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The Story of Si Buah Mburle in Various Versions

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This chapter presents the story of Si Mbacang Gumale-Gale in Van Der Tuuk's collection, the sukut-sukuten si buah mburle by M.R. Solin, and the story of Si Buah Mburle, which is discussed in Lynnette Moore's unpublished PhD thesis entitled: 'Songs of the Pakpak of North Sumatra', Monash University 1985. The thesis gives a synopsis of the fragment of Si Buah Mburle performed by the female storyteller Mpung Sumar. This tells about the despair of a girl left alone in a village, and her pregnancy. Moore summarizes the narrative of the fragment she recorded, which took two hours, including the songs. The fragment recorded by Moore does not deal with the birth of Si Buah Mburle's mother, and therefore does not contain the motive of a relation between twin brother and sister, which is so important in Sonang Sitakar's version.

Keywords: Lynnette Moore; Si Buah Mburle; Si Mbacang Gumale-Gale



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