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Cerita rakyat from West Java Lutung Kasarung Prabu Tapa Agung had led a kingdom in West Java for a long time. He was getting old and therefore wanted to choose a successor. But unfortunately, he had no son. He thought of choosing one of his daughters, Purbararang and Purbasari. But it wasnât an easy choice. They were both very pretty and smart. The only difference was their temperament. Purbararang was rude and dishonest, while Purbasari was kind and caring. With those considerations, Prabu Tapa Agung finally chose Purbasari to be his successor. Purbararang didnât agree with her fatherâs decision. âItâs supposed to be me, Father. Iâm the eldest daughter!â Purbararang said. Prabu Tapa Agung smiled. âPurbararang, to be a queen takes more than age. There are many other qualities that one must possess,â explained Prabu Tapa Agung wisely. âWhat does Purbasari have that I donât?â Purbararang pouted. âYouâll find out when Purbasari has replaced me,â Prabu Tapa Agung answered. After the discussion, Purbararang went back to her room. âIs there something wrong?â asked Indrajaya. Indrajaya is Purbararangâs future husband. âIâm upset! Father chose Purbasari as his successor and not me! I have to do something!â Purbararang said. Driven mad by her anger, she came to a witch and asked her to send rash all over Purbasariâs body. Before going to bed, Purbasari started to feel itch all over her body. She tried applying powder to her body, but itâs no use. Instead, the itching grew even worse. She didnât want to scratch it, but she just couldnât help it. In the next morning, there were scratch mark all over Purbasariâs body. âWhat happened to you?â asked Purbararang, pretending to be concerned. âI donât know, sis. Last night, my body suddenly felt very itchy. I scratched and scratched, and this is what happened,â Purbasari answered. Purbararang shook her head. âYou must have done something really awful. Youâve been punished by the gods!â That day, the whole kingdom was scandalized. âWhat have you done, Purbasari?â demanded Prabu Tapa Agung. Purbasari shook her head. âI didnât do anything that would upset the gods, Father,â she answered. âThen how can you explain what happened to your body?â Prabu Tapa Agung asked again. âIf you donât confess, Iâll banish you to the woods.â Purbasari took a deep breath. âLike I said before, I didnât do anything wrong. And Iâd rather be thrown into the woods than to confess to a deed I didnât commit.â After a short discussion with his advisor, Prabu Tapa Agung ordered Purbasari to be moved to the woods. Purbasari was very sad, but she couldnât do anything to defy her fatherâs order. She was accompanied to the woods by a messenger. He built a simple hut for Purbasari. After the messenger left, suddenly a black monkey came to Purbasariâs hut. He carried a bunch of bananas. From behind him, some animals looked on. âAre the bananas for me?â Purbasari asked. The black monkey nodded, as if he understood what Purbasari said. Purbasari took the bananas with pleasure. She also said thanks. The other animals that were looking on also seemed to smile. âAre you willing to be my friend?â Purbasari asked them. All the animals nodded happily. Although she was living by herself in the woods, Purbasari never lacked of supplies. Everyday, there were always animals bringing her fruits and fish to eat. A long time had passed since Purbasari was banished to the woods, but her body still itched. At some places, her skin was even ulcerating. What am I supposed to do?â Purbasari sighed. The monkey who was sitting next to her stayed still, there were tears in his eyes. He hoped Purbasari would remain patient and strong. One night, on a full moon, the monkey took Purbasari to a valley. There is a pond with hot spring water. The monkey suddenly spoke, âThe water of this pond will heal your skin,â he said. Purbasari was surprised, âYou can talk? Who are you?â she asked. âYouâll find out, in time,â the monkey said. Purbasari didnât want to force the monkey. She then walked to the pond. She bathed there. After a few hours, Purbasari walked out of the pond. She was shocked to see her face reflected on the clear pond water. Her face was beautiful again, with smooth and clean skin. Purbasari observed her entire body. There were no traces of any skin ailments. âIâm cured! Iâm cured!â Purbasari shouted in joy. She quickly offered thanks to the gods and also to the monkey. The news of Purbasariâs condition quickly spread to the kingdom, irritating Purbararang. She then accompanied by Indrajaya go to the woods to see Purbasari. Purbasari asked if she would be allowed to go home. Purbararang said she would let Purbasari return to the palace if Purbasariâs hair were longer than hers. Purbararang then let her hair down. It was so long, it almost touched the ground. But it turned out that Purbasariâs hair was twice longer than Purbararangâs hair. âFine, so your hair is longer than mine.â Purbararang admitted. âBut there is one more condition you must fulfill, do you have a future husband who is handsomer than mine?â said Purbararang as she walked toward Indrajaya. Purbasari felt miserable. She didnât have a future husband yet. So, without much thought, she pulled the black monkey beside her. Purbararang and Indrajaya burst out, but their laughter didnât last long. The monkey meditates and suddenly transformed into a very handsome young man, a lot more handsome than Indrajaya. âIâm a prince from a kingdom far away. I was cursed to be a monkey because of a mistake I committed. I could regain my true form only if thereâs a girl who would be willing to be my wife,â said the young man. Finally, Purbararang gave up. She accepted Purbasari as the queen, and also confessed everything she had done. âPlease forgive me. Please donât punish me,â Purbararang said, asking for forgiveness. Instead of being angry, Purbasari smiled. âI forgive you, sis,â she said. Soon after, Purbasari become queen. Beside her was the handsome prince, the former monkey known as Lutung Kasarung.*** Cerita rakyat from Central Java Mouse Deer and Tiger One upon a time, there was a mouse deer living in a forest. Although he was small, he wasnât afraid of the other bigger animals who wanted to eat him. He was so smart; he always managed to ditch them. One day, a tiger was wandering around for food. He hadn't been eating for days. He was really hungry. While he was walking in the forest, he saw Mouse Deer. The tiger wanted to eat him. Tiger slowly ducked, crawled, approaching Mouse Deer, then..."Gotcha!" said Tiger. He caught Mouse Deer. âHello, Mouse Deer! Iâm really hungry right now. Youâll be my lunch!â said Tiger. Mouse Deer didnât want to be his lunch. He tried to be calm. He looked around and saw some buffaloâs dung. He had an idea. âIâm sorry, Tiger. I canât be your lunch now. The King has ordered me to guard his cake,â said Mouse Deer calmly. âHis cake?â said Tiger curiously. âYes, there it is. Itâs very delicious. The King doesnât want anyone else to eat it, so he ordered me to guard it,â Mouse Deer pointed the buffaloâs dung. âCan I taste it?â Tiger asked. âOf course you canât. The King would be very angry,â said Mouse Deer refused. âJust one little bite, Mouse Deer! The King will never know,â said Tiger. âWell, okay, Tiger. But first let me run far away, so the King wonât blame me,â said Mouse Deer. âAll right, Mouse deer. You can go now.â Mouse Deer ran quickly out of sight. Tiger then took a big mouthful of the âcakeâ. âPhoooey!â He spit it out. âYuck, thatâs not cake. Thatâs buffaloâs dung.â Tiger ran through the forest. He caught up with Mouse Deer. âMouse Deer, you tricked me. But now you will be my lunch.â Mouse Deer looked around and saw a wasp nest in a tree. âIâm sorry, Tiger. I canât be your lunch now. The King has ordered me to guard his drum,â said Mouse Deer calmly. âHis drum?â said Tiger curiously. âYes, there it is. It has the best sound in the world. The King doesnât want anyone else to hit it,â Mouse Deer pointed the wasp nest. âCan I hit the Kingâs drum?â Tiger asked. âOf course you canât. The King would be very angry,â said Mouse Deer refused. âJust one little hit, Mouse Deer! The King will never know,â said Tiger. âWell, all right, Tiger. But first let me run far away, so the King wonât blame me,â said Mouse Deer. âAll right, Mouse Deer. You can go now.