THE LEGEND OF TOBA LAKE
Once upon a
time, there was a man who was living in north Sumatra. He lived in a
simple hut in a farming field. The did some gardening and fishing for
his daily life.
while the man was do fishing, he caught a big golden fish in his trap.
It was the biggest catch which he ever had in his life. Surprisingly,
this fish turned into a beautiful princess. He felt in love with her and
proposed her to be his wife. She said; "Yes, but you have to promise
not to tell anyone about the secret that I was once a fish, otherwise
there will be a huge disaster". The man made the deal and they got
married, lived happily and had a daughter.
later, this daughter would help bringing lunch to her father out in the
fields. One day, his daughter was so hungry and she ate his father’s
lunch. Unfortunately, he found out and got furious, and shouted; “You
damned daughter of a fish”. The daughter ran home and asked her mother.
The mother started crying, felt sad that her husband had broke his
told her daughter to run up the hills because a huge disaster was about
to come. When her daughter left, she prayed. Soon there was a big
earthquake followed by non-stop pouring rain. The whole area got flooded
and became Toba Lake. She turned into a fish again and the man became
the island of Samosir.