The Legend of Timun Mas. Welcome back for the dearest visitors in my blog. After I’d shared The Legend of Tangkuban Perahu Mountain and The Legend of Banyuwangi, in this occasion I would like to share about Timun Mas, a folklore from Central Java. Below is the story.
Long-long time ago, there lived a couple near the jungle. They were farmers. They were diligent farmers and they always worked hard in the paddy fields. They had been married for many years but they hadn’t had a child yet. Every day they prayed and prayed for a child. Once the husband of the couple died. The woman was sad because her husband had passed away, but she continued praying for having a child. She was mbok Sirni. Every day, she still prayed so God would give her a child.
One night, when she was praying, a giant passed her house and heard her pray. He then met her. “I can give you a baby on one condition,” the giant said to Mbok Sirni, “You must promise to give the child back to me when she is teenagers old.” Mbok Sirni was so happy; she did not think about the risk of losing the child later and agreed to take the giant’s offer. The giant then gave her a bunch of cucumber seeds. “Plant it around your house.” The giant then left without saying anything else.
In the morning, Mbok Sirni planted the seeds. The seeds grew within mere days, and blossomed plentifully. No longer after that, a big golden cucumber grew from plants. Carefully, Mbok Sirni plucked the golden cucumber and carried it home. With caution and care, she sliced the cucumber. She was very surprised to see a beautiful baby girl inside the cucumber. “Oh my God, is it real? She is very cute, very beautiful, the giant keeps his promise. Thank you the giant, Thank you God”. She then named the baby Timun Mas (it means Golden Cucumber).
Years passed by and Timun Mas had grown to become a lovely and beautiful little girl. She was also smart and kind. Mbok Sirni loved her very much. But she kept thinking about the time the giant would take Timun Mas away from her. One night, Mbok Sirni had a dream. In order to save Timun Mas from the giant, she had to meet the holy man who lived in Mount Gundul. The next morning, Mbok Sirni took leave of Timun Mas to go to Mount Gundul. The holy man then gave her four little bags, each one containing cucumber seeds, needles, salt, and shrimp paste. “Here for you Mbok sirni, Sometime Timun Mas can use these to protect herself,” said the holy man to Mbok Sirni.
A few days later, the giant came to see Mbok Sirni about her promise. “Mbok Sirni.. Mbok Sirni.. Mbok Sirni, where are you? I will take your daughter..! Where is Timun Mas?” shouted the giant.
“My daughter, take these bag with you. It can save you from the giant. Now, run through the back door,” said Mbok Sirni in hurried. But the giant saw Timun Mas running to the woods.
The giant was angry. Starved and enraged, he rushed toward Timun Mas. Mbok Sirni tried to stop him, but the giant was unstoppable.
Ho..ho..ho,Little Girl you think you can run away from me. No way !..Come on…I shall get you. Shouted the giant.
The giant was getting closer and closer. Know this situation, Timun Mas opened the first bag she had got from Mbok Sirni. Inside the bag there were cucumber seeds. She threw the seeds, and instantly they grew into large cucumber field. But the giant ate them all, giving him more strength. As the giant was getting close, Timun Mas took the second bag with needles inside and spilled the content behind her. The needles directly turned into bamboo trees, sharp and thorny. The giant’s body was scratched and bled. “Aaargh, I’ll get you, Timun Mas!” shouted the giant as he tried to get himself out from the bamboo field. He made it and still chasing Timun Mas.
Timun Mas then reached the third bag and spilled the salt inside. The ground which the salt touched turned into a deep sea. The giant almost drown and had to swim to cross the sea. After some time, he managed to get out from the water. Timun Mas saw the giant coming, so she reached for the last bag. She took the shrimp paste and threw it. The shrimp paste became a big swamp of boiling mud. The giant was trapped in the middle of the swamp. The mud slowly but surely drowned him. Helpless, he roared out, “Help! Heeeeelp…! Heeeeeeeeelp…..!” Then the giant drown and died. Timun Mas then immediately went home.