The Legend of Nyi Roro Kidul. Nyi Roro Kidul or the Queen of the South Ocean (Indonesian = Ratu Pantai Selatan) is very famous legend in Indonesia, especially for Javanese people. This legend is about legendary Indonesian female spirit or deity. For the complete legend, let’s go to the following story.
Long time ago in West Java, There was a kingdom named Padjajaran Kingdom, the kingdom was ruled by Prabu Munding Wangi. He had a beautiful daughter named Dewi Lara Kaditha. She was very beautiful girl and friendly, all of the people in the kingdom were really like her, especially the king. However, although he had a beautiful daughter he was still unhappy because he expected to have a son. The King then decided to merry Dewi Mutiara, and he had a son from her. He was very happy. His son’s name was Dammar.
Dewi Mutiara : “Your Majesty, could you accede my wish?”
Prabu Munding Wangi : “What do you want my wife? I would try to accede it!”
Dewi Mutiara : “I want that our son could be a king”
Dewi Mutiara : “But Dammar is our son. Man is better than woman! If you would not give your throne to him, why did you really want to have a son?”
Prabu Munding Wangi : “He would not replace me as a king! So, I want Dewi Lara Kaditha become a queen in this kingdom.”
In the morning before the sun raised, Dewi Mutiara sent her maid to call a black magician. She wanted the black magician to curse Dewi Lara Kaditha, her step daughter.” I want her beautiful body full with scabies and itch. If you are success I will reward you with the present you never thought before”. The black magician did the queen order, in the night Dewi Lara Kaditha body has been full with scabies and itch. When she waked up, she found her body was smell stinky and have an ulcer all over her body. The beautiful princess cried and did not know what to do. So, she run to meet her father. When The King knew this, he was very sad.
Prabu Munding Wangi : “What’s wrong with you, lara? “
Dewi Lara Kaditha : “I didn’t know, father! When I woke up, I found that my body like this. What can I do? ”
The king was really panic, he did not know what he could do to help his daughter, so finally the king he invited many physician to cure her daughter illness. Day by the day nobody could cure her daughter. He realized that her daughter illness it was not an ordinary illness someone must send a curse or magic spell. His problem became more difficult when the Queen Dewi Mutiara forced him to send away her daughter. “Your daughter will bring a bad luck to whole country, said Dewi Mutiara. The king did not want her daughter become a bad rumor in whole country.
Finally he had to agree to send her only daughter to leave the country. The poor princess went alone, she didn’t know to where she should go. She almost could not cry anymore. She had a nobble heart. She did not have any bad feeling with her step mother, instead she always asked the God to accompany her passed her suffer.
Almost seven days and seven nights she had walked until she came to South Ocean. She looked at the ocean. It was so clean and clear, unlike other ocean which have a blue or green color. She jumped onto the water and swim.
Suddenly when the south ocean water touched her skin there was a miracle happened. Her ulcer has gone and there was no sign that she has ever had a scabies or itch. Even more she became more beautiful than before. But she would not came back to the kingdom, she wanted all of the people in the kingdom just knew that she had died. So, she walked to in the middle of beach until she disappear. But, in this legend, actually Dewi Lara Kaditha was never died. She became a fairy called Nyi Roro Kidul or The Queen of South Ocean who lived forever.