In some provinces of Indonesia, people used to celebrate a ritual called Potong Kapala. Potong Kapala means cutting off one’s head. Robinson said it was a tender coconut, and the young man who was cutting the coconuts had heard it called Potong Kapala.
Dr Charles Budd Robinson
If you have to go on a foreign trip, knowing the customs of the country you are going to visit will certainly help. In a country other than ours, not everything goes as we expect. In a series of sensational crime stories The story we are telling today is related to this. A famous botanist named Dr Charles Budd Robinson (Dr Charles Budd Robinson) did not give much importance to the above mentioned point. Born in Canada, Robinson had a hobby of traveling around the country looking for plants. Antha Robinson came to Indonesia in 1910s. His mission was to discover new plants in the Maluku valleys.
People only know that he went to Indonesia. That is, his family, relatives and friends never saw him alive again. His dismembered body was found on the beach. Tribes lived in that middle and still live there.
Do you know what actually happened? While Robinson was wandering in the middle of Malaku, he went to the Boetenise tribal area. There he saw a young man cutting coconut maraveri nut and asked him in English, ‘give me a tender coconut’. The young man, who had never seen white people, was frightened and horrified to see Robinson. After hearing what he said, he got more scared and got down from the tree and ran towards home. Do you know what caused his panic? Coconut means head-cutter in the Boetenise tribal language!
Innocent Robinson follows the young man to his home. After reaching there, a woman gave him water in an earthen vessel when he gestured and asked for water to drink.
All the people there are scared to see the white-skinned Robinson. At that time, rumors that the whites would come and kill the tribes were spreading wildly in the Malaku neighborhoods.
In some provinces of Indonesia, people used to celebrate a ritual called Potong Kapala. Potong Kapala means cutting off one’s head. Robinson said it was a tender coconut, and the young man who was cutting the coconuts had heard it called Potong Kapala. So the tribesmen thought that Robinson had come to cut off their heads.
All tribes have a leader. The tribe we are discussing also had a leader. He went into the shack-like house and came out with an ax in his hand, telling him to tie him up. Then he addressed his people and said: Listen carefully to what I say. This white man from Europe has come to cut off our heads. The one who said ‘I will kill him to save all your lives’ cut Robinson’s throat with the help of five others!
Without removing any of the watch, gold chain, ring that Robinson was wearing, his body was wrapped in coconut leaves and stones were tied to it and drowned in the sea.
That said, when we go to places we do not know, we should know about the customs there.
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