Updated: Sep 25, 2020
“Puteri Santubong, Puteri Sejinjang, menjaga gunung negeri Sarawak”.
A tune so unmistakably Sarawakian, written in Bahasa Melayu Sarawak based on a legendary tale that talks about two princesses named Santubong and Sejinjang. However, the story of Sejinjang isn’t told as often as Santubong. With that, we decided to give it change!
Sejinjang and Santubong were two princesses that were said to be cousins, sent from the celestial kingdom (Kayangan) and were tasked to bring peace between the neighbouring kampungs (villages) of Pasir Putih and Pasir Kuning with their existing conflicts.
Puteri Santubong was then sent to govern Kampung Pasir Kuning while Puteri Sejinjang governs Kampung Pasir Putih. In spite of that, in order to not suffer a terrible fate, they were given a condition to never fight each other. On top of all that, they were also given the task to watch over all the mountains of Sarawak. Under their rule, the two villages managed to live in prosper. Each of the princesses had something they’re known for. Puteri Santubing was highly skilled in sewing and weaving while Puteri Sejinjang’s skills helped the paddy fields in Kampung Pasir Putih thrive again.
Putera (prince) Serapi, who was a very handsome prince from Matang was attracted to the fine textiles of Kampung Pasir Kuning. Which then made Puteri Sejinjang envious, as both of the Princesses fell in love with Putera Serapi. This sparked a conflict between the two Princesses.
In the midst of their conflict, the two villages under their rule were also attacking each other. Meanwhile, in a clash between the two princesses, Puteri Sejinjang landed a heavy blow on Puteri Santubong’s face, dislocating her jaw. Further enraged, Puteri Santubong attacked back with a spear.
The King of Heavens were very angered by the princesses who broke their oath and cursed Puteri Santubong into Mount Santubong, Puteri Sejinjang into Pulau Kera, and Putera Serapi for being the cause of it, into Mount Serapi, waiving him the furthest from the Princesses.
Today, if one views Santubong from the sea, one can see the outline of a pregnant woman and even the dent, or crevice on the side of her head where she was hit with the pestle. Such was the sad ending to the feud between the two princesses.
We named the necklace after Puteri Sejinjang with hopes that it’ll remind you of the folk tale and that it will continue to be passed on for more decades, so it never vanishes. We also hope that the Sejinjang necklace will not only be a regular accessory but also holds a tale of a history with strong moral values that one can live by.