Sang Sapurba

figure in the Malay Annals, revered as the legendary ancestor of some of the major Malay dynasties

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.[1]

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.


  1. Raffles, T. S., (1821), Malay annals (trans. John Leyden), Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown