Sang Nila Utama
Before Singapore was founded, it was known as Temasek or “Sea Town”. According to a legend, the prince of Palembang, Sang Nila Utama, was on a voyage. While crossing the waters, his ship was caught in a terrible storm. The storm was so rough that it wrecked the ship and threw the prince and his crew into the sea.
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The prince and his men were later washed ashore on the island of Temasek. There, in the forest, the prince encountered a strange animal which he had never seen before. It was very swift and beautiful. Its body was bright red and its head was jet black. Believing it to be a lion, the prince decided to rename the island “Singapura” in honour of the beast.
“Singapura” is a combination of two Sanskrit words, “singa”, meaning lion and “pura”, meaning city. Thus, Temasek became Singapura or “Lion City”. This was also the reason that the lion has become the symbol of the country. However, it is believed that the wild animal the prince spotted in the island was more likely a tiger, as lions were not known to exist in South-East Asia.
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Glossary Sang Nila Utama
|voyage||journey by the sea|
|encountered||met by accident|
|jet black||deep black|
|Sanskrit||the ancient sacred language of India|