In the Malay annals, the legend of Sang Sapurba was a king of the Malay who came from mount Siguntang Mahameru. He claimed descent from the Dhul-Qarnayn, king of the Malay world, later the Malay of royal clans who claimed to be his descendants.
According Minangkabau chronicle, he is referred to as great king of the king (Maharajadiraja), he was a heroic figure who killed Katimuno Snake, an immense snake, which destroyed their cultivation.
- Raffles, T. S., (1821), Malay annals (trans. John Leyden), Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown