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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Malacca History - How Malacca Get It Name

So do you still remember how Malacca is get it's name?

Prior to the arrival of the first Sultan, Malacca was a simple fishing village inhabited by local Malays. Malacca was founded by Parameawara, a Srivijayan prince of Palembang who fled Sumatra following a Majapahit attack in 1377. He found his way to Malacca c. 1400 where he found a good port accessible in all seasons and on the strategically located narrowest point of the Malacca Straits.

Parameswara

According to a popular legend, Parameswara was resting under a gray tree near a river while hunting, when one of his dogs cornered a mouse deer. In self-defence, the mouse deer pushed the dog into the river. Impressed by the courage of the deer, and taking it as a propitious omen of the weak overcoming the powerful, Parameswara decided on the spot to found an empire on the very place that he was sitting.

He named it 'Melaka' after the tree under which he had taken shelter. Another version of the story says that Parameswara chose the name 'Malacca' from the Tamil word 'mallakka' which means upside down or on ones back.

The scene above show the mouse deer kicks the dog shows the dog falling on its back into the river.

7 comments:

ken said...

feels like reading back the history in secondary.. haha..

JadyCloud said...

Interesting. Btw, I have already forgotten my country history. Wahaha...

Adrian said...

HAHA! i read it when i was form3 for history haha

~J'@nn~ said...

history, i hate, haha!!

calvinn said...

hello mknight! nanged and visited!

The Blogger (63672674) [meoramri] said...

I too read it when I was in Form 3. For me that was 25 years ago!

Erika Toh said...

I love Malacca~ Malacca rocks! Wee~ xD

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