OLAC Record

Title:Zapal kura gubul tobok
Kura gubul tobok
Documentation of zapal 'folk stories' in Bunaq, a minority language of West Timor
Contributor (researcher):Antoinette
Contributor (speaker):Yeremias Mali
Description:This zapal tells the story of two siblings who are orphans. The younger child, the sister, becomes separated from her brother and is lost. He goes in search of her, but does not find her and instead comes across a king whose daughter he wishes to marry. The king gives him all sorts of menial tasks for him to complete, until finally he demands a "twin-headed horse" (kura gubul tobok) before the marriage can take place. The brother goes in search of such a horse and in doing so finds not only his horse but also his lost sister. They escape with the horse taking off into the air and ending up in muk pasaq to live happily ever after. Another version under the name Kura gubul hiloqon ("two-headed horse") was collected by Louis Berthe in the 1960s.
Bunaq "zapal" is an endangered form of fairy tale-like folk story traditionally told in the family group at night before going to sleep. With the arrival of electricity and television in Bunaq villages, the traditional night time forum for telling "zapal" has been lost. As a result, children know little or nothing of this aspect of Bunaq culture; only elderly community members and some adults know individual tales from the vast canon of "zapal" that the Bunaq once had. The "zapal" encapsulate and elucidate aspects of the Bunaq world view and their environment. The documentation of "zapal" therefores provide an unique perspective on the traditional livelihoods and beliefs of the Bunaq for researchers.
Bunaq with occasional Indonesian/Malay
Born in Mebupor, lives in Henes.
Living in Kupang, but from Lakmaras village.
Identifier (URI):https://lat1.lis.soas.ac.uk/ds/asv?openpath=MPI1315252%23
Publisher:Antoinette Schapper
Bunak language
Indonesian language
English language
Subject (ISO639):bfn


Archive:  Endangered Languages Archive
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OaiIdentifier:  oai:soas.ac.uk:MPI1315252
DateStamp:  2019-07-26
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Citation: Yeremias Mali (speaker); Wendy; Antoinette (researcher). 2013-03. Antoinette Schapper.
Terms: area_Asia area_Europe country_GB country_ID country_TL iso639_bfn iso639_eng iso639_ind

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Country: United KingdomIndonesiaEast Timor
Area: AsiaEurope

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