Folklore of Loke Nggerang

Folklore of Loke Nggerang

Folklore of Loke Nggerang

Folklore of Loke Nggerang

      Long time ago in Flores, there was a beautiful girl. Her name was Nggerang. She lived in a village called Ndoso Village, Manggarai regency in West Flores. She was very beautiful. Because of her beauty, she was very famous not only in that village, but also around the Manggarai regency. People in that village, however, said that she was strange because of her father. Her father was ancestral spirit while her mother was a human. (also read : THE STORY OF KI AGENG MANGIR)

      Besides having beautiful face, Nggerang also had a beautiful smile. Her skin was smooth and reddish as a princess from heaven. She had beautiful eyes and nose. Her hair was long, black, and straight. One more, Nggerang had a magic power and ability to transform into whatever she liked as her magic was given from her father. When she transformed herself into something else, none could recognize her.

      As Nggerang was beauty, many people wanted to marry her, however, she did not know what love was. Even she dared to refuse the Kings’ proposal. read more

Love Story of Jayaprana and Layonsari

Jayaprana and Layonsari

        Love Story of Jayaprana and Layonsari. Folklore from Bali. Once upon a time there was a small kingdom called Kali Anget. At one time the kingdom was plagued by deadly diseases which killed many of its people including most of the king’s family members. This made the King was very sad so he decided to visit his people to entertain himself and his people of his kingdom. At a crossroad he met a little boy who was crying for the loss of his parents and brothers. The king decided to adopt the boy since he had already lost all his children in the epidemic that swept through the kingdom. He took the boy to his palace and made arrangements for him to be one of his family. The king taught him to be a soldier to service the kingdom in the future. The boy’s name was Jayaprana.

        The king loved him as his own child and did everything to keep him happily. Still, as the boy grew to become a handsome adult Jayaprana decided not to interfere with others and approach life in a simple way, even though being the son of a King. read more

The Legend of Timun Mas

The Legend of Timun Mas

       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. read more

The Legend of Banyuwangi

The Legend of Banyuwangi

       The Legend of Banyuwangi. Hi my beloved visitor! Have you ever gone to Banyuwangi ? It is located at the eastern-most end of the Indonesian island of Java and it is a very strategic area for those who want to go to Bali, as it serves as an important ferry port between Java and Bali. It is surrounded by mountains and forests to the west; by sea to the east and south. Banyuwangi is only separated by Strait of Bali from Bali. The name of Banyuwangi is Javanese for “fragrance water”, connected to the Javanese folklore of Sri Tanjung.

       How is the story of Banyuwangi or “fragrance water” can be read from the following story.

       A long time ago, the island of java was ruled by a king. The King had a Loyal Prime Minister whose name was Sidapaksa. He had a beautiful wife. Her name was Sri Tanjung. He loved her very much although she was from a village. However, his mother did not like her. Sidapaksa’s mother did not agree with his son’s lover. Apparently, his mother hated her because Sri Tanjung was not an aristocrat. It is a very important status in her society. But Sidapaksa did not care about his future wife status and married her. A couple months after the marriage, Sri Tanjung got pregnant. They were very happy waiting for the child birth. read more

Malin Kundang the Prodigal Son

Malin Kundang the Prodigal Son

Malin Kundang

Malin Kundang the Prodigal Son

      Hello my beloved visitor. How are you going? Here I am going to share about Malin Kundang. It is folklore that originated from Padang, West Sumatra, one of the islands located in the State of Indonesia. Below is the story. (Also read : Roro Jonggrang Prambanan Legend)

       Once upon a time, there lived a widow named Mande Rubayah. She just had a son named Malin Kundang. She was very fond of Malin Kundang because his father had passed away since Malin was a child.

      Malin Kundang was a smart kid but he was a little naughty. He often chased chickens and hit them with a broom. One day, when he was chasing chickens, he tripped over a rock and a sprained right arm. The wound became his right arm traced and couldn’t be lost.

       As he grew older, he was a very healthy, diligent and strong boy. His daily activity was catching fish from the sea. One day when he was fishing, he saw a merchant’s ship was being raided by a small band of pirates. Knowing this accident, he ran to the ship and helped the merchant. With his brave and strength, Malin Kundang defeated the pirates. The merchant was so happy and thanked to him. (Also read other article at : Sun as Source of Earth Life) read more