November 21, 2011

Hari Ragat: the Sikanda Brothers

These snippets of history are extracted from the Song of Namwaran:

The first three sons of Rajah Sikanda – Namwaran, Magat and Dakila – all had strong followings already by the time the exiles sailed from Maha Vijadesa. When Sikanda decided to remove from Irayon, his three sons spearheaded the founding of new settlements on Namaya’s rich coast.

While exploring, Namwaran encountered and slew a titanic python at the mouth of the Lakansawa River, to which he gave its name – the River of The Noble Python. On slitting its stomach open to recover the body of a follower it had devoured, Namwaran found a quantity of exquisite gold jewelry. Concluding that there must be a wealthy, cultured people living upriver, Namwaran made an expedition and so eventually met and befriended the Taglawas of Kaboloan and Maysapan.

Along the way back from Kaboloan, Magat and Dakila fought off an ambush by headhunting highlanders and then led a retaliatory raid. This was the Vijadesans’ first fight with the Dimalupi, who then were calling themselves the I-gadda. The early years of Namwaran, Tinagong-Dagat and Kaliraya were rife with wars against the Dimalupi, who despite the Vijadesans’ efforts always threw them back; for this reason Namwaran later named the highland tribes Dimalupi, the Unconquerable Ones, and they, liking the meaning, have identified themselves thus to all Vijadesans ever since.

Namwaran and Magat later married the daughters of the Rajah of Kaboloan, and Dakila married the daughter of a lakan in Maysapan. The friendship with the Taglawas also established the wealth of the Sikanda line, for the highlands of Namaya were very rich in gold, and the Taglawas spent it like water. Namwaran founded the settlement of Namwaran on the mouth of the Lakansawa, and Magat, following a Taglawa request, settled in the northwest, in Kaliraya.

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