Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Legend and Myth of the Bono Waves Origin in Kampar River, Riau Province

Scientifically, bono waves are one of superb natural phenomenon that rarely occurs. The waves are big like we usually find at sea, but they are formed in a river. Bono waves are formed due to the impact of three currents from Melaka Strait, South China Sea, and Kampar River. Because of the impact, the waves in the Kampar River estuary can reach up to 4-5 meters in height with a thundering sound ahead. Only intellectuals believe at this scientific phenomenon. Meanwhile, local people have their own legends about that Bono wave. Many stories and myths from local people make this superb phenomenon more appealing.

Local people believe that Bono waves in Kampar River is the Male Bono and Bono waves in Rokan River is the Female Bono, near Bagansiapi-api city. Bono in Kampar estuary consists of three waves which look like horses and called the Bono mother. On very high tides, Bono will go to Rokan River meeting the Female Bono, then, heading to Malaka strait. That is why on half-moon or very low tides, Bono is not found in both rivers. During the moon’s quarter phase, Bono is back to its origin place and passing Kampar River and Rokan River. On the full moon, bono is racing on both rivers.

Local people of Kuala Kampar are already familiar with Bono since childhood. That is why children, teenagers, and adults regard Bono as their friends where they can do an agility game canoeing on Bono, they called Bekudo Bono. Local people often go to areas where bono is not too big such as in confluence of Kampar River (Sangar River, Turip, Serkap, Kutub, and Kerumutan River). The game is too risky; your canoe will be thrown into the cliff and crashed into pieces once you make a mistake. However, since childhood, the Bono players already know exactly the safe place to play with Bono.


Local peoples surfing on Bono waves using surf board

In the past, a particular ceremony is held before playing with Bono to ensure the players’ safety. The ceremony is named Semah which should be held at morning or noon. This ceremony is led by a Bomo or Datuk or an elder in the village. The purpose is to ensure the safety of all players when riding the Bono and to protect them from any danger. Besides, there is a mystical story related to Bono waves, a story about bloodbath in Mempusun or Mempusun is Covered by Blood and the establishment of Pelalawan Kingdom in 1822 AD.

People say that Malay warriors are often challenged and tested their agility by riding the Bono waves. Whoever succeeds conquering those strong waves will be regarded as a powerful warrior with a great strength. Another story tells that the waves formerly consist of seven big waves of ghosts. In the Dutch colonial era, Dutch's ships were hardly entering Kuala Kampar because of this wave. One of the Dutch commanders gave an order to shoot the big waves. Wondering why, one of the big waves shot by Dutch cannon never appear until now. Thus, only six Bono big waves remain this day.

However, the game becomes a regular game which can be played anytime. But, the game is only done during the day, whilst no matter how brave they are, they do not dare to try it at evening. It is because the risk is too high. If you are afraid or terrified to take part at Bono game, you can watch Bono from the land. If you dare, you can play with many small boats available there. The important thing is you should be a good swimmer as you drive the Bono. This game is similar to surfing on the waves at a beach because the area is large with a big challenge.

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