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The Legend of Reog Ponorogo

The Legend of Reog Ponorogo

 The Legend of Reog Ponorogo. Long-long time ago in Java, there was a big kingdom. The kingdom’s name was Kediri. The kingdom was ruled by a very old king. He had a beautiful daughter named Dewi Sanggalangit. Her beauty was very famous from her father’s kingdom up to neighboring Kingdoms. There were many kings and prince who wanted to ask for her to be his wife.

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 Unfortunately, Dewi Sanggalangit seemed not keen enough to settle down. It inevitably confused her parents. In fact, her parents have been very long time for the presence of a grandchild. “My daughter, when will you stop to reject every man who propose you?” asked the King one day.

 “My Father … actually I am not willing to get married yet. But if you insist me to settle down at the soonest, I’ll do. However, I have request some conditions that must be fulfilled by someone who will be my spouse.

 “Then what are your request should be fulfilled by them, my daughter?”

 “I don’t know …” read more

Damar Wulan Versus Minak Jinggo

Damar Wulan Versus Minak Jinggo

The Legend of Damar Wulan Part 2

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 Damar Wulan Versus Minak Jinggo. The Legend of Damar Wulan Part 2. Meanwhile at that time the kingdom of Majapahit faced a very serious problem because of the rebellion of Minak Jinggo. He was a half-brother of the Kecono Wungu Queen. He was a prince of Majapahit and a highly respected general of the Majapahit army. For his great achievement for his country his father appointed him as the ruler for the kingdom of Blambangan, a vassal state under Majapahit. When his father passed away he was sure that he would become the successor. But he was very disappointed when his father appointed his sister instead. He thought that he was more capable than Kencono Wungu so he rebelled.

 Minak Jinggo proved to be a good general. Under his leadership, the Blambangan army could win several battles with Majapahit army. The territory of Majapahit one by one fell to Blambangan. At the time the morale of the Majapahit army was already down. They were not sure that they could win the war. So every day the queen and the prime minister met to discuss the worsening situation. Some weeks went by but still they did not have any ideas to solve the problem. Every report they received about the war was only about the defeat of the Majapahit army. read more

Sangkuriang (The Legend of Tangkuban Perahu)

Sangkuriang The Legend of Tanngkuban Perahu

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  Sangkuriang (The Legend of Tangkuban Perahu). Once upon a time in West Java, Indonesia, lived a princess named Dayang Sumbi. She was beautiful and kind-hearted. Her hobby was weaving cloth. But sometimes she could be very lazy. One day her weaving tool fell but she was too lazy to get it herself. She shouted out, “Can anybody help me get my tool? If you are a female, I will take you as my sister. If you are a male, I will marry you!”

 A male creature came, but it was a dog. His name was Tumang. He happily brought her the tool to her. Dayang Sumbi was very surprised but she kept her promise. She married the dog. Tumang was actually a man who had been cursed by a witch to become a dog. But at certain times Tumang could turn back to be a normal man. Their only son, Sangkuriang, was soon born, and he grew up to be a handsome and healthy boy. He always played with his very loyal dog, Tumang. He did not know that he was actually his father, because Dayang Sumbi hid the secret from him. Sangkuriang liked to hunt in the woods, of course with Tumang. read more

Damar Wulan and Anjasmoro

Damar Wulan And Anjasmoro

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 Damar Wulan and Anjasmoro. The following story is about the Legend of Damar Wulan. However, I will divide the story in two sequels or two parts. They are The Legend of Damar Wulan Part 1 entitled “Damar Wulan and Anjasmoro” and The Legend of Damar Wulan Part 2 entitled “Damar Wulan Versus Minak Jinggo”. Below is the Lehend of Damar Wulan Part 1.

 Once upon a time, there was a baby born in the village of Paluh Amba. It was not far from the capital city of Majapahit. The baby’s name was Damar Wulan. He was the son of Udara, the former prime minister of Majapahit. Damar Wulan’s family live in a quiet and prosperous village outside the capital of Majapahit since his father had retired. Damar was a diligent and smart boy so he could easily learn the lessons his when father taught him. He learned martial art, religion, politics, and literature. He was very good at all those subjects. His father was very proud of him. When his father thought that he was mature enough, he asked Damar Wulan to leave the village for finding job in Majapahit Kingdom. He told Damar Wulan to apply for a job at the Prime Minister’s office. He hoped that his close relation with the new prime minister would help him get the prime minister’s attention. Furthermore, Damar Wulan was a smart boy so his father was sure Damar Wulan was capable to do any job. read more

The Legend of Rawa Pening

The Legend of Rawa Pening

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  The Legend of Rawa Pening. Long time ago in Java island there was a village. The name of the village was Pening. Pening village was a prosperous village.  The land was fertile and the weather was always good around all year.  It was on the slope of Mount Merbabu so the climate was cool.  People made their living by cultivating rice, vegetables and fruits.  The harvest was always satisfying.  So all of them were in happy life.  That’s why once a year they held a ceremony called ‘Bersih desa’.  It was a kind of thanks giving day.  It was a day when they expressed their thankfulness to God for a successful harvest.  They would clean their village and then they would pray together.  At night they would have a dinner together and held theater performances.

