The Legend of Batara Kala. This is one of the legend that is commonly told in Java. It is actually just a myth that People especially from some villages in Java believe that an eclipse happens when the sun or the moon is swallowed by Batara Kala, an evil giant. The story says that although Batara Kala is not one of the gods in heaven, but he is very powerful. And how is the story of the sun or the moon swallowed by Batara Kala? The following text is the story.
Once upon a time there was an evil giant. He was called Batara Kala. He was not one of the gods in heaven, but he was very powerful. He liked to kill people, especially children as his food. The children who were able to be his food were the single child, five pandawa (they all were sons or they all were daughters) and Genthono-genthini (two children who were a son and a daughter, the daughter would be eaten). Batara Kala’s hair was made form fire. Everybody was frightened of him.
One day, the chief of gods, Batara Guru, invited all the gods and goddesses to the paradise. He invited them to distribute “Tirta Amerta Sari”, the sacred water from paradise. Anyone who drank the water would live forever since they would never die.