Located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in Indonesia’s West Papua province, Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo, and the smaller island of Kofiau.
Raja Ampat Regency is a new regency which separated from Sorong Regency in 2004. It encompasses more than 40,000 km² of land and sea, which also contains Cenderawasih Bay, the largest marine national park in Indonesia. It is a part of the newly named West Papua (province) of Indonesia which was formerly Irian Jaya. Some of the islands are the most northern pieces of land in the Australian continent.
Raja Ampat Legend
There are several versions of the story about the origin of the name of Raja Ampat are passed down from generation to generation in the life of the indigenous people of Raja Ampat islands. One version of the story is as follows:
At one point in the Bay Village Wawiyai Kabui one couple went to the forest (the forest encroachers) in search of food, when they arrived on the banks of the River Waikeo (Wai meaning water, kew means bay) they found six dragon eggs. The eggs are deposited in the camshaft (bag) and taken home, when he got home the eggs stored in the room. At night they heard the whispers, how shocked they were when they saw in the room turned to-five eggs have hatched intangibles four sons and one daughter, all dressed finely indicates that they are descendants of the king.
Until now there has been clear who gave the name to the children but later it was discovered that each child is named:
War became king in Waigeo.
Bethany became king in Salawati.
Dohar became king in Lilinta (Misool)
Mohamad became king in Waigama (Batanta)
While the children were girls (named Pintolee), at one time the girl is pregnant and is known by the older siblings were placed in the skin Pintolee bia (mussels) and then washed away by huge stranded on the island Noemfoor. The longer the eggs did not hatch and become rock Kapatnai named and treated as a king even in the room give a complete dwelling place with two stones that serve as guards on either side of the entrance each year even bathed and splashed bathwater to the public as baptism for the Tribe Kawe. Not every moment of the stone can be seen that except for once a year when washed.