OLAC Record

Title:Zapal Masaq Tomol
Masaq Tomol
Documentation of zapal 'folk stories' in Bunaq, a minority language of West Timor
Contributor (speaker):Yosep
Description:This story tells of the six giants ("Masaq Tomol') who descend from the heavens in the earliest times, when the earth was still covered in sea and had not yet dried out. Once on earth they take wives from the sea and eke out a living on the newly emerged earth. They are given a dog by their father, the Sun, with which to hunt. The story is not what would be traditionally classified as a zapal, but is rather part of another (unnamed) genre of stories amongst the Bunaq which are used to explain place names. In this story, the placename Hol Zap "Dog Stone" is explained as the place in which the six giants made a bowl out of stone for their hunting dog.
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 Duarato village, parents from Fatobenau village. Member of the Pur Belis clan/suku.
Identifier (URI):https://lat1.lis.soas.ac.uk/ds/asv?openpath=MPI1315237%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:MPI1315237
DateStamp:  2019-07-26
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Citation: Yosep (speaker); Antoinette. 2012-06. 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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