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74. Ular n'Daung dan Si Bungsu - N'Daung Snake and The Youngest - Bengkulu

Long ago, at the foot of a mountain in the Bengkulu lived an old woman with three children. They are very poor and live only from the sale of its gardens are very narrow.

One day the old woman was seriously ill. Smart people in her village had predicted that she would still be painful if not given special medications. The cure is forest leaves cooked with coal from mountaintop supernatural.

How sad for the family to know that fact. The issue is coal from mountaintop was supposedly guarded by a snake magic. According to the story of the villagers, these snakes will prey on anyone who tried to approach the top of the mountain. Among the three girls old lady, only the youngest who agreed requirements. In fear he climbed the mountain residence of the Snake n'Daung. Really like the story, the residence of the snake is very creepy. The trees around the cave was large and mossy. Leaves covered the sun so that the place becomes dim.

Not to worry out the Youngest, she suddenly heard a loud rumble and roar. The ground shook. This is the sign of the Snake n'Daung near his cave. The highlight snake eyes sharp and his tongue panhandle. Scarcely had the Youngest approached him and said, "Snakes are sacred, give me a magic coals to cook the drug to the sick mother. Unexpectedly, with friendly snake replied, "I will give the coal if you are willing to be my wife!"

The youngest suspect that the words of the serpent is just to test it. Then he also undertakes. The next day after he brought home embers, she kept his promise on the Snake Ndaung. She returned to the top of the mountain to the cave married with a serpent. Surprise, the youngest witness miraculous events. Namely, in the evening, it turns into a snake handsome knight named Prince Abdul Rahman Alamsjah.

In the morning he would go back into a snake. It was caused because he was bewitched by his uncle into a snake. His uncle wanted the position as future king.

After the departure of the youngest son, mother to be healthy and to live with her sister's envious. They want to know what happened to the youngest. Then they went to the mountain top. They arrived there at a time when the evening. How surprised they were when they saw the snake peeked but not handsome. Envy arise within them. They want to defame her sister. They settle into the cave and stole the snake skin. They burned the snake skin. They thought it would be so mad knight and drove her sister. But the exact opposite happened. With snake skin burned, they inadvertently freed from the curse of the prince.

When finding the snake skin was burning, the prince became very excited. He ran and hugged the youngest. He tell that his uncle's magic will go away when people voluntarily snake skin burns.

Then, the Snake n'Daung that has forever become the Youngest Prince Alamsjah brought to his palace. Wicked uncle who was expelled from the palace. The youngest was then invited his family lived in the castle. But the two brothers were envious refused because he felt ashamed of his actions.

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Dahulu kala, di kaki sebuah gunung di daerah Bengkulu hiduplah seorang wanita tua dengan tiga orang anaknya. Mereka sangat miskin dan hidup hanya dari penjualan hasil kebunnya yang sangat sempit.

Pada suatu hari perempuan tua itu sakit keras. Orang pintar di desanya itu meramalkan bahwa wanita itu akan tetap sakit apabila tidak diberikan obat khusus. Obatnya adalah daun-daunan hutan yang dimasak dengan bara gaib dari puncak gunung.

Alangkah sedihnya keluarga tersebut demi mengetahui kenyataan itu. Persoalannya adalah bara dari puncak gunung itu konon dijaga oleh seekor ular gaib. Menurut cerita penduduk desa itu, ular tersebut akan memangsa siapa saja yang mencoba mendekati puncak gunung itu. Diantara ketiga anak perempuan ibu tua itu, hanya si bungsu yang menyanggupi persyaratan tersebut. Dengan perasaan takut ia mendaki gunung kediaman si Ular n'Daung. Benar seperti cerita orang, tempat kediaman ular ini sangatlah menyeramkan. Pohon-pohon sekitar gua itu besar dan berlumut. Daun-daunnya menutupi sinar matahari sehingga tempat tersebut menjadi temaram.

Belum habis rasa khawatir si Bungsu, tiba-tiba ia mendengar suara gemuruh dan raungan yang keras. Tanah bergetar. Inilah pertanda si Ular n'Daung mendekati gua kediamannya. Mata ular tersebut menyorot tajam dan lidahnya menjulur-julur.  Dengan sangat ketakutan si Bungsu mendekatinya dan berkata, “Ular yang keramat, berilah saya sebutir bara gaib guna memasak obat untuk ibuku yang sakit. Tanpa diduga, ular itu menjawab dengan ramahnya, “bara itu akan kuberikan kalau engkau bersedia menjadi isteriku!”
Si Bungsu menduga bahwa perkataan ular ini hanyalah untuk mengujinya. Maka iapun menyanggupinya. Keesokan harinya setelah ia membawa bara api pulang, ia pun menepati janjinya pada Ular Ndaung. Ia kembali ke gua puncak gunung untuk diperisteri si ular. Alangkah terkejutnya si bungsu menyaksikan kejadian ajaib. Yaitu, pada malam harinya, ternyata ular itu berubah menjadi seorang ksatria tampan bernama Pangeran Abdul Rahman Alamsjah.

Pada pagi harinya ia akan kembali menjadi ular. Hal itu disebabkan oleh karena ia disihir oleh pamannya menjadi ular. Pamannya tersebut menghendaki kedudukannya sebagai calon raja. 

