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What is the Story of Princess Urduja?

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Princess Urduja was an ancient warrior-princess who was also widely known as a heroine of Pangasinan. She was the daughter of Tawalisi, the king of a land of the same name. She is also found in Ibn Battuta's travel account from 1304 to 1377 AD.

Princess Urduja's army was composed of women and men, and she personally took part in duels and battles with other warriors. Ibn Battuta mentioned in his travel account that Princess Urduja wanted to marry a man who was capable of fighting and defeating her in a duel. She also wanted to travel to India, which she knew as the "Pepper Country."


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