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.