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.