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					Legend of Rawa Pening


                              Once upon a time, there lived a boy. His name was Baru Klinting.
                              The boy was cursed by an evil witch because of his magical power.
                              The curse made the boy had so much stinking wound on all of his
                              body. The wound never became dry. When Baru Klinting took a
                              walk in a village, he saw some children played. Baru Klinting
                              wanted to join them. But the children didn’t like Baru Klinting and
                              abused him. Then Baru Klinting went out from the children. When
                              he continued to take a walk, he got himself hungry. Baru Klinting
tried to come to a house and ask for some food. But he was abused and chased away.

The village was a rich village, but the citizen was arrogant. Then one day he met an old kind
widow. She desired to give Baru Klinting a place, and also some food. After He finished to eat,
he thanked to the woman and said, “Mam, if you hear kentongan sound, you have to go away
from this village with that dimple, OK?”, then the woman replied, “yes I will”.

When Baru Klinting was on the way to go out from the village, Baru Klinting met the children
who often abuse him. He became angry. Then he implanted a palm leaf rib. He promised that no
one could pull this thing up, except himself.

One by one tried to pull the rib that implanted by Baru Klinting, but no one could pull this up.
Then adult tried that too, but the rib could not be pulled up. Finally Baru Klinting himself pulled
the rib because he was the only one who could pull it (remember that Baru Klinting has magical
power). Soon, water came out from the place where the rib was implanted. The water was very
fast and heavy so that big flood happened.

Baru Klinting knocked kentongan to warn the old woman.Then, the woman who was grinding
rice went in to dimple as soon as possible, and she was safe. The flood is so fast and heavy. Then
that village became a pond called “Rawa Pening” and the woman told this story to the villager in
the other village.

Now, Rawa Pening (Located in Kabupaten Semarang, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia) has some
advantages, for example for irrigating and fishing.
Sangkuriang


                                        In the time when West Java was still thickly covered with
                                        woods and undergrowth and wonders existed, there reigned
                                        a king, named Raden Sungging Pebangkara. He was a good
                                        ruler and to convince himself of the welfare of his subjects,
                                        he used to visit them. But the thing he liked most
                                        washunting in the forest.

                                       It happened that in one of the forests the king often visited
                                       there lived a she-pig, actually a cursed goddess. One day,
                                       as it was very warm, she came out of her hiding place
looking for water. There she saw a coconut-shell, filled with water. Glad to have found
something and expecting it to be coconut-milk, she drank it at a draught, having no suspicions
whatsoever that it was the King’s urine left there the day before when hunting. The consequence
was very strange. She became pregnant. In a few months she gave birth to a very pretty girl.
When the king was once again hunting in the forest, he saw the girl and, attracted by her beauty,
he took her to his palace, called her Dayang Sumbi and treated her as his own daughter.

Time passed and Dayang Sumbi grew up into a fine young girl. She was fond of weaving and
thus passed her time. One bright morning, as she was absorbed in weaving, her weaving-spool
suddenly got loose. Before she could prevent it, it flew out of the window to the field below. It
was out of her reach, as her room was about three stories high. Furthermore she was very tired
and had no wish to descend the stairs to fetch the spool. Quite at ease, she mumbled: “Whoever
is willing to help me pick up the spool, I’ll treat as my sister, if she is a girl. If he is a man, I’ll
take him as my husband.” These words were overheard by a dog, called Tumang, who happened
to come along. He immediately picked up the spool and brought it to Dayang Sumbi. Tumang
was in fact a cursed god too, like the she-pig. Seeing the dog with the spool in his mouth,
Dayang Sumbi fainted. The gods had decided her for her to undergo the same fate as her mother,
the she-pig. She too become pregnant and a short time afterwards she gave birth to a strong
healthy son, whom she called Sangkuriang.

Sangkuriang became a handsome young man, as time went by. Like his grandfather, he was fond
of hunting in the forest and Tumang was his faithful friend when roaming the woods. He loved
this creature very much; having no idea at all that it was his own father. One day while hunting,
they came across a fat pig. Sangkuriang strung his bow and z-z-z-z-z-z-z! the arrow hissed
towards the she-pig, and hit but did not kill her. Wounded, she vanished into the undergrowth.

“Come on, Tumang, run after her!” Sangkuriang shouted, eager to taste the pork. Tumang,
however, did not move. Whatever Sangkuriang said to urge Tumang to pursue the pig, it left him
unmoved. Sangkuriang lost his self control. In his anger he killed Tumang, cut up his flesh and
took it home to his mother. She prepared a tasty dish of it and after the meal she asked:

“Sangkuriang, what kind of flesh is this? It is delicious!”
“This is Tumang’s, mother,” Sangkuriang responded. “I killed him, as he did not obey my
command to pursue a fat pig.” For one moment Dayang Sumbi was speechless. Then in rage she
took a spool and flung it at him. It struck his forehead and blood dropped out of the wound. This
left later on a scar on the spot. Then Dayang Sumbi sent him away.

Deeply grieved, Sangkuriang left and wandered through the woods. He walked for years. Finally
he returned to his native place, but did not recognize it any longer. There he stood, looking
around him, all alone, musing about the past. At the end of a vast rice-field, which stretched in
front of him, he noticed a house on stilts. Looking closely, he saw a young girl sitting at her
weaving-loom. He approached her and, charmed by her beauty, he immediately proposed to her,
unaware that she was his own mother. The girl looked at him and, noticing his good looks, she
promised to marry him. For some time they loved each other tenderly, making plans for their
wedding day, but one day she discovered the scar on his forehead.