Setelah kepergian si bungsu, ibunya menjadi sehat dan hidup dengan kedua kakaknya yang sirik. Mereka ingin mengetahui apa yang terjadi dengan si Bungsu. Maka merekapun berangkat ke puncak gunung. Mereka tiba di sana diwaktu malam hari. Alangkah kagetnya mereka ketika mereka mengintip bukan ular yang dilihatnya tetapi lelaki tampan. Timbul perasaan iri  dalam diri mereka. Mereka ingin memfitnah adiknya. Mereka mengendap ke dalam gua dan mencuri kulit ular itu. Mereka membakar kulit ular tersebut. Mereka mengira dengan demikian ksatria itu akan marah dan mengusir adiknya itu. Tetapi yang terjadi justru kebalikannya. Dengan dibakarnya kulit ular tersebut, secara tidak sengaja mereka membebaskan pangeran itu dari kutukan.

Ketika menemukan kulit ular itu terbakar, pangeran menjadi sangat gembira. Ia berlari dan memeluk si Bungsu. Di ceritakannya bahwa sihir pamannya itu akan sirna kalau ada orang yang secara suka rela membakar kulit ular itu. 

Kemudian, si Ular n'Daung yang sudah selamanya menjadi Pangeran Alamsjah memboyong si Bungsu ke istananya. Pamannya yang jahat diusir dari istana. Si Bungsu pun kemudian mengajak keluarganya tinggal di istana. Tetapi dua kakaknya yang sirik menolak karena merasa malu akan perbuatannya.

73. Kutukan Raja Pulau Mintin - The Curse of King Island Mintin - Kalimantan Tengah

In ancient times, there exists an island kingdom in the area Mintin Kahayan Downstream, Central Kalimantan. The kingdom is very famous for its wisdom king. As a result, the kingdom into a peaceful and prosperous region.

One day, the consort of the king died. Since that time the king became moody and always look sad. This situation makes it no longer able to govern well. At the same time, the state of health of the king even this further decline. To address the situation, the king intends to go cruising to entertain him.

To continue the reign of the king was handed his throne at the twins were named Dragon and the Crocodile. They also agreed wishes of the king. Since after the death of the king, his two sons, which ruled the kingdom. But unfortunately, the problem appears new fundamentally.

Both the king's son had a different character. Dragon has a negative character as riotous fun, drinking and gambling. While alligators have a positive disposition as generous, warm-hearted, not wasteful and helpful.

Seeing the behavior of the Dragon is always a waste of the royal treasury, then the crocodile was angry. Because it can not dissuaded the Crocodile scold the Dragon. But it turns out dragon does not want to hear. The quarrel continued and developed into a fight. Soldiers divided the kingdom into two, partly siding with the Dragon and some siding with the Crocodile. Fighting more powerful that claimed many victims.

In his voyage, the king had a bad feeling. So he changed course to return to his ship kingdom. How shocked he was when watching that fight each other has twin sons. Furious he said, "you have wasted my faith. In this battle you have the people. For that please accept my punishment. Be thou Crocodiles and alligators are actually living in the water. Due to a slight fault, then you will stay in this area. Your job is to keep the island Mintin. While the dragon you be thou an actual dragon. Due to the large fault you will live along the Kapuas River. Your job is to keep the Kapuas River Bantilung not overgrown fungus."

After saying the curse, the sky suddenly darkened and thunder boomed. In an instant his sons had changed shape. One became a crocodile. The other being a dragon.

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Pada zaman dahulu, terdapatlah sebuah kerajaan di Pulau Mintin daerah Kahayan Hilir, Kalimantan Tengah. Kerajaan itu sangat terkenal akan kearifan rajanya. Akibatnya, kerajaan itu menjadi wilayah yang tenteram dan makmur.

Pada suatu hari, permaisuri dari raja tersebut meninggal dunia. Sejak saat itu raja menjadi murung dan nampak selalu sedih. Keadaan ini membuatnya tidak dapat lagi memerintah dengan baik. Pada saat yang sama, keadaan kesehatan raja inipun makin makin menurun. Guna menanggulangi situasi itu, raja berniat untuk pergi berlayar guna menghibur hatinya.

Untuk melanjutkan pemerintahan maka raja itu menyerahkan tahtanya pada kedua anak kembarnya yang bernama Naga dan Buaya. Mereka pun menyanggupi keinginan sang raja. Sejak sepeninggal sang raja, kedua putranya tersebut memerintah kerajaan. Namun sayangnya muncul persoalan mendasar baru. Kedua putra raja tersebut memiliki watak yang berbeda. Naga mempunyai watak negatif seperti senang berfoya-foya, mabuk-mabukan dan berjudi. Sedangkan buaya memiliki watak positif seperti pemurah, ramah tamah, tidak boros dan suka menolong.

Melihat tingkah laku si Naga yang selalu menghambur-hamburkan harta kerajaan, maka si Buayapun marah. Karena tidak bisa dinasehati maka si Buaya memarahi si Naga. Tetapi rupanya naga ini tidak mau mendengar. Pertengkaran itu berlanjut dan berkembang menjadi perkelahian. Prajurit kerajaan menjadi terbagi dua, sebahagian memihak kepada Naga dan sebagian memihak pada Buaya. Perkelahian makin dahsyat sehingga memakan banyak korban.

