Saturday, January 19, 2008

KELINGKING

Alkisah tentang seorang raja perkasa yang hobi berburu. Selagi
berburu, kudanya meringkik sembari mengangkat kaki ke atas. Raja
kaget, lalu terpelanting. Kelingkingnya putus. Raja marah. ''Sudahlah
Paduka. Kalau kena musibah, mbok bersyukur saja,'' ujar seorang
penasihatnya.

Raja bukannya luluh malah tambah murka. Dengan lantang
berteriak : 'Penjarakan penasihat goblok ini!' Para pengawal yang
selalu sendiko dawuh, tabu untuk membantah, melaksanakan perintah
itu. Sang penasihat pun dijebloskan ke bui.

Lima tahun kemudian, kala berburu, raja ini ditangkap suku primitif.
Pria gagah berkulit putih mulus ini akan dipersembahkan pada dewa.
Hanya saja, setelah diteliti, lho, kelingkingnya terpotong. Cacat.
Terpaksa diafkir. Sebagai pengganti, pengawalnya yang tidak cacat
dijadikan korban. Pengawal itu dieksekusi, dan rajanya dipulangkan.

Setelah itu raja menyadari kekhilafannya. Penasihat yang dulu dibui
itu pun dilepaskan. ''Ananda memang harus bersyukur tidak memiliki
kelingking,'' kata Raja, mengakui kesalahannya. Ternyata, sang
penasihat pun bersyukur, ''Kalau saja saya tidak dipenjarakan oleh
Paduka, mungkin, hamba sudah menggantikan Paduka sebagai tumbal.''
(WY)



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Tahukah Anda


Siapa yang mendahului Columbus menemukan benua Amerika ?
Admiral Zheng He(Cheng Ho), 70 tahun lebih awal tiba
di Amerika dibandingkan Colombus.

Penjelajahannya hingga mencapai benua Amerika mengambil waktu
antara tahun 1421 dan 1423. Membawa armada 100 kapal dan
sekitar 28,000 anak buah kapal. Armada kapal Zheng He berlayar
menyusuri jalur selatan melewati Afrika dan sampai ke Amerika.

Hal ini dibuktikan dalam seminar yang diselenggarakan oleh
Royal Geographical Society di London beberapa waktu lalu.
Adalah seorang ahli kapal selam dan sejarawan bernama Gavin
Menzies dengan paparannya mengenai pelayaran terkenal dari
pelaut mahsyur asal Cina, Laksamana Zheng He

Cheng Ho pernah singgah di kepulauan Nusantara, dia menghadiahi
lonceng raksasa Cakradonya pada Sultan Aceh,menumpas gerombolan
bajak laut Chen Zhuji di perairan Sumatera, menyinggahi Tanjung
priok dan muara jati Cirebon dan Sebuah piring bertuliskan Ayat
suci Al-qur'an saat ini masih tersimpan baik di Kraton
Kasepuhan Cirebon.
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