“That wound!” she whispered, and at the moment she realized that he was no other than her own
son who had come back to his village. After being left by Sangkuriang, Dayang Sumbi had been
given eternal beauty by the gods, which was why she looked so young and Sangkuriang did not
recognize her as his mother. She made efforts to make him understand that a marriage between
them was impossible and withdrew her promise to marry him. But Sangkuriang refused to accept
the truth and was determined to get his own way. Dayang Sumbi was very sad, as she was
ashamed to reveal her secret.

“What is to be done?” she pondered. She had an idea and said to him: “All right then, you shall
marry me only on condition that you fulfill a wish of mine. Dam up the Citarum River and build
a big vessel, which we shall use after being married. But you have only one night to complete the
work.” Sangkuriang agreed and started to work. Only at daybreak did he approach the end, in
spite of his magic powers and his prayers to the gods for help. Noticing this, Dayang Sumbi got
alarmed and hit upon another plan to prevent the marriage. She stretched the red woven veil
which covered her head over the eastern side of the plain. Through her magic powers, red light
spread over the landscape, giving the impression that the sun was rising, which meant that time
was up for Sangkuriang. He was astonished.

“In vain!” he shouted in despair and at the same time, filled with rage; he kicked the vessel,
which was almost finished, upside-down. Then he made for the south, for the Indian Ocean. He
had not gone very far when the water of the lake rose and overflowed its banks, dragging
everything in its way. Sangkuriang himself had no chance of escape and with all his workers he
was driven away. Sometime later the lake dried up. The mountain of Tangkuban Prahu on the
northern side of Bandung is thought to be the overturned vessel of Sangkuriang. In time it
became covered with trees and the lake became the present fertile rice-fields around Bandung
area, every year yielding great benefits for all the people.
The Story Of Danau Toba
                                     Once upon a time, there was a man who was living in north Sumatra.
                                     He lived in a simple hut in a farming field. The did some gardening
                                     and fishing for his daily life.
                                     One day, while the man was do fishing, he caught a big golden fish in
                                     his trap. It was the biggest catch which he ever had in his life.
                                     Surprisingly, this fish turned into a beautiful princess. He felt in love
                                     with her and proposed her to be his wife. She said; "Yes, but you
                                     have to promise not to tell anyone about the secret that I was once a
fish, otherwise there will be a huge disaster". The man made the deal and they got married, lived
happily and had a daughter.
Few years later, this daughter would help bringing lunch to her father out in the fields. One day, his
daughter was so hungry and she ate his father’s lunch. Unfortunately, he found out and got furious, and
shouted; “You damned daughter of a fish”. The daughter ran home and asked her mother. The mother
started crying, felt sad that her husband had broke his promise.
Then she told her daughter to run up the hills because a huge disaster was about to come. When her
daughter left, she prayed. Soon there was a big earthquake followed by non-stop pouring rain. The
whole area got flooded and became Toba Lake. She turned into a fish again and the man became the
island of Samosir.
Situ Bagendit
Folklore from West Java
Nyai Bagendit was a widow. She was the richest person in the village. She had a very big house fill with a
lot of jewellery. She also had many servants working for her. Nyai Bagendit was also known for her bad
attitude. She did not like to help others.

Whenever the villagers needed some money, they borrowed the money from her. However, when they
returned it, the villager had to pay double. If they were not able to return the debt, Nyi Bagedit would
ask her servants to take the villagers belongings. Nyai Bagendit also hated beggars. She thought that
beggars were lazy people. She never felt sorry to any beggars coming to her house.
So when the old beggar came to her house, Nyai Bagendit immediately to ask her to go.
"Go away you lazy old woman! Go out of my house!"
"Please, Nyai, give me some money or just give me some food. I'm so hungry," said the beggar.
"Food? You asked for food? This is my house not a restaurant. Go now! I dont want to see you here!
Nyai Bagendit then threw a stone to the old beggar."
The old beggar was very sad.
She then said, "Nyai Bagedit, I know you are the riches person in this village. You have anything but you
never help other people. You are not grateful to God. Wait for the punishment from God. You will be
punished!"

The old beggar then left Nyai Bagedit's house.

"Ha ha ha! You are right. I'm the richest person here. So no one can punnish me, not even God can
punish me!" Nyai Bagendit was very arrogant.

Nyai Bagendit then went back to her big house. Not long after that, an earhquake happened. Her house
fell down. Nyai Bagendit cried for help.

"Help me! Somebody please help me!" But nobody listened her crying for help.

Nobody in the village felt the earthquake. amazingly, the earthquake only happened in Nyai Bagendit's
house. The land was opened. It was so big that the entire Nyai Bagendit's house, and all her wealth were
gone.
The villagers just wathes what happened to Nyai Bagendit and her house. They were amazed. They knew
that God punished Nyai Bagendit for behaving badly and never helped other people.

Slowly, the place where Nyai Bagedit's house stood became lake. Since then, people named the lake as
Situ Bagendit It means Lake of Bagendit.***

				
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