Silat Pattani is said to trace back to the pendeta guru (pandita guru), the youngest of three brothers who had been trained as warriors. By their masters' instruction, the
brothers were travelling north in the hope of attaining moksa (enlightenment). On their journey, they were caught up in a bloody battle near the Siamese border. The youngest of the three
was wounded but managed to escape into a forest. Following a stream, he reached a waterfall where he stopped to rest. The warrior noticed a lotus flower come down the waterfall but even
as it was pushed below the surface by the waterfall, the lotus would float back up completely intact.