Dalam pelayarannya, Sang raja mempunyai firasat buruk. Maka ia pun mengubah haluan kapalnya untuk kembali ke kerajaannya. Betapa terkejutnya ia ketika menyaksikan bahwa putera kembarnya telah saling berperang. Dengan berang ia pun berkata,”kalian telah menyia-nyiakan kepercayaanku. Dengan peperangan ini kalian sudah menyengsarakan rakyat. Untuk itu terimalah hukumanku. Buaya jadilah engkau buaya yang sebenarnya dan hidup di air. Karena kesalahanmu yang sedikit, maka engkau akan menetap di daerah ini. Tugasmu adalah menjaga Pulau Mintin. Sedangkan engkau naga jadilah engkau naga yang sebenarnya. Karena kesalahanmu yang besar engkau akan tinggal di sepanjang Sungai Kapuas. Tugasmu adalah menjaga agar Sungai Kapuas tidak ditumbuhi Cendawan Bantilung.”

Setelah mengucapkan kutukan itu, tiba-tiba langit gelap dan petir menggelegar. Dalam sekejap kedua putranya telah berubah wujud. Satu menjadi buaya. Yang lainnya menjadi naga.

72. Legenda Pesut Mahakam - The Legend of Porpoises Mahakam - Kalimantan

In ancient times in the Mahakam shoreline, there is a village inhabited by several families. Their livelihood mostly as farmers and fishermen. Each year after the harvest, the villagers held a traditional feast usually filled with a wide variety of performances and artistic dexterity.

Amid the people who live in the village, there is a family living in harmony and peace in a simple hut. They consist of a pair of husband and wife and their two sons and a daughter. Their basic needs are not too difficult to meet because they have a garden planted with various kinds of fruits and vegetables. So did all sorts of difficulties can be overcome in a prudent manner, and they lived happily for many years.

At one point, the mother was stricken by an illness. Although several people have been treated by the physician, but the sick mother did not go away until he died. After the death of the mother, family life began again neglected. They dissolve in deep sorrow because of the loss which they loved. The father became withdrawn and moody, while her children are always filled with a sense of confusion, not knowing what to do. The state of the house and gardens are now no longer maintained. Some village elders have tried to advise the father that does not dissolve in grief, but their advice can not make a difference to him. This situation lasts long enough.

A day in the village re-held traditional harvest festival. Various performances and entertainment held back. In a stunt, there exists a beautiful and charming girl that always gets rave youth hamlet when he acted. Hearing such news, it also touched the hearts of the fathers to also see how the greatness of the show that was so highly praised by many young villager who made crazy.

That night was the seventh night of the event, held the crowds. Slowly his father walked over to the gig where she'll play. Accidentally he stood in front of in order to clearly see the game as well as the girl's face. Finally the show began. Unlike the rest of the crowd, the father was not much laughing or praising the girl's appearance. Yet once in a while there is also the father smiled a little. The girl threw a cheery smile to the audience and praised the teasing. One time, finally met nevertheless views between the girl and the father said. This incident was repeated several times, and is not expected at all would love that existed between the girls with the father of two children.

Such circumstances, the consent of both parties and the blessing of the elders then held marriage between them after the traditional feast in the village over. And the ending is too gloom family, now they began to construct a new life. They began working on the activities that they previously did not try again. The father returned diligent farming with the help of her children, while her stepmother stayed at home preparing food for the family. So it went on for months until their lives brightened up.

In that case, is not expected at all apparently new mothers over time have properties that are less well against two stepsons. The two children were recently fed after any leftovers from his father. The father can only tolerate his wife's actions, can not do anything about it because she loved her. Finally, all households are organized and in the hands of the young wife who is greedy. The two men told his stepson worked hard every day tirelessly and even told to do things that are beyond their capabilities.

At one point, her stepmother had made an evil plan. He sent two stepsons to look for firewood in the forest.

"Both of you today have to search for firewood anymore!" Command of the mother, "There should be three times more than what you earn today. And remember! Do not leave before the wood much collected. Got it?"

"But, Mom ..." said her son, "Why so much wood ...? Wood that there are still quite a lot. Later when it is low, then we look for it again ..."

"What! You have to argue huh?! Later I tell to your father that you slackers! Come on, leave right now! "Said the stepmother angrily.

Stepsons were women then pulled her brother to leave immediately. She knew that her father had influenced her stepmother, so futile to argue as to blame nevertheless remain.

After bringing some supplies, they set out into the forest. Until dusk approached, insufficient wood collected as requested their stepmother. They should be compelled to spend the night in an abandoned cabin in the woods someone to continue with their work the next day. Almost midnight before they can sleep while hungry stomach is still twisted them.

The next morning, they began to gather as much wood. Shortly before noon, hunger was unbearable, they finally lay on the ground for a few moments. And without knowing, an old man came up to them.


"What are you doing here, child?" Asked the old man to them. Both of these unfortunate children and tell them everything, including their stepmother behavior and circumstances that have not eaten rice since yesterday until it was no longer able to continue the work.