â Mouse Deer ran quickly out of sight. Tiger then reached up and hit the wasp nest. Bzzzzzzzâ¦! âOuchâ¦ouch! Thatâs not a drum. That a wasp nests!â Tiger ran away. But the wasps keep following him. He came to the river. He jumped in and stayed underwater as long as he could. At last the wasps went away. Then he jumped out. He ran through the forest till he found Mouse Deer. âMouse Deer, you tricked me again. But now you will be my lunch.â Mouse Deer looked around and saw a cobra. The snake was coiled asleep on the ground. âIâm sorry, Tiger. I canât be your lunch now. The King has ordered me to guard his belt,â said Mouse Deer calmly. âHis belt?â said Tiger curiously. âYes. There it is. Itâs the best belt in the world. The King doesnât want anyone else to wear it,â Mouse Deer pointed the cobra. âCan I wear it?â Tiger asked. âOf course you canât. The King would be very angry,â said Mouse Deer refused. âJust for one moment, Mouse Deer! The King will never know,â said Tiger. âWell, all right, Tiger. But first let me run far away, so the King wonât blame me,â said Mouse Deer. âAll right, Mouse Deer. You can go now.â Mouse Deer ran quickly out of sight. Tiger then took the snake and started to warp it around himself. The cobra woke up. It squeezed Tiger and bit him. SSssssstt! âOouch! Ow! Ooow! Thatâs not a belt! Thatâs a cobra! Help! Mouse Deer! Help!â But Mouse Deer was already far away. He laughed aloud. Mouse Deer was safe from Tiger now.*** Cerita rakyat from West Sumatra Malin Kundang Once upon a time, on the north coast of Sumatra lived a poor woman and his son. The boy was called Malin Kundang. They didnât earn much as fishing was their only source of income. Malin Kundang grew up as a skillful young boy. He always helps his mother to earn some money. However, as they were only fishermanâs helper, they still lived in poverty. âMother, what if I sail overseas?â asked Malin Kundang one day to his mother. Her mother didnât agree but Malin Kundang had made up his mind. âMother, if I stay here, Iâll always be a poor man. I want to be a successful person,â urged Malin kundang. His mother wiped her tears, âIf you really want to go, I canât stop you. I could only pray to God for you to gain success in life,â said his mother wisely. âBut, promise me, youâll come home.â In the next morning, Malin Kundang was ready to go. Three days ago, he met one of the successful shipâs crew. Malin was offered to join him. âTake a good care of yourself, son,â said Malin Kundangâs mother as she gave him some food supplies. âYes, Mother,â Malin Kundang said. âYou too have to take a good care of yourself. Iâll keep in touch with you,â he continued before kissing his motherâs hand. Before Malin stepped onto the ship, Malinâs mother hugged him tight as if she didnât want to let him go. It had been three months since Malin Kundang left his mother. As his mother had predicted before, he hadnât contacted her yet. Every morning, she stood on the pier. She wished to see the ship that brought Malin kundang home. Every day and night, she prayed to the God for her sonâs safety. There was so much prayer that had been said due to her deep love for Malin Kundang. Even though itâs been a year she had not heard any news from Malin Kundang, she kept waiting and praying for him. After several years waiting without any news, Malin Kundangâs mother was suddenly surprised by the arrival of a big ship in the pier where she usually stood to wait for her son. When the ship finally pulled over, Malin Kundangâs mother saw a man who looked wealthy stepping down a ladder along with a beautiful woman. She could not be wrong. Her blurry eyes still easily recognized him. The man was Malin Kundang, her son. Malin Kundangâs mother quickly went to see her beloved son. âMalin, youâre back, son!â said Malin Kundangâs mother and without hesitation, she came running to hug Malin Kundang, âI miss you so much.â But, Malin Kundang didnât show any respond. He was ashamed to admit his own mother in front of his beautiful wife. âYouâre not my Mother. I donât know you. My mother would never wear such ragged and ugly clothes,â said Malin Kundang as he release his mother embrace. Malin Kundangâs mother take a step back, âMalinâ¦You donât recognize me? Iâm your mother!â she said sadly. Malin Kundangâs face was as cold as ice. âGuard, take this old women out of here,â Malin Kundang ordered his bodyguard. âGive her some money so she wonât disturb me again!â Malin Kundangâs mother cried as she was dragged by the bodyguard, âMalin... my son. Why do you treat your own mother like this?â Malin Kundang ignored his mother and ordered the ship crews to set sail. Malin Kundangâs mother sat alone in the pier. Her heart was so hurt, she cried and cried. âDear God, if he isnât my son, please let him have a save journey. But if he is, I cursed him to become a stone,â she prayed to the God. In the quiet sea, suddenly the wind blew so hard and a thunderstorm came. Malin Kundangâs huge ship was wrecked. He was thrown by the wave out of his ship, and fell on a small island. Suddenly, his whole body turned into stone. He was punished for not admitting his own mother.*** Cerita rakyat from West Java Sangkuriang Long time ago in West Java, lived a beautiful girl named Dayang Sumbi. She was also smart and clever. Her beauty and intelligence made a prince from the heavenly kingdom of Kahyangan desire her as his wife. The prince asked permission from his father to marry Dayang Sumbi. People from Kahyangan could never live side by side with humans, but his father approved on one condition, when they had a child, the prince would transform into a dog. The prince accepted the condition. They get married and lived happily in the woods until Dayang Sumbi gave birth to a baby boy. The prince then changed into a dog named Tumang. Their son is named Sangkuriang. He was very smart and handsome like his father. Everyday, he hunted animals and looked for fruits to eat. One day, when he was hunting, Sangkuriang accidentally killed Tumang. His arrow missed the deer he was targeting and hit Tumang instead. He went home and tells her mother about the dog. âWhat?â Dayang Sumbi was appalled. Driven by sadness and anger, she grabbed a weaving tool and hit Sangkuriangâs head with it. Dayang Sumbi was so sad; she didnât pay any attention to Sangkuriang and started to cry. Sangkuriang feel sad and also confused. How can his mother love a dog more than him? Sangkuriang then decided to go away from their home and went on a journey. In the morning, Dayang Sumbi finally stopped crying. She started to feel better, so she went to find Sangkuriang. But her son was no where to be found. She looked everywhere but still couldnât find him. Finally, she went home with nothing. She was exhausted. She fell asleep, and in her dream, she meets her husband. âDayang Sumbi, donât be sad. Go look for my body in the woods and get the heart. Soak it with water, and use the water to bathe, and you will look young forever,â said the prince in her dream. After bathing with the water used to soak the dogâs heart, Dayang Sumbi looked more beautiful and even younger. And time passed by. Sangkuriang on his journey stopped at a village and met and fell in love with a beautiful girl.He didn't realize that the village was his homeland and the beautiful girl was his own mother, Dayang Sumbi. Their love grew naturally and he asked the girl to marry him. One day, Sangkuriang was going on a hunt. He asked Dayang Sumbi to fix the turban on his head. Dayang Sumbi was startled when she saw a scar on his head at the same place where she, years ago, hit Sangkuriang on the head. After the young man left, Dayang Sumbi prayed for guidance. After praying, she became convinced that the young man was indeed her missing son. She realized that she had to do something to prevent Sangkuriang from marrying her. But she did not wish to disappoint him by cancelling the wedding. So, although she agreed to marry Sangkuriang, she would do so only on the condition that he provides her with a lake and built a beautiful boat, all in one night. Sangkuriang accepted this condition without a doubt. He had spent his youth studying magical arts. After the sun went down, Sangkuriang went to the hill. Then he called a group of genie to build a dam around Citarum River. Then, he commands the genies to cut down trees and build a boat. A few moments before dawn, Sangkuriang and his genie servants almost finished the boat. Dayang Sumbi, who had been spying on him, realised that Sangkuriang would fulfill the condition she had set. Dayang Sumbi immediately woke all the women in the village and asked them to wave a long red scarf. All the women in the village were waving red scarf, making it look as if dawn was breaking. Deceived by false dawn, the cock crowed and farmers rose for the new day. Sangkuriangâs genie servants immediately dropped their work and ran for cover from the sun, which they feared. Sangkuriang grew furious. With all his anger, he kicked the unfinished boat. The boat flew and landed on a valley. The boat then became a mountain, called Mount Tangkuban Perahu (Tangkuban means upturned or upside down, and Perahu means boat). With his power, he destroyed the dam. The water drained from the lake becoming a wide plain and nowadays became a city called Bandung (from the word Bendung, which means Dam).