No one asks why Malin Kundang went home.
After wandering for years, after achieving much in life, what did he want from traces of the past? He did not even acknowledge (of perhaps did not recognize) his mother in his coastal village. He was cursed.
The famous legend gives no answers. Returning home seems to be something considered normal in our stories, even praiseworthy. Origins have their own particular aura. In Indonesian, we have the phrase tanah tumpah darah, ‘the land where...