Datuk Paduka Berhala


Legendary Figures of Jambi’s Past

We’ve written considerably about Orang Kayo Hitam, as well as the person who is believed by many to have been his father (Datuk Paduka Berhala). While searching the internet we happened upon a blog that had a little more information about those two characters, which proved to be quite interesting. We are very disappointed, however, because we have no way of determining where the blogger obtained their information.

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Jambi’s History is Intermingled with Myths

Most countries have fascinating stories of historical characters which have been amazingly embellished. The USA has the story of George Washington and him cutting down an apple tree. Though that story most probably isn’t true, it has little affect on the foundation and documented history of the USA. The Jambi Province, however, never having documented it’s history until the 1900’s, has many orally transmitted myths (folklore) that have formed its history.

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Datuk Paduka Berhala Myths

A Legendary Figure Who Forms the Basis for Much of Jambi’s History

Headstone of
Datuk Paduka Berhala.
This stone indicates that his original name was
Ahmad Barus II.
The third line down says “Jambi King Years 1460-1907”
(that is 447 years)
The spelling on the stone is in the Jambi dialect.

Knowing there are many thousands of university students in the USA that deeply desire to learn about Jambi and Sumatran history, I decided to aid them by first learning the language(s), then writing many articles that could be used as a source of reference for their studies.

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