The Story of Cindelaras

The Story of Cindelaras

       The Story of Cindelaras. Long time ago in the island of Java there was a kingdom named Jenggala Kingdom. The kingdom led by Raden Putra. He had a beautiful and kind consort. He also had a beautiful concubine. Contrary to the queen, the concubine had bad personalities. She was jealous with the consort, so she planned to make the consort leave the palace. By doing so, she could be the new consort.

       The concubine asked the palace physician to help her do her bad plan. The physician agreed to help her. They was implementing the plan they had.

      The concubine of the king pretended to severe pain. The palace physician immediately was called by the King. After checking the concubine, the physician said that there was someone who had put poison in princess’ drink.

        “I am so sorry Your Majesty, there is none who are able to put the poison, except the consort.” said the physician. The king became angry to hear the explanation of the palace physician. Without thinking deeply and without checking this information, he immediately ordered his soldiers to bring the queen to the jungle and kill her.  Soon the soldiers took her to the jungle.  But when they were there the soldiers took a pity on her.  They did not want to kill her because she was a kind and wise consort and at that time she was pregnant.  So they built a house and let the consort live there.  Then they brought back to palace a deer’s heart to show the king that they had killed her.

       Arriving to the palace, the soldiers reported to the king that they had killed the consort by showing the heart of the deer. The King was satisfied when the soldiers reported that they had killed the consort.

       After a few months of being in the jungle, the consort born a boy. The child was named Cindelaras. Cindelaras grew into an intelligent and handsome boy. Since childhood he had been friends with some the animals.

       One day, when he was playing, an eagle dropped a chicken egg. Cindelaras then took the egg home and after 3 weeks, the eggs hatched. Cindelaras diligently maintained the chick. The chick grew into a strong cock. But there was one strange from the chicken. Crowing sound was different from the other cocks. “Kukuruyuk … lord Cindelaras, his house is in the middle of the jungle, the roof of palm leaves, and his father is Raden Putra …”, the crowing of the cock

       Cindelaras was amazed to hear the crowing cock and ran back home, he immediately showed to his mother. Then, Cindelaras’ mother told the origin of why they were in the jungle. Listening the story from his mother, Cindelaras decided to go to the palace to meet the king and expose evil king’s concubine.

       After getting his mother’s permission, Cindelaras went to the palace accompanied by his cock. On his way, Cindelaras stopped at a village. There, he met some people who were involved in cockfighting. When they saw Cindelaras brought a cock, they challenged him to fight his cock with their cock.

       “If your cock wins, you’ll get a reward,” said one the men who challenged him. Cindelaras accepted the challenge. In a few minutes, his cock defeated the opponent’s cock. He was challenged again by other man, and one more time, his cock won. He won again and again.

       News about the strength of Cindelaras’ cock spread quickly up to the palace of Jenggala kingdom and it made Raden Putra was curious. So, he invited Cindelaras to the palace.

       “What is your name, boy?” Raden Putra asked when Cindelaras arrived in the palace. “My name is Cindelaras, Your Majesty,” Cindelaras answered. He felt happy to see Raden Putra.

       Raden Putra challenged Cindelaras with one condition. If Raden Putra’s cock won, Cindelaras’ head would be cut off. But if Cindelaras’ cock 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 cocks fought bravely. But in just a few minutes, Cindelaras’ cock won the fight! Raden Putra shook his head and stared at Cindelaras from his seat, “That cock is no ordinary cock, and the boy is not an ordinaty boy either. Who is he exactly?” he thought. Raden Putra was about to asked when suddenly Cindelaras’ cock was crowing, “Kukuruyuk … lord Cindelaras, his house is in the middle of the jungle, the roof of palm leaves, and his father is Raden Putra …”

       Raden Putra was surprised. “Is it true?” he asked. “Yes, Your Majesty. My name is Cindelaras and my mother was the consort,” said Cindelaras. Raden putra called the general of the soldiers who had banished the consort. The general then confessed that he never killed the queen. Later, the palace physician also admitted his mistake. Raden Putra was so shocked. He immediately went to the woods to pick up the consort. Ever since, Cindelaras and his parents lived happily together. As for the concubine, she was sent to the jail as punishment.

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