*** Cerita rakyat from East Java Cindelaras Raden Putra was the king of Jenggala kingdom. He had a beautiful queen and concubine. Unlike the queen, the concubine had bad personalities. She was envious and jealous with the queen, so she planned to make the queen leave the palace. The concubine then asked the royal healer to help her in her plan. One day, the concubine pretended to be ill. Raden Putra called the royal healer to give the concubine treatments. âWhat is her disease?â Raden Putra asked the royal healer. âIâm very sorry, My Majesty. She is sick because the queen put poison in her meal,â the royal healer lied. Raden Putra was shock and angry to hear the explanation. He called the queen and asked her if the story was true. Of course the queen denied, but Raden Putra wonât listen. âPlease Your Majesty, have mercy. I really didnât do anything,â cried the queen in her tears. Raden Putraâs anger ended in a decision. The queen should be banished to the woods and terminated. He did not know that the queen was already pregnant. Raden Putra commanded one of his general to do the punishment. The queen was banished to the woods, but the wise general didnât have the heart to kill her. He built a simple house in the woods for her. On his way back to the palace, he smeared his sword with rabbit blood, so Raden Putra would believe that he had killed the queen. After the general left, the queen lived by herself in the woods. Several months later, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy. The baby was named Cindelaras. He grew up as a nice, healthy, and handsome boy. One day, while Cindelaras helped her mother to collect some fire woods, an eagle dropped an egg. Cindelaras brought the egg to be brooded by a chicken behind their house. The egg hatched into a chick and then it slowly became a strong rooster. The rooster is no ordinary rooster. The rooster could sing. Every morning, the rooster woke Cindelaras up with its beautiful song, âMy master is Cindelaras. His house is in the woods. Heâs the son of Raden Putra.â The rooster often sang that song. Cindelaras always woke up early in the morning and listen happily to his roosterâs song. He didnât realize the meaning of the song until one day, he started to think. âWho is Raden Putra?â he asked his mother. The queen then told him the whole story. She also told him why they were banned from the kingdom and lived in the woods. Cindelaras was very surprised. He decided to go to the palace to meet the king, his father. Cindelaras asked her motherâs permission to go to the kingdom and to tell the king what really happened. He also brought his rooster that grew bigger and stronger each day. On his way, Cindelaras stopped at a village. There, he met some people who were involved in cockfighting. They challenge him to see how strong his rooster was. âIf your rooster wins, youâll get a reward,â said the man who challenged him. Cindelaras accepted the challenge. In a few minutes, his rooster defeated the opponentâs rooster. He was challenged again by other man, and one more time, his rooster won. He won again and again. The news about Cindelarasâ rooster quickly spread to the whole Jenggala kingdom and made Raden Putra curious. So, he invited Cindelaras to the palace. âWhat is your name, boy?â Raden Putra asked as Cindelaras arrived in the palace. âMy name is Cindelaras, Your Majesty,â Cindelaras answered. He felt both thrilled and happy to see Raden Putra. Raden Putra challenged Cindelaras with one condition. If Raden Putraâs rooster won, Cindelarasâ head would be cut off. But if Cindelarasâ rooster won, Raden Putra would share half of his wealth. Cindelaras accepted the condition. The competition was held in the front yard of the palace. The two roosters fought bravely. But in just a few minutes, Cindelarasâ rooster won the fight! Raden Putra shook his head and stared at Cindelaras from his seat, âThat rooster is no ordinary rooster, and the boy is not an ordinaty boy either. Who is he exactly?â he thought. Raden Putra was about to asked when suddenly Cindelarasâ rooster sang the song, âMy master is Cindelaras. His house is in the woods. Heâs the son of Raden Putra.â Raden Putra was surprised. âIs it true?â he asked. âYes, My Majesty. My name is Cindelaras and my mother was the queen,â said Cindelaras. Raden putra called the general who had banished the queen. The general then confessed that he never killed the queen. Later, the royal healer also admitted his mistake. Raden Putra was so shocked. He immediately went to the woods to pick up the queen. Ever since, Cindelaras and his parents lived happily together. As for the concubine, she was sent to the jail as punishment.*** DANAU TOBA In ancient times in a village in North Sumatra, there lived a farmer named Toba alone in a flat and fertile valley. The farmer was working on the farm for the purpose of his life. Besides working on his farm, sometimes he went fishing to the river which is not far from his home. Each time he was fishing, it's easy because the fish got in the clear river that is a lot of fish. Pancingannya he cooked the fish to eat. One evening, after returning from the fields he went straight to the river for fishing. But it was quite a long time he did not provoke any iakan gets. Events like that, never experienced before. Because usually fish in the river is easy to hook him. Because already too long no one takes the bait rod, he was so upset and decided to quit fishing. But when he was about to pull rod, fishing rod suddenly was struck by a fish pulled it away ketengah river fishing. His heart had been upset that turned into a happy, Because he knew that the fish grabbed the pole was a big fish. After a while he let the rod is pulled to and fro, then hook it disentakkannya, and there was a big fish hanging and floundered at the end of the rope pole. Quickly the fish was pulled to the ground so as not to loose. Smiling, happy eyes pole he was separated from the fish's mouth. By the time he was off the hook, the fish looked at him meaningfully. Then, after the fish was placed into one where he got into the river to bathe. His feeling elated because he had never had fish that big. He smiled as he imagined how good the fish's meat later when it's baked. When leaving the river to return to his house was getting dusk. Arriving home, he immediately brought a big fish to the kitchen pancingannya results. When he was about to light a fire for grilling fish, firewood in the kitchen turns out her home was gone. He immediately went out to get firewood from the ground under the house. Then, carrying a few pieces of firewood she climbed back into the house and went straight to the kitchen. By the time he arrived in the kitchen, he was surprised at all because the big fish that is not there anymore. But where the fish was placed seemed stretched a few pieces of gold. With shock and surprise experienced a strange situation, he left the kitchen and entered the room. When he opened the door, suddenly tersirap blood because in the room stood a woman with her hair long and curly. The woman was combing her hair as she stood facing the mirror that hung on the bedroom wall. A moment later the woman suddenly turned and