"Well ..., you go that way." Said the old man, pointing to hedge shrub, "There, there are many fruit trees. Eat your heart's content until you are full. But remember, do not be searched again the next day because it will be in vain. Go now!"

As I say thank you, both sisters are rushing to get to the place in question. It was true what my grandfather said before, there are many various kinds of fruit trees. Fruit durian, jackfruit, mango and papaya that has been cooked seemed scattered on the ground. Fruits such as bananas, rambutan and coconut ivory seen hanging on the tree. They then eat the fruits to fullness and body feel fresh again. After resting for a while, they can return to continue the work of gathering the wood to match the requested his stepmother.

By late afternoon, little by little wooden polynomial was successfully repaid all of them to the house. They then arrange for the wood regardless of the home. Once completed, then they got into the house to report to their stepmother, but was surprised when they saw the house that had been empty.

Apparently their father and stepmother had left the house. The entire property has been in the house and brought out, this means they are gone and will not return to the house. Both brothers were poor then good cry. Hearing the cries of the two, coming surrounding neighbors to find out what was happening. They were shocked to learn that both the father and stepmother of the children had been moved secretly.

The next day, two children are determined to find her parents. They announce their plan to the nearest neighbors. Some neighbors were sorry then swap firewood with food supplies for our second child. Towards the middle of the day, leave them looking their father and stepmother.

It has been two days running but they have not found their parents, while food supplies have run out. On the third day, they arrived in a hilly area and appeared by their smoke billowed in the distance. They immediately headed toward the place just ask the residents probably know or see their parents.

They eventually find a cabin that was decrepit. Seemed an old man was sitting in front of the cabin. Two sisters and a salute to the old man and saluted.

"Where are you guys? What do you mean to come to my place is far flung, "asked his grandfather, with occasional minor cough.

"Sorry, Tok." Said the boy, "We're looking for our parents. Did Datok never seen a man and a young woman through here?"

The old man paused with a furrowed brow, it seems he is trying hard to remember something.

"Hmmm ..., a few days ago there was a husband and wife who come here." Said the old man then, "They carry a lot of stuff. Are they looking for you guys?"

"No doubt, Tok." The boy said excitedly, "They're certainly our parents! Which direction they are going, Tok?"

"At that time they borrowed boat to cross the river. They say that they want to settle there and across the cottage and want to make a new plantation. Try your search on other side."

"Thank you, Tok ..." said the elder son, "But ..., can Datok drove us across the river?"

"Datok old ... where the strength to row the boat!" The old man said with a chuckle, "If you want to catch them, use the existing boat alone on the edge of the river."

Brothers had ventured to bring the boat the old man. They promised to return the boat if it has managed to find their parents. After saying thank you, they then climbed into the boat and headed across paddle. Both forgot the hunger that twisted their stomachs because of his joy after learning their parents' presence.

Finally they reached the other side and the boat moored in a creek. After two days running on an empty stomach, then they see the end of a village that rarely populated. It could be seen by those who seem to a newly built cottage. Slowly they approached the cabin. With feelings of anxiety and doubt the brother up the stairs and calling the inhabitants, while the younger one walked around the cabin until he found a clothes horse in the back of the cottage.

He remembered his father's clothes ever since torn related be sewn thorns, after he approached then rest assured that it was indeed his shirt. Immediately he ran to his brother while showing clothes he found his father in the back. Without another thought they had entered the cottage and found the cabin was filled with stuff of their father.

Apparently their parents in a hurry to go, so that in the kitchen there is a pot placed on the fire that is still burning. Inside the pot is no rice has become porridge. Hunger, the brother finally devour the hot rice porridge is a good snooze. New brother into the kitchen after being surprised at what his sister was doing, he immediately grabbed the pot that it is low it is. Because fear not miss, he immediately devoured rice porridge at once with the pot.

Because they eat porridge is still hot so their body temperature had to be increased infinitely. In an ungodly way, they ran to and fro about to find the river. Each banana tree they encountered on either side of the road to the river, so that in turn they hug the banana tree withered. Once they arrived at the river bank, they immediately jump into it.

Almost at the same time, residents of the cottage which was indeed the children of poor parents were astonished to see a lot of banana trees around the cottage they become wilted and charred. But they were very surprised when the lodge and encounter these into a bundle and two saber belonging to her two children. The wife continued to examine the contents of the cottage up to the kitchen, and he did not find another pot that had been left behind. She then reported it to her husband. They then rushed down from the cottage and follow the road to the river on either side there are many banana trees have withered and charred.

Arriving at the edge of the river, visible by those two creatures move around in the water while the water spouting from his head. Mind the husband remembered the series of events that may very well be something to do with the family. He was shocked because suddenly she had no side. Apparently he disappeared mysteriously. Now the husband realized that she was not human offspring. Since their marriage, the wife was never going to tell their origin.

Not long ago, villagers flocked to the river to watch the weirdness that just happened. Two fish whose head is similar to a human head was moving to and fro in the middle of the river, occasionally come to the surface and spouting water from his head. People who were in the water bursts predicted that these creatures so that heat can cause the baby fish die if exposed to the eruption. By the Kutai, fish spraying water fish called tidal or porpoises. While communities in the interior of Mahakam the fish named Bawoi..

