Under the Kayon Tree opens at Dewan Sri Pinang this weekend - bringing to life Malaysian legends and folklore that carry subtle, thought-provoking social messages and encourage the audience to introspect. Featuring some of Malaysia’s top musicians and performers, including narration from the inimitable Shanthini Venugopal (@shanthiniv) and music composed by Jyotsna Prakash. 25 & 26 Aug, 8:30pm @ Dewan Sri Pinang - visit our website to get tickets today!
“The bull came to Jack’s side, and he laid his arm along its neck. “Noble Bull. Worthy Bull. We live each other’s life and die each other’s death.” He walked into the field, his arm still on the bull, to the Belderstone. A rope lay coiled upon it, with other things. At the stone, he pressed the neck and the bull knelt. “We do not want to mither you, O Moon,” he said, “with worship or ill praise, pasturing in your heart swift eyeless love.” He lifted the rope and wound it between the horns. He measured five paces of slack and tied the free end to the ring in the stone; and spoke. “Shine with high light, O Bull, and sharpen your two horns, while you sleep below the sky now in these white nights. Let your bonny een give new een above at harvest end, and let your voice go belder to the Moon, so as he never sets for ever, but wakens to tragwallet on his ways, for all us sakes.” He called aloud. “See at white Bull! Bonny Bull! As lives on hill tops; striding Bull as lives on hill tops! Lord over all as close the eye!” The people sang. “Io!” “See at his step, full of honey! There in his highmost step, the honey!” “Io!” “There the highmost step of Bull, striding the sky, shines down! For there is nowt as he is not!” —Alan Garner, Thursbitch
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