Situ BagenditFolklore 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
Folklore from Central Java
Once upon a time, not far from a jungle, lived husband and a wife. The were farmers. The were diligent farmers anf always worked hard on the paddy fields. They had been married for mny years and still not have a child yet. Everyday they prayed and prayed for a child. One night, while they were praying, a giant passed their house. The giant heard they pray. "Don't worry farmers. I can give you a child. But you have to give me that child when she is 17 years old," said the giant. The farmers were so happy. They did not think about the risk of losing their child letter and agree to take the offer. Letter, the giant gave them a bunch of cucumber seeds. The farmers planted them carefully. Then the seeds changed into plants. Not longer after that, a big golden cucumber grew from plants. After it had ripe, the farmers picked and cut it. They were very surprised to see beautiful girl inside the cucumber. They named her Timun Mas or Golden Cucumber. Years passed by and Timun Mas has changed into a beautiful girl. On her 17th birhtday, Timun Mas was very happy. However, the parents were very sad. They knew they had to keep their promise to the giant but htey also did not want to lose their beloved daugther. "My daughter, take this bag. It can save you from the giant," said the father. "What do you mean, Fathe? I don't understand," said Timun Mas. Right after that, the giant came into their house. "Run timun Mas. Save your life!" said the mother. The giant was angry. He knew the farmers wanted to break their promise. He chased Timun Mas away. The giant was getting closer and closer. Timun Maas then opened the bag and threw a handful of salt. It became sea. The giant had to swim to cross the sea. Later, Timun Mas threw some chilly. It became a jungle wih trees. The trees had sharp thorns so they hurt the giant. However, the giant was still able to chase Timun Mas. Timun Mas took her third magic stuff. It wa cucumber seeds. She threw them and became cucumber field. But hte giant still could escape from the field. Then it was the last magic stuff she had in the bag. It was a shrimp paste, terasi. She threw it and became a big swamp. The giant was still tring to swim the swamp but he was very tired. Then he was drowning and died. Timun Mas then immediately went home. The farmers were so happy that they finally together again
Keong Emas (The Golden Snail)Folklore From Central Java
PRINCE Raden Putra and Dewi Limaran were husband and wife. They lived in a palace. Prince Raden Putra's father was the king of the kingdom.
One day, Dewi Limaran was walking around in the palace garden. Suddenly she saw a snail. It was ugly and disgusting. "Yuck!" said Dewi Limaran and then she threw it away into a river. She did not know that the snail was actually an old and powerful witch. She could transform herself into anything. The witch was angry to Dewi Limaran. The witch put a spell on her and changed her into a golden snail. The witch then threw it away into the river.
The golden snail was drifting away in the river and got caught into a net. An old woman was fishing and used her net to catch some fish. She was surprised to see a golden snail in her net. She took it and brought it home. When the old woman woke up in the morning, she was surprised that the house was in the good condition. The floor was mopped. And she also had food on the table. She was thinking very hard. "Who did this to me? The person is very kind." It happened again and again every morning.
The old woman was very curious. One night she decided to stay up late. She was peeping from her room to know who cooked for her. Then, she could not believe what she saw. The golden snail she caught in the river turned into a beautiful woman. The old woman approached her. "Who are you, young girl?" "I am Dewi Limaran, Ma'am. A witch cursed me. I can change back as a human only at night," explained Dewi Limaran. "The spell can be broken if I hear the melody from the holy gamelan," continued Dewi Limaran. The old woman then rushed to the palace. She talked to Prince Raden Putra about her wife. Prince Raden Putra was so happy. He had been looking for his wife everywhere.
He then prayed and meditated. He asked the gods to give him the holy gamelan. He wanted to break the witch's spell. After several days praying and meditating, finally gods granted his wish. He immediately brought the holy gamelan to the old woman's house. He played it beautifully. And then amazingly the golden snail turned into the beautiful Dewi Limaran. The couple was so happy that they could be together again. They also thanked the old woman for her kindness. As a return, they asked her to stay in the palace.
Long time ago in the Sumatera Island, lived a farmer. He was a hard-working farmer for his mediocre size rice field. Even though he was old enough to get married but he chose to live alone.
In the shiny morning, the farmer went to get fish in the river.
"I wish I get big fishes today," thought the farmer. After he threw the bait, it seemed wobbled. He cheerfully pulled the bait up and smiled when he grabbed a quite big fish in his hands. It was a beautiful golden reddish fish.
But suddenly he got startled when he heard the fish talking to him.
“Wait! Don’t eat me!” said the fish, “I’ll be ready to accompany you if you don’t eat me.” He was really surprised so the fish fell to the ground and amazingly turned into a beautiful girl.
"Am I dreaming?" he talked t"Don't be afraid Sire," the beautiful girl calmed him, ”I’m also a humankind like you."
“I owe you for breaking the evil's spell,” she continued.
"My name is Puteri, and I am ready to be your wife," said the girl.
Then finally they got married. However, there was one condition that the farmer must be agreed to. He must not tell anyone that Puteri previously was a fish. If the promise was violated then the horrifying disaster will happen.
Arrived in the village, the farmer and Puteri were greeted by the villagers.
"He possibly the fairy who descended from sky," they muttered.
The farmer felt very happy and peaceful. As a good husband, he continued to work to seek a living by working in his paddy-field diligently. He fulfilled all he and his wife need.
Many people were jealous. They spread defamation that the farmer had supernatural beings. However they did not feel they were touched on, in fact they keep on working hard.
A year later, the farmer was very happy after his wife gave birth to a baby boy. He named him Putera.
Putera grew into a healthy and strong child. He became the sweet child but rather naughty. He had one habit that surprised his parents. He always felt hungry. Food that was supposed to be eaten by three of them could be eaten entirely by him. Putera always made his father upset as well. He didn’t like to help his parents working. His wife always reminded him to be patient in raising their child.
"Yes, I will be patient!" promised the farmer.
However, the patience had its limit. One day, Puteri told Putera to deliver foods to the rice-field where his father was working. But he didn’t do what his mother asked. The farmer was waiting for the foods delivered by Putera in hunger. Then he decided to go home at once.
He saw Putera was playing football in the field near their house. The farmer became angry.
“You really are a fish child!” he shouted angrily. He didn’t realize that he already said the forbidden words to his son.
After the farmer said that, instantly both his son and his wife were disappeared. From the ground where he stood, suddenly water spat on very swift. The village and the surrounding remained all flooded. Water overflowed very high and wide so as to form a lake. The lake had finally been known by the name of the Toba Lake. The small island in the middle of the lake is known by the name of the Samosir Island.