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Pada jaman dahulu kala di rantau Mahakam, terdapat sebuah dusun yang didiami oleh beberapa keluarga. Mata pencaharian mereka kebanyakan adalah sebagai petani maupun nelayan. Setiap tahun setelah musim panen, penduduk dusun tersebut biasanya mengadakan pesta adat yang diisi dengan beraneka macam pertunjukan ketangkasan dan kesenian.

Ditengah masyarakat yang tinggal di dusun tersebut, terdapat suatu keluarga yang hidup rukun dan damai dalam sebuah pondok yang sederhana. Mereka terdiri dari sepasang suami-istri dan dua orang putra dan putri. Kebutuhan hidup mereka tidak terlalu sukar untuk dipenuhi karena mereka memiliki kebun yang ditanami berbagai jenis buah-buahan dan sayur-sayuran. Begitu pula segala macam kesulitan dapat diatasi dengan cara yang bijaksana, sehingga mereka hidup dengan bahagia selama bertahun-tahun. 

Pada suatu ketika, sang ibu terserang oleh suatu penyakit. Walau telah diobati oleh beberapa orang tabib, namun sakit sang ibu tak kunjung sembuh pula hingga akhirnya ia meninggal dunia. Sepeninggal sang ibu, kehidupan keluarga ini mulai tak terurus lagi. Mereka larut dalam kesedihan yang mendalam karena kehilangan orang yang sangat mereka cintai. Sang ayah menjadi pendiam dan pemurung, sementara kedua anaknya selalu diliputi rasa bingung, tak tahu apa yang mesti dilakukan. Keadaan rumah dan kebun mereka kini sudah tak terawat lagi. Beberapa sesepuh desa telah mencoba menasehati sang ayah agar tidak larut dalam kesedihan, namun nasehat-nasehat mereka tak dapat memberikan perubahan padanya. Keadaan ini berlangsung cukup lama.

Suatu hari di dusun tersebut kembali diadakan pesta adat panen. Berbagai pertunjukan dan hiburan kembali digelar. Dalam suatu pertunjukan ketangkasan, terdapatlah seorang gadis yang cantik dan mempesona sehingga selalu mendapat sambutan pemuda-pemuda dusun tersebut bila ia beraksi. Mendengar berita yang demikian itu, tergugah juga hati sang ayah untuk turut menyaksikan bagaimana kehebatan pertunjukan yang begitu dipuji-puji penduduk dusun hingga banyak pemuda yang tergila-gila dibuatnya. 

Malam itu adalah malam ketujuh dari acara keramaian yang dilangsungkan. Perlahan-lahan sang ayah berjalan mendekati tempat pertunjukan dimana gadis itu akan bermain. Sengaja ia berdiri di depan agar dapat dengan jelas menyaksikan permainan serta wajah sang gadis. Akhirnya pertunjukan pun dimulai. Berbeda dengan penonton lainnya, sang ayah tidak banyak tertawa geli atau memuji-muji penampilan sang gadis. Walau demikian sekali-sekali ada juga sang ayah tersenyum kecil.

Sang gadis melemparkan senyum manisnya kepada para penonton yang memujinya maupun yang menggodanya. Suatu saat, akhirnya bertemu jua pandangan antara si gadis dan sang ayah tadi. Kejadian ini berulang beberapa kali, dan tidaklah diperkirakan sama sekali kiranya bahwa terjalin rasa cinta antara sang gadis dengan sang ayah dari dua orang anak tersebut.

Demikianlah keadaannya, atas persetujuan kedua belah pihak dan restu dari para sesepuh maka dilangsungkanlah pernikahan antara mereka setelah pesta adat di dusun tersebut usai. Dan berakhir pula lah kemuraman keluarga tersebut, kini mulailah mereka menyusun hidup baru. Mereka mulai mengerjakan kegiatan-kegiatan yang dahulunya tidak mereka usahakan lagi. Sang ayah kembali rajin berladang dengan dibantu kedua anaknya, sementara sang ibu tiri tinggal di rumah menyiapkan makanan bagi mereka sekeluarga. Begitulah seterusnya sampai berbulan-bulan lamanya hingga kehidupan mereka cerah kembali. 

Dalam keadaan yang demikian, tidak lah diduga sama sekali ternyata sang ibu baru tersebut lama kelamaan memiliki sifat yang kurang baik terhadap kedua anak tirinya. Kedua anak itu baru diberi makan setelah ada sisa makanan dari ayahnya. Sang ayah hanya dapat memaklumi perbuatan istrinya itu, tak dapat berbuat apa-apa karena dia sangat mencintainya. Akhirnya, seluruh rumah tangga diatur dan berada ditangan sang istri muda yang serakah tersebut. Kedua orang anak tirinya disuruh bekerja keras setiap hari tanpa mengenal lelah dan bahkan disuruh mengerjakan hal-hal yang diluar kemampuan mereka.

Pada suatu ketika, sang ibu tiri telah membuat suatu rencana jahat. Ia menyuruh kedua anak tirinya untuk mencari kayu bakar di hutan.
“Kalian berdua hari ini harus mencari kayu bakar lagi!” perintah sang ibu, “Jumlahnya harus tiga kali lebih banyak dari yang kalian peroleh kemarin. Dan ingat! Jangan pulang sebelum kayunya banyak dikumpulkan. Mengerti?!"


