Sunday, January 6, 2008

Hang Tuah and Hang Li Po: What do they have in common?

hmm, yes.. they share the same 'Hang'!

Who is Hang Tuah? A visit to the link gives the following..

"Hang Tuah was born in Kampong Sungai Duyong, Malacca, to Hang Mahmud and Dang Merdu Wati. His interest in religious knowledge and skill in the art of self-defense became apparent at a young age, and he was said to be inseparable from his four childhood friends: Hang Kasturi, Hang Jebat, Hang Lekir and Hang Lekiu. "

and who is Hang Li Po?
"Hang Liu (Chinese: 汉丽宝) was the fifth wife of Malacca's Sultan Mansur Shah (reigning from 1456 to 1477). It is disputed whether such a person exists due to the fact that she was never recorded as a princess in the Chinese court Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty in the Ming Chronicles.

According to Malay Annals (Sejarah Melayu), the sultan dispatched Tun Perpatih Putih as his envoy to Ming (China) and carried a letter to the Emperor, it was mentioned that Hang Liu was sent to Malacca to be the bride of the Sultan. Li Po came to Malacca along with 500 other female attendants, many attendants later married officials serving Mansur Shah as Li Po married the sultan after she accepted the conversion to Islam. After their marriage, the sultan built a palace for Li Po and her attendants were given a permanent home at Bukit Cina which serves as a cemetery for the local Chinese. Princess Li Po became known as Hang Li Po when she was awarded the honorific "Hang" by the sultan of Melaka.

It is notable that the two main sources of Hang Tuah's life differ yet again on the details of his life. According the Hikayat Hang Tuah, it was Hang Jebat who avenged his friend's death, only to be killed by the same friend, but according to Sejarah Melayu, it was Hang Kasturi. The Sejarah Melayu is the more historical account, but the Hang Jebat story, as the more romantic tale, remains more popular."

So u see, those stories we've heard from our history teachers could be tales.. people from multiple generations made up stories and added in their own versions.. all with different different stories.. It was never proven that Hang Tuah had come from Malacca. Some claimed that Hang Tuah came from China, together with Hang Liu. I guess if we have many Hang s from China then it could be true that Hang Tuah came from China. Some said there was no Hang Tuah from Malacca due to the fact that no one inherited the name Hang in Melaka.

So guys, this leads us to a very very important point here. To prove something it has to be accompanied with some sort of evidence. of what kind? of course the documentation! document what you have, what you see today because what you see today may be in different view tomorrow. It will be called 'history' and not tales since you can prove it with your evidence.

Don't wanna write? Take videos then!

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