Sunday, June 17, 2012

Traditional Children’s Folk-Tales

This Miniature sheet displayed, depicts the folklore regarding the ungrateful son Si Tanggang. POS Malaysia issued it on 26.06.2007.

Folk tales are evergreen stories that have been handed down from generation to generation. Malaysia offers a large collection of wonderful folk tales that have been the interest of many generations. 

This story is about an ungrateful son called Si Tanggang and the consequences of his disloyalty to his parents. One day, Si Tanggang was captured and put to work on a ship. The Captain of the ship grew fond of him and eventually made him his son-in-law and the ship’s Captain. One day, caught in a storm, Captain Tanggang was forced to moor his ship in the village where his parents lived. When they came to meet Si Tanggang, he was embarrassed that they looked so old and refused to recognize them. Saddened by her son’s behaviour, his Mother cried out to the heavens. Suddenly lightening, strong winds and waves, tore the ship to pieces. Captain Tanggang, his wife and crew turned into stone.

It is worth mentioning that there are Special effects of silver hot stamping on the miniature sheet, namely on the figure of Si Tanggang.

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