There could be countless stories behind the naming of
towns and cities with pura or pore in the Indian
subcontinent. Similarly, Singaporeans savour a few.
|King Sri Tri Buana
[or was it prince Sang Nila Utama who claimed to
be a relative of Alexander the Great and was
looking for a place to found a city of his own]
was rock-climbing off the Temasek island when he
[or his entourage] spotted a whitish land that
looked like cloth.
towards Temasek's shores, a violent storm broke
out. Like the Biblical Jonas-and-the whale
incident, the enraged sea demanded Sri Tri
Buana's symbol of kingship.
'When all else was thrown overboard to no avail,
Sri Tri Buana cast his crown into the sea,' the
Malay Annals records. Temasek's strange
allurements included a specially fast-moving,
agile, strong and graceful animal.
It possessed a red body, a black head and a white
breast. As if from the apocalypse, Sri Tri
Buana's court decided to christen Temasek after
this unfamiliar creature - Singa [Lion} and Pura