 One day after a successful harvest they would celebrate it.  That time they wanted something special for celebrating it.  They wanted more meat for dinner.  So they went to the jungle for hunting. Just outside of the village there was a jungle where there were many animals like deer, buffalos, mouse deer, lambs and many other.  But that day there was no animal at all.  Animals were nowhere to be seen.  They had searched every inch of the wood but still their effort was in vain.  When it was almost dark, they were very tired so they took a rest.  They sat on something that look like a rock and a big root.  Everybody was silent because they were exhausted and disappointed. read more

The Legend of Watu Ulo Beach

The Legend of Watu Ulo Beach

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 The Legend of Watu Ulo Beach. There is another version of myth of Watu Ulo Beach in Jember. The story starts below.

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 Once upon a time, there was a couple who loved each other. They were a very beautiful princess name Dewi Blater and a handsome prince called Aryo Pontang. They came from different kingdom in the neighboring area.

 Dewi Blater was a beautiful princess. She was not only beautiful princess but also a nice and kind young lovely princess. Her beauty was well-known among people in the kingdom. She was the center of those days’ life style, her attitude, clothes, shoes, and even hair styles. She also liked helping people, talking to them, even coming to the house of poor people to share food or just to say hello to them. She was an idol of all people in the kingdom. Everybody loved her. Many boys or young men wanted her to be his wife because of her beauty, good manner and kind- hearted. But that was never happened since the princess was only in love with a young handsome prince named Aryo Pontang. read more

The Legend of Timun Mas

The Legend of Timun Mas

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 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.

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 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. read more

The Legend of Toba Lake

The Legend of Toba Lake

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 The Legend of Toba Lake. There are some articles I have shared to be read related to the legend story, such as: the legend of Sarangan Lake, the legend of Tangkuban Perahu Mountain and others. And now there is another story entitled The Legend of Toba Lake. Let’s enjoy it.

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 Once upon a time, there was a poor fisherman lived nearby the river in North Sumatera. His name was Toba. He went fishing early every morning and always returned to his home at night time.

 One day while he was fishing, he was praying “God, please give me a fish. I have stand here for a long time.” Suddenly he set up his net and caught a big golden fish. “Woah, It was a very big fish. And the color is golden. So beautiful” said Toba. He fell in love with the beauty of the fish that he decided not to kill the fish, and made it as a pet instead. So, he took the fish home, cleaned a fish tank and put it in his humble kitchen.

 Starting that day, things changed slowly. Every morning the fisherman went out for fishing, no matter how he left his home in a mess, when he returned home, the house would be tidy again. Furthermore, there was always delicious food served on his dining table. The fisherman never knew how it happened, and where the food came from, and who prepared them for him. It brought enormous curiosity to him that he decided to search for the truth. read more

The Shadow of Dark Death

The Shadow of Death

  The Shadow of Dark Death. “Hasn’t he slept well?”, She asked me about my father who was still awake.

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 “He looks he’s never slept. It has been a long time I always hear his voice. Noon up to noon again. It never stops.”

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 “Why is he acting like that?”

 “I do not know? Whole event that happened, it seems to be his business”

 “Be sure, he had forgotten something!”

 “What’s that?”

 “Sleep!”

 Mom and I were arguing about my father who was pacing in front of the television. His anxiety used to emanate from the movement he made. Whether it’s the way she folded sarong, or moved his fingers clenching and un-clenching like pumping something. I was worried about it when I was about that. For when I was about blood donor, the nurse at the hospital asked me to clench and open palms, she asked me to do this to make the blood would be flowing smoothly. I was worried my father’s blood would flow through his body even blow his own heart. read more

The Legend of Surabaya

The Legend of Surabaya

 The Legend of Surabaya. Hi my beloved visitor! Have you read The Legend of Banyuwangi? If you have done it, let’s continue reading The Legend of Surabaya.

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 Surabaya is one of the most crowded in Indonesia after Jakarta has a legend that should be known. The legend is as follows.

 A long time ago in the sea of East Java there were two strong animals. They were Sura (the Javanese of a shark) and Baya (the Javanese of a crocodile).

 They were actually friends. However, when they were hungry, they were very greedy. They did not want to share their food. They would fight just because of scrambling for prey. Both of them were strong, skillful, clever, ferocious, and gluttonous. They had fought many times and never stop fighting until one of them gave up.

 Once upon a time it was a very hot day. Sura and Baya were looking for some food. Suddenly on the way Baya saw a goat. He was very happy.

 “Yummy, this is my lunch,” said Baya. read more