LUTUNG KASARUNG One day in the Tatar Pasundan there is kingdom led by a wise king. The king was Prabu Tapa Agung. He had two beautiful daughters, he had no son. Purbararang was his first daughter, and Purbasari was his second daughter. At the end of his life near the great appointed king tread Purbasari, her youngest daughter as replacement. Prabu Tapa Agung : I’m too old. I stepped of the throne. Purbasari : Ok, I will do it. Purbararang didn’t agree her father’s decision. Purbararang was very disappointed. Purbararang : You cannot ask her to be queen, Father. I’m older than she is. It’s supposed to to be me, not her! Prabu Tapa Agung : Purbararang, to be a queen take more than age. There are many other qualities that one must possess. Purbararang : What does Purbasari have that I Don’t? Prabu Tapa Agung : You’ll find out when Purbasari has replaced me. After the discussion, Purbararang went back to her room. She discussed the situation with her fiance, Indrajaya. Indrajaya : Is there something wrong? Purbararang : I’m upset! Father chose Purbasari as his successor and not me! I have to do something! Then she got an evil idea. She asked a witch to cast a spell to Purbasari. Soon after that Purbasari had a strange skin disease. There were black dots on her skin. She also had skin rash. Purbararang : What happened to you? Purbasari : I don’t know, sis. Las night, my body suddenly felt very itchy. I scratched and this is what happened. Purbararang : you must have done something really awful. You’ve been punished by the gods! That day, the whole kingdom was scandalized. Prabu Tapa Agung : What have you done, Purbasari? Purbasari : I didn’t do anything that would upset the gods, Father. Prabu Tapa Agung : Then how can you explain what happened to your body? Purbasari : Like I said before, I didn’t do anything wrong. And I’d rather be thrown into the woods than to confess to a deed I didn’t commit. After a short discussion with his advisor. Prabu Tapa Agung ordered Purbasari to be moved to the woods. Purbasari was very sad, but she couldn’t do anything to defy her Father’s order. She was accompanied to the woods by a messenger. He built a simple hut for Purbasari. After the messenger left, suddenly a black monkey came to Purbasari’s hut. He carried a bunch of bananas. From behind him some animals looked on. Purbasari : Are the bananas for me? The black monkey nodded, as if she understood what Purbasari said. Purbasari took the bananas with pleasure. She also said thanks. The other animals that were looking on also seemed to smile. She called the monkey Lutung Kasarung. Purbasari : Are you willing to be my friend? All the animals nodded happily. Although she was living by herself in the woods, Purbasari never lacked of supplies. Everyday, there were always animals bringing her fruits and fish to eat. A long time passed since Purbasari was banished to the woods, but her body still itched. One night, on a full moon, the monkey took Purbasari to a valley. There is a pond with hot spring water. And the monkey suddenly spoke. Lutung Kasarung : the water of this pond will heal your skin. Purbasari : You can talk? Who are you? Lutung Kasarung : You’ll find out, in the time. Purbasari didin’t want o force the monkey. She then walked to the pond. She bathed there. After a few hours, Purbasari walked out of the pond. She was shocked to see her face reflected on the clear pond water. Her face was beautiful again, with smooth and clean skin. Purbasari observed her entire body/ there were no traces of any skin ailments. Purbasari : I’m cured! I’m cured! Thanks god and thanks Lutung Kasarung. Lutung Kasarung : You’re welcome. The news of Purbasari’s condition quickly spread to the kingdom, irritating Purbararang. She then accompanied by Indrajaya go to the woods to see Purbasari. Purbasari : allow me to go home. Purbararang : I would let you return to the palace if your hair is were longer than mine. Purbararang then let her hair down. It was so long, it almost touched the ground. But it turned out that Purbasari’s hair was twicw longer than Purbararang’s hair. Purbararang : Fine, so you hair is longer than mine. But there is one more condition you must Ful fill, do you have a future husband who is handsomer than mine? Purbasari felt miserable. She didn’t have a future husband yet. Son, without much thought, she pulled the black monkey beside her. Purbararang : So, your future husband is a monkey? Purbararang and Indrajaya burst ou, but their laughter didn’t last long. The monkey meditates and suddenly transformed into a very handsome young man, a lot more handsome than Indrajaya. Lutung Kasarung : I’m a prince from a kingdom far away. I was cursed to be a monkey because of a Mistake I committed. I could regain my true form only if there’s a girl who would Be willing to be my wife. Purbasari : Really? I do not believe it. It’s so impossible. Lutung Kasarung : Yes indeed the truth as it. Finally, Purbararang gave up. She accepted Purbasari as the queen, and also confessed everything she had done. Purbararang : Please forgive me. Please don’t punish me. Purbasari : I forgive you, sis. I will not condemn my sister. After that they went back to palace. Purbasari married with Lutung Kasarung and Purbasari became the queen beside her was the handsome prince, the former monkey known as Lutung Kasarung. At the end they lived happily ever after.
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