Located in south-west Pahang
A creature was seen in the lake by an officer of the Malayan police .Stewart Wavell's expedition to Malaysia in 1951 was to study the customs and folklore of the Semelai people, who lived in the area. The police officer was interviewed by Wavell and told him that he was swimming in Tasek Bera when he saw the head of a huge, silvery-gray serpent rising more than fifteen feet out of the water. He quickly swam out of the water, but the animal made no attempt to give chase.
The Semelai told Wavell that they believed in giant snakes which they said lived in
The tribesmen cultivated the land for food crops. The owner, an old woman, found them and scolded them for not asking permission to fell trees and clear the fields. After apologizing, the woman allowed them to continue and marked the boundary with a stick, asking the men to never remove it. One day they heard dogs barking and chased them off by throwing sticks. One of the sticks pierced an old log and blood gushed out. Frightened and confused the tribesmen were sure the log was demonic. They returned to the log to find a shallow pool of blood. Suddenly the sky darkened, thunder rumbled, lightening cracked and a monsoon rain fell. Scared for their lives they ran away, grabbed their gear and anything else to protect themselves from the spirits. In their haste, one tribesman pulled out the old woman's stick. Water starting blasting out from the hole and did not stop for many years. Thus, creating Tasik Chini. The tribesmen did not disturb an old log, they punctured the underbelly of Naga Sri Gumum, the serpent dragon ...
It’s a great story isn’t it, the legend. As for the creatures , well the jungle has been there for millions of years and there is always a possibility that giant snakes do dwell there. It isn’t a very accessible place though but eventually I am sure someone will produce a grainy photo or some film. The scientists investigating the sunken city may find something. Let’s hope they do.
ular tedong (or tedung) actually means cobra in the malay language. naga, well, anyone worth their salt in indian mythology would know them as dragons. i've read quite a number of myths surrounding this lake (tasik means lake by the way) but the one you've posted here sounds new to me. cheers! ones i've heard were sorta like our version of atlantis... civilisation too rich and greedy that the gods decided to submerge it under a lake guarded over by a dragon...
Thank you for your comment. I am not very up on Malay mythology so this was a new story for me too. Sounds like there may be some truth in the legend as scientists have said there are sunken remains of buildings in the lake and now its seems a possibly a dragon like creature lives there , although it sounds more like a large aquatic snake.
I wrote a story about the Dragon of Tasik Cini in my book 'Eight Treasures of the Dragon' published in 2011 by MPH Group Publishing. The story line is quite similar to the one here except that a man ate a serpent's egg and was cursed into one himself! There are other evidence of a lost civilisation in Tasik Cini - apparently the lotus plants growing in the lake is not native to Malaysia and has been identified as a variant found Cambodia. Also the people living around the lake speak a language containing Khmer words!
The Tasek Beta lake serpent is unusual among cryptids in that its not known to attack humans. This is not to say that it wouldn't hurt a human if a human came too close. The animal I s described as a giant cobra. Its certainly not a cobra. Cobras are venomous horrible animals, while the Tasek Beta lake serpent seems to be a more benevolent kind of animal. Almost all lake serpents/sea serpents and cryptids are dangerous and deadly, but the Tasek Beta lake serpent isn't so bad.
Its been said that Tasek Beta in Pahang Malaysia is among the most inaccessible places in the world. Not so. There are plenty of photos of the place and there are human visitors there, so its not so inaccessible. The Likouala Swamp in Africa is among the most inaccessible places in the world. The Tasek Beta lake monster might be a herbivore and makes a booming sound, which is very unusual for a snake.
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