looked at the man that stood bewildered at the mouth of the door. The man became very fascinated because the face of the woman who stood before him extraordinary beautiful. He had never seen such a beautiful woman that though formerly he had wandered far into the various countries. Because it was late, she asked that the lights on. After he turned on the lights, he invited her to accompany him kedapur because he wanted to cook rice for them. While waiting for the rice is cooked, as told by her that he was an incarnation of the great fish that had gained him when fishing in rivers. Then explain also that some pieces of gold located in the kitchen it was an incarnation scales. After several weeks she states willing to accept his proposal on condition that he must swear that all his life he would never bring up the origin of her incarnate myang of fish. After he had thus sworn, kawinlah them. A year later, they were blessed with a son they named Samosir. Sngat spoiled child that resulted in the boy's mother who is less good tempered and lazy . Once large enough, the boy told his mother drove rice every day for his father who worked in the fields. However, he often refused to do the job that forced her mother to deliver rice to the fields. One day, the boy told his mother again to deliver rice to the farm for his father. At first he refused. However, because of continued forced his mother, with kesl he went to deliver the rice. In the middle of the road, mostly rice and pauknya she eats. Arriving in the fields, the rest of the rice it is only a little he gave to his father. When received, the father was feeling very hungry because the rice was delivered late. Therefore, it is the father became very angry when he saw the rice given to him are the remains. Growing anger when his son confessed that he who takes up most of the rice it. Patience is the father is lost and she beat her son, saying: "Son of insolent. Not ungrateful. Really you're the offspring of women who come from fish! " Sobbing, the boy ran home to find her mother at home. To his mother he complained that he had beaten his father. All the words uttered slur on his father tell him anyway. Listening to his son, the mother was so sad, especially because her husband has violated his oath with the words slur he spoke to his son. The mother told her to immediately go up the hill which is located not so far from their home and climb the highest tree located at the top of the hill. Without asking again, the child's mother immediately take command. He ran toward the hill and climb it. When seen by the mother her son was almost to the top of trees that climb up the hill, he ran toward the river that are not so far away from their homes. When he arrived on the banks of the river is lightning accompanied by thunder, which megelegar. A moment later he jumped into the river and suddenly turn into a big fish. At the same time, the river was flooding and down too heavy downpours. Some time later, the river was already overflowing everywhere and tergenanglah valley where the river flows. Mr. Toba could not save himself, he was drowned by a pool of water. Eventually, it expanded pool of water and turned into a huge lake that later called the Lake Toba. Being a small island in the middle named after the island of Samosir. ITTLE IDAâS FLOWERS My poor flowers are quite dead,â said little Ida, âthey were so pretty yesterday evening, and now all the leaves are hanging down quite withered. What do they do that for,â she asked, of the student who sat on the sofa; she liked him very much, he could tell the most amusing stories, and cut out the prettiest pictures; hearts, and ladies dancing, castles with doors that opened, as well as flowers; he was a delightful student. âWhy do the flowers look so faded to- day?â she asked again, and pointed to her nosegay, which was quite withered. âDonât you know what is the matter with them?â said the student. âThe flowers were at a ball last night, and therefore, it is no wonder they hang their heads.â âBut flowers cannot dance?â cried little Ida. âYes indeed, they can,â replied the student. âWhen it grows dark, and everybody is asleep, they jump about quite merrily. They have a ball almost every night.â âCan children go to these balls?â âYes,â said the student, âlittle daisies and lilies of the valley.â âWhere do the beautiful flowers dance?â asked little Ida. âHave you not often seen the large castle outside the gates of the town, where the king lives in summer, and where the beautiful garden is full of flowers? And have you not fed the swans with bread when they swam towards you? Well, the flowers have capital balls there, believe me.â âI was in the garden out there yesterday with my mother,â said Ida, âbut all the leaves were off the trees, and there was not a single flower left. Where are they? I used to see so many in the summer.â âThey are in the castle,â replied the student. âYou must know that as soon as the king and all the court are gone into the town, the flowers run out of the garden into the castle, and you should see how merry they are. The two most beautiful roses seat themselves on the throne, and are called the king and queen, then all the red cockscombs range themselves on each side, and bow, these are the lords-in-waiting. After that the pretty flowers come in, and there is a grand ball. The blue violets represent little naval cadets, and dance with hyacinths and crocuses which they call young ladies. The tulips and tiger-lilies are the old ladies who sit and watch the dancing, so that everything may be conducted with order and propriety.â âBut,â said little Ida, âis there no one there to hurt the flowers for dancing in the kingâs castle?â âNo one knows anything about it,â said the student. âThe old steward of the castle, who has to watch there at night, sometimes comes in; but he carries a great bunch of keys, and as soon as the flowers hear the keys rattle, they run and hide themselves behind the long curtains, and stand quite still, just peeping their heads out. Then the old steward says, âI smell flowers here,â but he cannot see them.â âOh how capital,â said little Ida, clapping her hands. âShould I be able to see these flowers?â âYes,â said the student, âmind you think of it the next time you go out, no doubt you will see them, if you peep through the window. I did so to-day, and I saw a long yellow lily lying stretched out on the sofa. She was a court lady.â âCan the flowers from the Botanical Gardens go to these balls?â asked Ida. âIt is such a distance!â âOh yes,â said the student âwhenever they like, for they can fly. Have you not seen those beautiful red, white. and yellow butterflies, that look like flowers? They were flowers once. They have flown off their stalks into the air, and flap their leaves as if they were little wings to make them fly. Then, if they behave well, they obtain permission to fly about during the day, instead of being obliged to sit still on their stems at home, and so in time their leaves become real wings. It may be, however, that the flowers in the Botanical Gardens have never been to the kingâs palace, and, therefore, they know nothing of the merry doings at night, which take place there. I will tell you what to do, and the botanical professor, who lives close by here, will be so surprised. You know him very well, do you not? Well, next time you go into his garden, you must tell one of the flowers that there is going to be a grand ball at the castle, then that flower will tell all the others, and they will fly away to the castle as soon as possible. And when the professor walks into his garden, there will not be a single flower left. How he will wonder what has become of them!â âBut how can one flower tell another? Flowers cannot speak?â âNo, certainly not,â replied the student; âbut they can make signs. Have you not often seen that when the wind blows they nod at one another, and rustle all their green leaves?â âCan the professor understand the signs?â asked Ida. âYes, to be sure he can. He went one morning into his garden, and saw a stinging nettle making signs with its leaves to a beautiful red carnation. It was saying, âYou are so pretty, I like you very much.â But the professor did not approve of such nonsense, so he clapped his hands on the nettle to stop it. Then the leaves, which are its fingers, stung him so sharply that he has never ventured to touch a nettle since.