“Tapi, Bu…” jawab anak lelakinya, “Untuk apa kayu sebanyak itu…? Kayu yang ada saja masih cukup banyak. Nanti kalau sudah hampir habis, barulah kami mencarinya lagi…”
“Apa?! Kalian sudah berani membantah ya?! Nanti kulaporkan ke ayahmu bahwa kalian pemalas! Ayo, berangkat sekarang juga!!” kata si ibu tiri dengan marahnya.

Anak tirinya yang perempuan kemudian menarik tangan kakaknya untuk segera pergi. Ia tahu bahwa ayahnya telah dipengaruhi sang ibu tiri, jadi sia-sia saja untuk membantah karena tetap akan dipersalahkan jua.

Setelah membawa beberapa perlengkapan, berangkatlah mereka menuju hutan. Hingga senja menjelang, kayu yang dikumpulkan belum mencukupi seperti yang diminta ibu tiri mereka. Terpaksalah mereka harus bermalam di hutan dalam sebuah bekas pondok seseorang agar dapat meneruskan pekerjaan mereka esok harinya. Hampir tengah malam barulah mereka dapat terlelap walau rasa lapar masih membelit perut mereka.

Esok paginya, mereka pun mulai mengumpulkan kayu sebanyak-banyaknya. Menjelang tengah hari, rasa lapar pun tak tertahankan lagi, akhirnya mereka tergeletak di tanah selama beberapa saat. Dan tanpa mereka ketahui, seorang kakek tua datang menghampiri mereka.

“Apa yang kalian lakukan disini, anak-anak?!” tanya kakek itu kepada mereka.
Kedua anak yang malang tersebut lalu menceritakan semuanya, termasuk tingkah ibu tiri mereka dan keadaan mereka yang belum makan nasi sejak kemarin hingga rasanya tak sanggup lagi untuk meneruskan pekerjaan.


"Kalau begitu…, pergilah kalian ke arah sana.” kata si kakek sambil menunjuk ke arah rimbunan belukar, “Disitu banyak terdapat pohon buah-buahan. Makanlah sepuas-puasnya sampai kenyang. Tapi ingat, janganlah dicari lagi esok harinya karena akan sia-sia saja. Pergilah sekarang juga!"

Sambil mengucapkan terima kasih, kedua kakak beradik tersebut bergegas menuju ke tempat yang dimaksud. Ternyata benar apa yang diucapkan kakek tadi, disana banyak terdapat beraneka macam pohon buah-buahan. Buah durian, nangka, cempedak wangi, mangga dan pepaya yang telah masak tampak berserakan di tanah. Buah-buahan lain seperti pisang, rambutan dan kelapa gading nampak bergantungan di pohonnya. Mereka kemudian memakan buah-buahan tersebut hingga kenyang dan badan terasa segar kembali. Setelah beristirahat beberapa saat, mereka dapat kembali melanjutkan pekerjaan mengumpulkan kayu hingga sesuai dengan yang diminta sang ibu tiri.

Menjelang sore, sedikit demi sedikit kayu yang jumlahnya banyak itu berhasil diangsur semuanya ke rumah. Mereka kemudian menyusun kayu-kayu tersebut tanpa memperhatikan keadaan rumah. Setelah tuntas, barulah mereka naik ke rumah untuk melapor kepada sang ibu tiri, namun alangkah terkejutnya mereka ketika melihat isi rumah yang telah kosong melompong.

Ternyata ayah dan ibu tiri mereka telah pergi meninggalkan rumah itu. Seluruh harta benda didalam rumah tersebut telah habis dibawa serta, ini berarti mereka pergi dan tak akan kembali lagi ke rumah itu. Kedua kakak beradik yang malang itu kemudian menangis sejadi-jadinya. Mendengar tangisan keduanya, berdatanganlah tetangga sekitarnya untuk mengetahui apa gerangan yang terjadi. Mereka terkejut setelah mengetahui bahwa kedua ayah dan ibu tiri anak-anak tersebut telah pindah secara diam-diam.

Esok harinya, kedua anak tersebut bersikeras untuk mencari orangtuanya. Mereka memberitahukan rencana tersebut kepada tetangga terdekat. Beberapa tetangga yang iba kemudian menukar kayu bakar dengan bekal bahan makanan bagi perjalanan kedua anak itu. Menjelang tengah hari, berangkatlah keduanya mencari ayah dan ibu tiri mereka.

Telah dua hari mereka berjalan namun orangtua mereka belum juga dijumpai, sementara perbekalan makanan sudah habis. Pada hari yang ketiga, sampailah mereka di suatu daerah yang berbukit dan tampaklah oleh mereka asap api mengepul di kejauhan. Mereka segera menuju ke arah tempat itu sekedar bertanya kepada penghuninya barangkali mengetahui atau melihat kedua orangtua mereka.

Mereka akhirnya menjumpai sebuah pondok yang sudah reot. Tampak seorang kakek tua sedang duduk-duduk didepan pondok tersebut. Kedua kakak beradik itu lalu memberi hormat kepada sang kakek tua dan memberi salam.

