting, farming, and gardening so he also taught the local people how to plow the ground (rice field) which called as “nanggala” or “salaga” in which it used two bamboos drawn by two cows. 

       Gradually, many farmers used cows to plow their rice field and at the same time, the farmers made a competition. The competition was about who will finish in plowing the rice field faster. In the end, the competition turned into a kind of racing sport with two bulls called Karapan Sapi. The bull race soon becomes annually activities carried every year, especially when harvest on the fields has finished. read more