â âOh how funny!â said Ida, and she laughed. âHow can anyone put such notions into a childâs head?â said a tiresome lawyer, who had come to pay a visit, and sat on the sofa. He did not like the student, and would grumble when he saw him cutting out droll or amusing pictures. Sometimes it would be a man hanging on a gibbet and holding a heart in his hand as if he had been stealing hearts. Sometimes it was an old witch riding through the air on a broom and carrying her husband on her nose. But the lawyer did not like such jokes, and he would say as he had just said, âHow can anyone put such nonsense into a childâs head! what absurd fancies there are!â But to little Ida, all these stories which the student told her about the flowers, seemed very droll, and she thought over them a great deal. The flowers did hang their heads, because they had been dancing all night, and were very tired, and most likely they were ill. Then she took them into the room where a number of toys lay on a pretty little table, and the whole of the table drawer besides was full of beautiful things. Her doll Sophy lay in the dollâs bed asleep, and little Ida said to her, âYou must really get up Sophy, and be content to lie in the drawer to-night; the poor flowers are ill, and they must lie in your bed, then perhaps they will get well again.â So she took the doll out, who looked quite cross, and said not a single word, for she was angry at being turned out of her bed. Ida placed the flowers in the dollâs bed, and drew the quilt over them. Then she told them to lie quite still and be good, while she made some tea for them, so that they might be quite well and able to get up the next morning. And she drew the curtains close round the little bed, so that the sun might not shine in their eyes. During the whole evening she could not help thinking of what the student had told her. And before she went to bed herself, she was obliged to peep behind the curtains into the garden where all her motherâs beautiful flowers grew, hyacinths and tulips, and many others.Â Then she whispered to them quite softly, âI know you are going to a ball to-night.â But the flowers appeared as if they did not understand, and not a leaf moved; still Ida felt quite sure she knew all about it. She lay awake a long time after she was in bed, thinking how pretty it must be to see all the beautiful flowers dancing in the kingâs garden. âI wonder if my flowers have really been there,â she said to herself, and then she fell asleep. In the night she awoke; she had been dreaming of the flowers and of the student, as well as of the tiresome lawyer who found fault with him. It was quite still in Idaâs bedroom; the night-lamp burnt on the table, and her father and mother were asleep. âI wonder if my flowers are still lying in Sophyâs bed,â she thought to herself; âhow much I should like to know.â She raised herself a little, and glanced at the door of the room where all her flowers and playthings lay; it was partly open, and as she listened, it seemed as if some one in the room was playing the piano, but softly and more prettily than she had ever before heard it. âNow all the flowers are certainly dancing in there,â she thought, âoh how much I should like to see them,â but she did not dare move for fear of disturbing her father and mother.Â âIf they would only come in here,â she thought; but they did not come, and the music continued to play so beautifully, and was so pretty, that she could resist no longer. She crept out of her little bed, went softly to the door and looked into the room. Oh what a splendid sight there was to be sure! There was no night-lamp burning, but the room appeared quite light, for the moon shone through the window upon the floor, and made it almost like day. All the hyacinths and tulips stood in two long rows down the room, not a single flower remained in the window, and the flower-pots were all empty. The flowers were dancing gracefully on the floor, making turns and holding each other by their long green leaves as they swung round. At the piano sat a large yellow lily which little Ida was sure she had seen in the summer, for she remembered the student saying she was very much like Miss Lina, one of Idaâs friends.Â They all laughed at him then, but now it seemed to little Ida as if the tall, yellow flower was really like the young lady. She had just the same manners while playing, bending her long yellow face from side to side, and nodding in time to the beautiful music. Then she saw a large purple crocus jump into the middle of the table where the playthings stood, go up to the dollâs bedstead and draw back the curtains; there lay the sick flowers, but they got up directly, and nodded to the others as a sign that they wished to dance with them. The old rough doll, with the broken mouth, stood up and bowed to the pretty flowers. They did not look ill at all now, but jumped about and were very merry, yet none of them noticed little Ida. Presently it seemed as if something fell from the table. Ida looked that way, and saw a slight carnival rod jumping down among the flowers as if it belonged to them; it was, however, very smooth and neat, and a little wax doll with a broad brimmed hat on her head, like the one worn by the lawyer, sat upon it. The carnival rod hopped about among the flowers on its three red stilted feet, and stamped quite loud when it danced the Mazurka; the flowers could not perform this dance, they were too light to stamp in that manner. All at once the wax doll which rode on the carnival rod seemed to grow larger and taller, and it turned round and said to the paper flowers, âHow can you put such things in a childâs head? they are all foolish fancies;â and then the doll was exactly like the lawyer with the broad brimmed hat, and looked as yellow and as cross as he did; but the paper dolls struck him on his thin legs, and he shrunk up again and became quite a little wax doll. This was very amusing, and Ida could not help laughing.Â The carnival rod went on dancing, and the lawyer was obliged to dance also. It was no use, he might make himself great and tall, or remain a little wax doll with a large black hat; still he must dance. Then at last the other flowers interceded for him, especially those who had lain in the dollâs bed, and the carnival rod gave up his dancing. At the same moment a loud knocking was heard in the drawer, where Idaâs doll Sophy lay with many other toys. Then the rough doll ran to the end of the table, laid himself flat down upon it, and began to pull the drawer out a little way. Then Sophy raised himself, and looked round quite astonished, âThere must be a ball here to-night,â said Sophy. âWhy did not somebody tell me?â âWill you dance with me?â said the rough doll. âYou are the right sort to dance with, certainly,â said she, turning her back upon him. Then she seated herself on the edge of the drawer, and thought that perhaps one of the flowers would ask her to dance; but none of them came. Then she coughed, âHem, hem, a-hem;â but for all that not one came. The shabby doll now danced quite alone, and not very badly, after all. As none of the flowers seemed to notice Sophy, she let herself down from the drawer to the floor, so as to make a very great noise. All the flowers came round her directly, and asked if she had hurt herself, especially those who had lain in her bed. But she was not hurt at all, and Idaâs flowers thanked her for the use of the nice bed, and were very kind to her. They led her into the middle of the room, where the moon shone, and danced with her, while all the other flowers formed a circle round them. Then Sophy was very happy, and said they might keep her bed; she did not mind lying in the drawer at all. But the flowers thanked her very much, and said,â âWe cannot live long. To-morrow morning we shall be quite dead; and you must tell little Ida to bury us in the garden, near to the grave of the canary; then, in the summer we shall wake up and be more beautiful than ever.