"Dari mana kalian ini? Apa maksud kalian hingga datang ke tempat saya yang jauh terpencil ini?” tanya sang kakek sambil sesekali terbatuk-batuk kecil.
"Maaf, Tok.” kata si anak lelaki, “Kami ini sedang mencari kedua orangtua kami. Apakah Datok pernah melihat seorang laki-laki dan seorang perempuan yang masih muda lewat disini?"

Sang kakek terdiam sebentar sambil mengernyitkan keningnya, tampaknya ia sedang berusaha keras untuk mengingat-ingat sesuatu.

"Hmmm…, beberapa hari yang lalu memang ada sepasang suami-istri yang datang kesini.” kata si kakek kemudian, “Mereka banyak sekali membawa barang. Apakah mereka itu yang kalian cari?"

"Tak salah lagi, Tok.” kata anak lelaki itu dengan gembira, “Mereka pasti orangtua kami! Ke arah mana mereka pergi, Tok?"

"Waktu itu mereka meminjam perahuku untuk menyeberangi sungai. Mereka bilang, mereka ingin menetap diseberang sana dan hendak membuat sebuah pondok dan perkebunan baru. Cobalah kalian cari di seberang sana."

"Terima kasih, Tok…” kata si anak sulung tersebut, “Tapi…, bisakah Datok mengantarkan kami ke seberang sungai?"

"Datok sudah tua… mana kuat lagi untuk mendayung perahu!” kata si kakek sambil terkekeh, “Kalau kalian ingin menyusul mereka, pakai sajalah perahuku yang ada ditepi sungai itu.:

Kakak beradik itu pun memberanikan diri untuk membawa perahu si kakek. Mereka berjanji akan mengembalikan perahu tersebut jika telah berhasil menemukan kedua orangtua mereka. Setelah mengucapkan terima kasih, mereka lalu menaiki perahu dan mendayungnya menuju ke seberang. Keduanya lupa akan rasa lapar yang membelit perut mereka karena rasa gembira setelah mengetahui keberadaan orangtua mereka.

Akhirnya mereka sampai di seberang dan menambatkan perahu tersebut dalam sebuah anak sungai. Setelah dua hari lamanya berjalan dengan perut kosong, barulah mereka menemui ujung sebuah dusun yang jarang sekali penduduknya. Tampaklah oleh mereka sebuah pondok yang kelihatannya baru dibangun. Perlahan-lahan mereka mendekati pondok itu.

Dengan perasaan cemas dan ragu si kakak menaiki tangga dan memanggil-manggil penghuninya, sementara si adik berjalan mengitari pondok hingga ia menemukan jemuran pakaian yang ada di belakang pondok. Ia pun teringat pada baju ayahnya yang pernah dijahitnya karena sobek terkait duri, setelah didekatinya maka yakinlah ia bahwa itu memang baju ayahnya. Segera ia berlari menghampiri kakaknya sambil menunjukkan baju sang ayah yang ditemukannya di belakang. Tanpa pikir panjang lagi mereka pun memasuki pondok dan ternyata pondok tersebut memang berisi barang-barang milik ayah mereka.

Rupanya orangtua mereka terburu-buru pergi, sehingga di dapur masih ada periuk yang diletakkan diatas api yang masih menyala. Didalam periuk tersebut ada nasi yang telah menjadi bubur. Karena lapar, si kakak akhirnya melahap nasi bubur yang masih panas tersebut sepuas-puasnya. Adiknya yang baru menyusul ke dapur menjadi terkejut melihat apa yang sedang dikerjakan kakaknya, segera ia menyambar periuk yang isinya tinggal sedikit itu. Karena takut tidak kebagian, ia langsung melahap nasi bubur tersebut sekaligus dengan periuknya.

Karena bubur yang dimakan tersebut masih panas maka suhu badan mereka pun menjadi naik tak terhingga. Dalam keadaan tak karuan demikian, keduanya berlari kesana kemari hendak mencari sungai. Setiap pohon pisang yang mereka temui di kiri-kanan jalan menuju sungai, secara bergantian mereka peluk sehingga pohon pisang tersebut menjadi layu. Begitu mereka tiba di tepi sungai, segeralah mereka terjun ke dalamnya. Hampir bersamaan dengan itu, penghuni pondok yang memang benar adalah orangtua kedua anak yang malang itu terheran-heran ketika melihat banyak pohon pisang di sekitar pondok mereka menjadi layu dan hangus.

Namun mereka sangat terkejut ketika masuk kedalam pondok dan mejumpai sebuah bungkusan dan dua buah mandau kepunyaan kedua anaknya. Sang istri terus memeriksa isi pondok hingga ke dapur, dan dia tak menemukan lagi periuk yang tadi ditinggalkannya. Ia kemudian melaporkan hal itu kepada suaminya. Mereka kemudian bergegas turun dari pondok dan mengikuti jalan menuju sungai yang di kiri-kanannya banyak terdapat pohon pisang yang telah layu dan hangus.

