The story of the snake keeper of the Pallipa Pute Well in Pinrang, the water brings blessings


The remains of Pallipa Pute’e or Pallipa Pute in the form of a well in Pinrang Regency, South Sulawesi (South Sulawesi) are believed to give blessings. It is said that the well is guarded by the figure of a waiting snake so that no one can take the water.

The water from the Pallipa Pute’e well is believed to hold blessings and is widely used as medicine. The blessing of the well water is believed to be because the well was made directly by a figure of a cleric who spread Islam in Pinrang who was given the title Pallipa Pute’e.

Every Monday and Thursday people from various regions come to visit the tomb of Pallipa Pute’e. The visitors who will enter the tomb of Pallipa Pute’e are also required to wash their feet from the well water that has been provided by the manager of the tomb.

“The water of this well is believed to be holy. That’s why people who want to enter must wash their feet first before entering the tomb,” said the manager of the Pallipa Pute’e Tomb, Aminah.

Tomb of Pallipa Pute Photo: Muhclis Abduh

In addition to purifying themselves before entering the tomb, sometimes the water is also brought home by visitors. The water from the Pallipa Pute well is believed to bring blessings.

“A lot of well water is also brought home. This means that they want to take blessings from the water,” said Aminah.

Although believed to bring blessings, apparently the well also holds a mystical story. It is said that only the descendants of Pallipa Pute’e or the caretaker of the tomb are allowed to take water from the well because there is a snake figure waiting in the well.

“There was an incident when a traveling merchant stopped by to fetch water, he did not know the prohibition, and while continuing his journey he was followed by a snake guarding the well,” said Aminah.

However, according to him the snake did no harm, just followed. It’s just a lesson learned not to take water from the well, especially if you’re not a descendant of Pallipa Pute’e.

“If it’s not a descendant, it can be ascertained that something strange has happened. That’s why I’m always ordered not to take well water if you’re not a descendant of Pallipa Pute’e,” said Aminah.

Aminah recounted that there was also another incident during a maddoa procession or a traditional procession, the water from the well became mud or dirty. It was later discovered that this happened because a small child drew water even though he was not a descendant of Pallipa Pute’e.

“Once the water was like mud, even though the water was always clean. That was because one of the children drew it,” said Aminah.

The well water can be clean again if a trusted descendant of Pallipa Pute’e takes the water. After that, then the water returns to its clear state as before.

“Later it was Wa Sakka (descendant of the one who served Pallipa Pute’e) who took water from the well and the water came back good,” he said.

Aminah then explained that the well was believed to have been made by Pallipa Pute’e. He dug a well upon his arrival in Kampung Katteong.

“This well was made when Pallipa Pute’e came here. So it is thousands of years old,” he said.

The well water also never runs dry or overflows. People believe that this is a sign that the well water holds blessings.

“It never dries up or overflows. The water just keeps going. It’s like in Bujung Manurungkita,” he explained.

The dipper used from the past until now must be made of palm leaves, the rope of the bucket is also made of woven palm leaves. There is no specific explanation regarding this matter, but it is still maintained to this day by the descendants of Pallipa Pute.

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