â âNo, you must not die,â said Sophy, as she kissed the flowers. Then the door of the room opened, and a number of beautiful flowers danced in. Ida could not imagine where they could come from, unless they were the flowers from the kingâs garden. First came two lovely roses, with little golden crowns on their heads; these were the king and queen. Beautiful stocks and carnations followed, bowing to every one present. They had also music with them. Large poppies and peonies had pea-shells for instruments, and blew into them till they were quite red in the face. The bunches of blue hyacinths and the little white snowdrops jingled their bell-like flowers, as if they were real bells. Then came many more flowers: blue violets, purple heartâs-ease, daisies, and lilies of the valley, and they all danced together, and kissed each other. It was very beautiful to behold. At last the flowers wished each other good-night. Then little Ida crept back into her bed again, and dreamt of all she had seen. When she arose the next morning, she went quickly to the little table, to see if the flowers were still there. She drew aside the curtains of the little bed. There they all lay, but quite faded; much more so than the day before. Sophy was lying in the drawer where Ida had placed her; but she looked very sleepy. âDo you remember what the flowers told you to say to me?â said little Ida. But Sophy looked quite stupid, and said not a single word. âYou are not kind at all,â said Ida; âand yet they all danced with you.â Then she took a little paper box, on which were painted beautiful birds, and laid the dead flowers in it. âThis shall be your pretty coffin,â she said; âand by and by, when my cousins come to visit me, they shall help me to bury you out in the garden; so that next summer you may grow up again more beautiful than ever.â Her cousins were two good-tempered boys, whose names were James and Adolphus. Their father had given them each a bow and arrow, and they had brought them to show Ida. She told them about the poor flowers which were dead; and as soon as they obtained permission, they went with her to bury them. The two boys walked first, with their crossbows on their shoulders, and little Ida followed, carrying the pretty box containing the dead flowers. They dug a little grave in the garden. Ida kissed her flowers and then laid them, with the box, in the earth. James and Adolphus then fired their crossbows over the grave, as they had neither guns nor cannons. Jaka Tarub dan 7 Bidadari . Once upon a time there was a widow who lived in the village of Dadapan.Â She had a son whose name was Joko Tarup.Â Dadapan village was close to a wood so Joko Tarup liked to go to the wood.Â He liked hunting for animals with his blowpipe. One day when he was in the wood he saw a beautiful rainbow and he saw seven angels went down through it.Â He came closer and searched for them.Â The seven angels were swimming and taking a bath in a lake.Â Joko Tarup looked at them while hiding behind trees.Â When they had finished taking a bath, they flew through the rainbow to heaven.Â The next day he saw the same thing again.Â This time Joko Tarup had an idea.Â He searched for their dress and when he found them he took one of them.Â As they had finished swimming and taking a bath, they looked for their dress.Â One of them could not find her dress.Â Her friends had to come back to heaven so they left her.Â She was crying while staying in the water.Â Joko Tarup approached her. âWhy are you crying lady?â âI lose my dress so I cannot go homeâ âWhere is your home?â âI live in heaven.Â Iâm an angel.Â My name is Nawang Wulan.Â But I lose my dress so I cannot fly anymoreâ âI you donât mind I will take my motherâs dress for youâ âOK, please doâ âWait for me here, Iâll be backâ Then Joko Tarup went home to take her motherâs dress and gave it to Nawang Wulan.Â He asked her to stay at her house with his mother.Â Not long after that Joko Tarup married Nawang Wulan.Â As an angel Nawang Wulan had spiritual power.Â She had ability which far above human being.Â She could cook rice with just a bar of rice and when it had done the bowl will be full of rice.Â But there was one condition.Â The bowl must not be opened before it has done.Â Joko Tarup was very surprised with her wifeâs ability. He was very curious about it.Â So when Nawang Wulan was away he opened the bowl.Â Consequently Nawangâs spiritual power disappeared.Â She had to cook as ordinary human being.Â Â Â Several months later Nawang Wulan gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.Â Her name was Nawang Sih.Â The birth of Nawang Sih added happiness to Joko Tarup and Nawang Wulan. Since Nawang Wulan could not cook efficiently anymore, she needed more rice than usual.Â The stock of rice in their store room diminished rapidly.Â Then one day when she took rice there she was very surprised.Â Nawang Wulan found her angel dress.Â It was hidden there under piles of rice.Â She immediately wore it and talked to Joko Tarup.Â âMy dear husband, now I know what you did to meâ âForgive me, my dear.Â I admit that I did this because I love youâ âI love you too.Â But now I find my dress.Â I must come back to heaven.Â I am an angel.Â My place is not here.Â I have to go nowâ. âHow about Nawang Sih?Â She needs youâ âI will leave her but donât worry.Â I will take care of her.Â Anytime she needs me I will be here.Â For that purpose please build a tower. When Nawang Sih cries put her there then call my name. I will come immediately.Â But I will be invisible to you.Â Good bye dearâ Then Joko Tarup built a tower behind his house.Â Every time Nawang Sih cried he would put her there.Â Nawang Wulan would come and take care of Nawang Sih. Timun Emas Long time ago in the island of Java, Indonesia, lived a couple of farmer.Â They had married for some years but they had no children.Â So they prayed to a monster called Buta Ijo to give them children. Â Buta Ijo was a ferocious and powerful monster.Â He granted their wish on one condition.Â When their children had grown up, they had to sacrifice them to Buta Ijo.Â He liked eating fresh meat of human being.Â The farmers agreed to his condition.Â Several months later the wife was pregnant. She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.Â They named her Timun Emas.Â The farmers were happy.Â Timun Emas was very healthy and a very smart girl.Â She was also very diligent. When she was a teenager Buta Ijo came to their house.Â Timun Emas was frightened so she ran away to hide.Â The farmers then told Buta Ijo that Timun Emas was still a child.Â They asked him to postpone.Â Buta Ijo agreed.Â He promised to come again.Â The following year Buta Ijo came again.Â But again and again their parents said that Timun Emas was still a child.Â When the third time Buta Ijo came their parents had prepared something for him.Â They gave Timun Emas several bamboo needles, seeds of cucumber, dressing and salt.Â âTimun, take these thingsâ âWhat are these things?â âThese are your weapons.Â Buta Ijo will chase you.Â He will eat you alive.Â So run as fast as you can.Â And if he will catch you spread this to the ground.Â Now go!â Timun Emas was scared so she ran as quickly as she could.Â When Buta Ijo arrived she was far from home.Â He was very angry when he realized that his prey had left.Â So he ran to chase her.Â He had a sharp nose so he knew what direction his prey ran.Â Timun Emas was just a girl while Buta Ijo was a monster so he could easily catch her up.Â When he was just several steps behind Timun Emas quickly spread the seeds of cucumber.Â In seconds they turned into many vines of cucumber.Â The exhausted Buta Ijo was very thirsty so he grabbed and ate them.Â When Buta Ijo was busy eating cucumber Timun Emas could run away. But soon Buta Ijo realized and started running again.Â When he was just several steps behind Timun Emas threw her bamboo needles.Â Â Soon they turned into dense bamboo trees. Buta Ijo found it hard to pass.Â It took him some time to break the dense bamboo forest.Â Meanwhile Timun Emas could run farther. Buta Ijo chased her again.Â When he almost catch her again and again Timun Emas threw her dressing.Â This time it turned into a lake.Â Buta Ijo was busy to save himself so Timun Emas ran way.Â But Buta Ijo could overcome it and continued chasing her. Finally when Timun Emas was almost caught she threw her salt.Â Soon the land where Buta Ijo stood turned into ocean.Â Buta Ijo was drowned and died instantly.