This is our translation of a legend from the Jambi Province.

The Magic Stone

From the Village of Kedotan

Cannon Named "Raden Panjang"Located at the front of the yard at elementary school #119 (SD N 119).

Cannon Named “Raden Panjang”
Located at the front of the yard of elementary school #119 (SD N 119).
The magic stone was said to be taken from this cannon.

The Village of Kedotan has a number of interesting legends that outsiders find interesting. One such story is that of the stone that was found in the cannon called “Raden Panjang.”

This story is quite recent, having said to have taken place in 1994. The story was rehearsed to us by a group of teachers from the National Elementary School #119 (SD N 119). The teachers and others in the village very adamantly believe this story to be true.

The story went like this:

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We saw this 3 foot + lizard in the swamp next to the Village of Niaso.

Date of Picture: March 16, 2013

We took this picture on March 16, 2013.

We took this picture on March 16, 2013.

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We saw this 2 foot+ lizard along the Batanghari River next to Ancol / Tanggo Rajo.

Date of Pictures: March 13, 2013

Lizard we saw along the Batanghari River.

Lizard we saw along the Batanghari River.

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Sacred Graves

(Makam Keramat)

The Sacred Grave of Panglima Hitam (wife)

The Sacred Grave of Panglima Hitam
(The wife of Panglima Kuning.)


There are two sacred graves in the Village of Kubu Kandang which the local people say have provided great blessings to the people that pray there. The information we received about these two graves came from Pak (Mr.) Turamli (83 yrs), whose home is the closest to the graves.

Pak Turamli said that people pray for every type of imaginable blessing at those graves. People frequently come to these graves, and after prayer, release a chicken (ayam lepas) as an offering to the spirit of the deceased. Pak Turamli told us that eventually he and his family will eat that chicken.

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This is our translation of a legend from the Jambi Province.

Raden Panjang

““““The Name of the Dutch Cannon Located in the Village of Kedotan

Dutch Cannon

Dutch Cannon
Currently on display in the front yard of SD N 119 (Elementary School #119)

The Village of Kedotan proudly displays a cannon which dates back to the Dutch occupation of Jambi.

This cannon is currently located in the front yard of Elementary School #119 (SD Negeri 119 / IX).

From interviews with people in the village, and teachers at the elementary school, no information about the cannon’s origin, nor a date for when it was brought to the village could be determined. We did, however, find one elderly man, Pak (Mr.) Abdullah, who told us the following story (legend) about the cannon’s origin:

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The Magic Sword

From the Village of Kedotan

Pak (Mr.) Abdulah, showing Chet his magic sword.

Pak (Mr.) Abdulah, showing Chet his magic sword.

The Village of Kedotan has many fascinating stories and things to see. One such object of interest is the magic sword owned by Pak (Mr.) Abdullah (60 years old).

Pak Abdullah said that his sword has been handed down through his family for multiple generations. He didn’t know the exact date when the sword was made, he could only say that it was from the Dutch era. He also informed us that it was used during battles with the Dutch, and he claims you can still see blood on the blade from when his ancestors used it to kill Dutch soldiers.

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This is our translation of a legend from the Jambi Province.

Sacred Grave of Moyang Suduto

Chet & Pak (Mr.) Paipai in front of the grave of Moyang Suduto.

Chet & Pak (Mr.) Ripai standing in front of the grave of Moyang Suduto.

In the Jambi Province  Village of Kedotan there is a sacred grave (makam keramat) of the person named Moyang Suduto.* The grave has neither headstone nor indication of the deceased’s birth or death. Villagers assume this person lived several hundred years ago.

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