Â Timun Emas was thankful to god and came back to her home. Legenda Batu Gantung Kota Parapat . Once, in a rural village next to Lake Toba North Sumatera, there lived a husband and a wife with a beautiful daughter named Seruni. Not only was she beautiful, Seruni was also very diligent in helping her parents in the field. Every day this family worked in this field on the edge of Lake Toba, and the outcomes are used for their daily needs. One day, Seruni went to the field alone, because his parents went to a neighboring village. Seruni was only accompanied by her beloved dog named Toki's. Arriving at the farm, she didnât work but he just sat there looking at the natural beauty of Lake Toba as if she had solved a difficult problem. While the dog, the Toki, came sitting next to her, staring at her face as if he knew what Seruni thought. Once in a while the dog barked to distract Seruni, but she is not teased. The last few days Seruni looked glum. He was very sad, because she was given in marriage by her parents with a young man who was his cousin. Though she had chosen his loved man and she had promised to live together with him. She was very confused. On the one hand she did not want to disappoint her parents, and she could not afford to part with her love. Because of being unable to bear the heavy burden, he was getting hopeless. "Yes, Lord! I am not able to live with this burden, "complained the Seruni. A few moments later, Seruni moved from his seat. With tears, she walked slowly toward the Lake Toba. Apparently she wanted to end his life by jumping into the lake's and the Toki, followed his master from behind while barking. With a mind raging, Seruni walked toward the cliffs of Lake Toba without paying attention to the road in its path. Unexpectedly, she suddenly fell into a hole. The rocky ground that made the hole was getting dark. Seruni girl is very scared. "Help.. Help.. Help.., Toki! "Seruni voice asking for help to her beloved dog. The Toki understoodÂ if Seruni required his help, but he could not do anything except just barking at the hole. Seruni screamed several times for help, but the Toki really could not afford helping her. Finally she was getting desperate. "Ah, I'd rather die than live a long time to suffer," Seruni resigned. Rock walls were moving ever closer. "Parapat...! Parapat Parapat ... "ordered Seruni to press her body withthe stone Being unable to help Seruni, Toki immediately ran home to ask for help. Arriving at the master's house, he immediately went to Seruni parents. "Auggg ...! auggg ...! auggg ... "Toki's barking while clawing at the ground to tell the parents that the Seruni in danger. "Toki ..., where is Seruni? What happened to her? "Asked the father to the dog's Seruni. "Auggg ...! auggg ...! auggg ...! "he continued barking and ran back and forth to invite them to a place. "Sir, it looks like Seruni in danger," said the mother of Seruni. "Mom was right. The Toki invites us to follow, "said the father of Seruni. "But how do we get there? "Said the mother. "You prepare a torch! I'll be looking for help to neighbors, "cried the father. Soon, the whole neighborhood had gathered at the home page Seruni's father, carrying the torch. After that they followed the Toki to the scene. Once they were in the field, the Toki directly toward the mouth of the hole. Both parents of Seruni immediately approached the mouth of the hole. What a surprise when they saw a hole big enough rock on the edge of their field. In the pit was heard the faint sound of a woman: "Parapat ...! Parapat Parapat stone ...! " "Sir, listen to that voice! That voice is of our child! Seruniâs mother cried frantically. "Yes, ma'am! That sounds Seruni! "Replied the father panic. "But, why would he shout: Parapat, parapatlah stone?" Asked the mother. "I do not know, mom! It seems like there's something wrong in there, "said the father anxiously. A Farmer was trying to light up the hole with a torch, but the bottom of the hole was so deep that it can not be penetrated by torchlight. "Seruniii ...! Seruniii ...! "Cried the father of Seruni. "Seruni ... my daughter! The mother and father came to help you! "Her mother shouted. Several times they yelled, but they did not get a response from Seruni. Only voice drifted Seruni who sent the stone closer to squeezing. "Parapat ...! Parapatlah stone ...! Parapat! " "Seruniiii ... my daughter!" Once again the mother screaming and crying hysterically Seruni. People in attendance at the place were trying to help. One held ropes to the bottom of the hole, but the slap was not touched at all. Seruni's father increasingly concerned with the state of her father. He also decided to follow her foray into the rock pit. "Mom, hold the torch!" Command of the father. "Where do you want to go?" Asked the mother. "I'm following the Seruni into the hole," he replied firmly. "No dad, it's dangerous!" Prevent the mother. "Yes sir, the hole was very deep and dark," said people A moment later, suddenly heard a roar. The earth shook violently as if to an end. Rock hole suddenly closes itself. The cliffs at the edge of Lake Toba was falling. Seruni's father and mother and all the people ran thither to escape. They left the mouth of the hole the rock, so that poor Seruni could not be rescued from the crush of rock. Some time after the earthquake stopped, suddenly appeared a large rock that resembles a girl's body and as if hanging on the wall of the cliff at the edge of Lake Toba. Local people believe that the stone is the embodiment Seruni oppressed in the hole. By those stones were then given the name "Hanging Rock". (BATU GANTUNG) A few days later, fame spread the word about the events that befall her. The people flocked to the scene to see the "Hanging Rock" is. Residents who witnessed the incident told other people that before the hole was closed, a voice: "... Parapat Parapat parapat stone ...!" Rara Jonggrang Inside the northern chamber Shiva temple in Prambanan temple in Central Java, Indonesia, there is a stone statue of a beautiful woman.Â She stands on a bull.Â She wears a crown and jewelry.Â Her body is slim.Â Who is she?Â There is no doubt that she is Durga Mahisasuramardini, a Hindu goddess.Â But the Javanese people have their own story about her. Here is the story. A long long time ago in central Java lived a wise king.Â His name was Prabu Boko.Â He had a beautiful daughter whose name was Roro Jonggrang.Â They lived in a palace on top of a hill.Â At present we can visit the ruins of the palace that is located about two miles south of Prambanan temple.Â The palace is called kraton Boko. His country was so prosperous that another king was jealous.Â There was a neighboring kingdom under king Bandung Bondowoso.Â One day king Bandung attacked Prabu Boko.Â In a fierce fight King Boko was killed and his kingdom was conquered.Â The young Bandung Bondowoso fell in love with Roro Jonggrang when he saw her beauty.Â He wanted to marry her so he proposed her.Â But Roro Jonggrang definitely did not want to marry someone who had murdered her father.Â So she gave a difficult condition. She told Bandung that she would marry him if he could build one thousand temples in one night.Â Bandung was surprised but he was optimistic he could meet the condition.Â He was a powerful king and he had many friends among the genie and spirits.Â So he asked them for help.Â With the help of those invisible beings Bandung built the temples. Meanwhile Roro Jonggrang and her people kept an eye on Bandung.Â When it was almost dawn Bandung and the genie had built nine hundred ninety nine temples.Â Roro Jonggrang was very worried.Â Â If Bandung could meet her condition, she had to marry him.Â Then she had a bright idea.Â She ordered her people to make noise and lights.Â Women were ordered to cook and make noise by hitting kitchen utensils.Â Men were also ordered to make noise around the temples.Â Then the genie thought that daylight had come.Â They were afraid of the sunlight so they left immediately.Â Without their help Bandung was unable to finish the temple. Bandung was very angry.Â He knew that it was a dirty trick from Roro Jonggrang.Â Then he cursed Roro Jonggrang into a statue.Â The statue of Roro Jonggrang is now inside the northern chamber of the main temple which was dedicated to Shiva in Prambanan temple. Legenda Telaga Warna . Long, long ago there was a kingdom in West Java. The kingdom was ruled by a king. People called their king His Majesty Prabu. Prabu was a kind and wise king. No wonder if that country was prosperous. Thereâs no hunger in this kingdom. It was a very happy condition. But it was a pity that Prabu and his queen hadnât got any children. It made the royal couple very, very sad. Some old men and women who was respected by Prabu suggested the king to adopt a child. But Prabu and the queen didnât agree. âNo, thank you. But for us, our own daughter or son is better than adopted children.â The queen was very sad. She often cried. That was why Prabu decided to go. He went to the jungle. There he prayed to God. Everyday he begged for a child. His dream came true. A few months later, the queen got pregnant. All people in the kingdom felt happy. They sent many presents to the palace to express their happiness. Nine months later a princess was born. People sent their presents again as a gift to a little princess. This baby grew as a beautiful teenager then. Prabu and Queen loved their daughter so much. They gave what ever she wanted. It made Princess a very spoiled girl. When her wish couldnât be realized, she became very angry. She even said bad things often. A true princess wouldnât do that. Even though the princess behaved badly, her parents loved her, so did the people in that kingdom. Day by day, the princess grew more beautiful. No girls could compare with her. In a few days, Princess would be 17 years old. So, people of that kingdom went to palace. They brought many presents for her. Their presents gift were very beautiful. Prabu collected the presents. There were really many presents. Then Prabu stored them in a building. Some times he could take them to give to his people. Prabu only took some gold and jewels. Then she brought them to the goldsmith. âPlease make a beautiful necklace for my daughter,â said Prabu. âMy pleasure, Your Majesty,â the goldsmith replied. The goldsmith worked with all his heart and his ability. He wanted to create the most beautiful necklace in the world because he loved his princess. The birthday came. People gathered in the palace field. When Prabu and queen appeared, people welcomed them happily. Prabu and his wife waved to their beloved people. Cheers were louder and louder when the princess appeared with her fabulous pretty face. Everybody admired her beauty. Prabu got up from his chair. A lady gave him a small and glamorous pillow. A wonderful necklace was on it. Prabu took that necklace. âMy beloved daughter, today I give this necklace to you. This necklace is a gift from people in this country. They love you so much. They presented it for you to express their happiness, because you have growing to a woman. Please, wear this necklace,â said Prabu. Princess accepted the necklace. She looked at the necklace in a glance. âI donât want to accept it! Itâs ugly!â shouted the princess. Then she threw the necklace. The beautiful necklace was broken. The gold and jewels were spread out on the floor Everybody couldnât say anything. They never thought that their beloved princess would do that cruel thing. Nobody spoke. In their silence people heard the queen crying. Every woman felt sad and began crying too. Then everybody was crying. Then there was a miracle. Earth was crying. Suddenly, from the under ground, a spring emerged. It made a pool of water. The palace was getting full. Soon the place became a big lake. The lake sank all of the kingdom. Nowadays the water on that lake is not as full as before. There is only a small lake now. People called the lake âTalaga Warnaâ. It is mean âLake of Colourâ. Itâs located in Puncak, West Java. On a bright day, the lake is full of colour. So beautiful and amazing. These colors come from shadows of forest, plants, flowers, and sky around the lake. But some people said that the colours are from the princessâs necklace, which spreads at the bottom of the lake. Sumber Talaga Warna Legenda Ular Dandaung Once upon a time, lays a great kingdom. The region of the kingdom are rich in natural resources the people of the kingdom are prosperous, because the kingdom is lead by a wise king. Many people coma to the kingdom and lives there. The prosperity is well spread among the people of the kingdom. The other kingdoms are amazed and respect the kingdom because of the prosperity. They are getting some benefits too with fair trades with the kingdom. Unfortunately, peace did not last long. Unexpected disaster came upon them. They are not attacked by enemies who envied the prosperity and harmony of the kingdom, but by a giant bird that suddenly appeared. The sky became pitch black as the bird's body is very big. Flap wings deafening. Because the invasion of giant bird was so sudden, the people of the kingdom of extraordinary panic. They are confused and do not know what to do deal with that atmosphere. They thought doomsday had arrived. In the blink of an eye, the kingdom was destroyed perish with everything in it. Building razed to the ground. Trees fall. People met death by falling trees or buried in the rubble of their homes and buildings. Like a lost country, which previously fertile prosperous kingdom into an open field. No plants, animals and humans there, accept the king with the empress and the seventh daughter. They are confused and scared, perhaps came the second attack. If that happened, this is the end their history. With the giant bird is easy to see them because not even a leaf weeds can be a place for shelter. However, they remain thankful to God because they have survived the catastrophe. In the uncertain situation, they were surprised again by events that made them increasingly desperate. I do not know where it came from; all of a sudden a giant snake is appears in front of them. The snake opened its mouth so big and venomous tongue moving in and out of her mouth. King along with the empress and the seven daughters gathered into one group. The king thought, if they should die, at least they die together although as a giant snake prey. Snake dandaung "Your majesty needs not be afraid," suddenly the snake speak the human language. "I'm not going to interfere with His Excellency, the empress, and the daughters of your majesty, if your majesty granted one of my requests. The king is surprised to hear the giant snakes could speak human language "Who are you? What is your wish? "The king asked "My name is Dandaung"said the giant snake. "I want to marry one of his Majesty's daughters." The king stunned for a moment, after hearing the request of Dandaung Snake. A giant snake wanted to marry his daughter? It makes no sense to marry a human with a snake. But he did not dare to refuse for fear of consequences. "I do not deny, but did not receive your proposal," said the king. "I must ask this to my daughter one by one!" The king asked his daughter one by one. The eldest daughter until the sixth one, refused to marry the Dandaung Snake. The king gets worry about the consequences they will receive if his entire daughter refused. "I'm willing to be his wife," youngest daughter said to his father The youngest daughter decision made her older sister mocking her. But her decision is already set and cannot be changed. They soon married. In their first night, the youngest daughter woke up from sleep. She was very surprised because it was not Snake Dandaung lying on his side but a handsome man. The man said to his wife, "I'm not someone else, I'm your husband, the Snake Dandaung. I am a king who was freed from the curse. " The king and queen were surprised to see the incident. However, they were proud to him, who is very handsome, and a royal degree. The other princess feels regrets and wondering why they would not want to accept the marriage proposal. The man also have great skill, a giant bird that destroys the royal can be conquered and killed. He also builds up a new empire, complete with all equipment and buildings. The people come again and live in the kingdoms territory, they believe that living in the new kingdom will make them feel comfort and guarded from the giant birds attack. They also have heard about the king's wisdom and the prosperity of the kingdom in the past. The king now ruled the new kingdom once again. He is replaced by the snake Dandaung in the later time and live happily ever after with his wife.