Sesampainya di tepi sungai, terlihatlah oleh mereka dua makhluk yang bergerak kesana kemari didalam air sambil menyemburkan air dari kepalanya. Pikiran sang suami teringat pada rentetan kejadian yang mungkin sekali ada hubungannya dengan keluarga. Ia terperanjat karena tiba-tiba istrinya sudah tidak ada disampingnya. Rupanya ia menghilang secara gaib. Kini sadarlah sang suami bahwa istrinya bukanlah keturunan manusia biasa. Semenjak perkawinan mereka, sang istri memang tidak pernah mau menceritakan asal usulnya.

Tak lama berselang, penduduk desa datang berbondong-bondong ke tepi sungai untuk menyaksikan keanehan yang baru saja terjadi. Dua ekor ikan yang kepalanya mirip dengan kepala manusia sedang bergerak kesana kemari ditengah sungai sambil sekali-sekali muncul di permukaan dan menyemburkan air dari kepalanya. Masyarakat yang berada di tempat itu memperkirakan bahwa air semburan kedua makhluk tersebut panas sehingga dapat menyebabkan ikan-ikan kecil mati jika terkena semburannya. Oleh masyarakat Kutai, ikan yang menyembur-nyemburkan air itu dinamakan ikan Pasut atau Pesut. Sementara masyarakat di pedalaman Mahakam menamakannya ikan Bawoi.

71. Legenda Telaga Warna - The Legend of Telaga Warna - Jawa Barat

Ages ago, there was a kingdom in West Java. The country was led by a king. Prabu, that people called him. He was a good and wise king. Not surprisingly, when the country was prosperous and peaceful. There was no hungry people in the country. All very pleasant. Sadly, Prabu and his wife do not have children. That is what made the royal couple very sad. Advisory of Prabu suggested that they adopt a child. But the Prabu and Queen did not agree. "For us, the biological son is better than adopted children," they said.

Queen often moody and crying. Prabu too was sad to see his wife. Then Prabu went to the forest to meditate. There, the Prabu continued to pray, to be blessed with children. A few months later, their wish came true. Queen had become pregnant. All the people in the kingdom happy. They flood the court with gifts.

Nine months later, the queen gave birth to a daughter. People of the land went back to the little princess sent various gifts. Babies grow into children funny. A dozen years later, she has become a beautiful teenager. Prabu and Queen is very fond of his daughter. They gave her whatever she wanted. But it makes it a spoiled girl. If the desire is not fulfilled, the girl would get mad. She even used to say rude. However, parents and people in the kingdom loved her.

Days passed, Princess has grown to be the prettiest girl in the whole country. Within a few days, be 17 years old daughter. So the people in the country went to the palace. They carry a variety of exquisite gift. Prabu collects gifts are very much of it, and then store it in the court room. At times, he could use it for the benefit of the people. Prabu just took a bit of gold and jewels. He took it to a jeweler.

"Please, make a beautiful necklace for my daughter," said Prabu.

"Birthday came. Population of the country gathered in the palace square. When the King and Queen came, people are elated. Warm welcome more audible, when a beautiful princess beauty appeared in front of everyone. Everybody admired her beauty. Prabu got up from his chair. The beautiful necklace was holding.

"My beloved daughter, today I give you this necklace. This necklace is giving the people of the country. They love you so much. They dedicate this prize, because they are excited to see you grow into adulthood. Wear this necklace, boy, "said Prabu.

Princess accepted the necklace. Then she saw the necklace at a glance.
"With pleasure, Your Majesty," said the jeweler. He then worked as best as possible, with all my heart. He wanted to create the most beautiful necklace in the world, because he loved his daughter.

"I do not want to wear it. This necklace is ugly! "Said the Princess.

Then she threw the necklace. The beautiful necklace was broken. Gold and gems scattered on the floor.

It was really shocking. No one would have thought, would do such a daughter. No one spoke. Silence. Suddenly, there was weeping queen. Cries followed by everyone.

Suddenly spring water from the courtyard. At first, forming a small pond. Then the court began to flood. The palace was filled with water like a lake. Then the bigger lake and drown palace.

On a sunny day, we could see the lake is full of beautiful colors and amazing. The color comes from the shadow of the forest, plants, flowers, and sky around the lake. But people say, the colors came from Princess necklace scattered at the base of the lake.

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Zaman dahulu, ada sebuah kerajaan di Jawa Barat. Negeri itu dipimpin oleh seorang raja. Prabu, begitulah orang memanggilnya. Ia adalah raja yang baik dan bijaksana. Tak heran, kalau negeri itu makmur dan tenteram. Tak ada penduduk yang lapar di negeri itu. Semua sangat menyenangkan. Sayangnya, Prabu dan istrinya belum memiliki anak. Hal itu lah yang membuat pasangan kerajaan itu sangat sedih. Penasehat Prabu menyarankan, agar mereka mengangkat anak. Namun Prabu dan Ratu tidak setuju. “Buat kami, anak kandung adalah lebih baik dari pada anak angkat,” sahut mereka.

Ratu sering murung dan menangis. Prabu pun ikut sedih melihat istrinya. Lalu Prabu pergi ke hutan untuk bertapa. Di sana sang Prabu terus berdoa, agar dikaruniai anak. Beberapa bulan kemudian, keinginan mereka terkabul. Ratu pun mulai hamil. Seluruh rakyat di kerajaan itu senang sekali. Mereka membanjiri istana dengan hadiah. 

Sembilan bulan kemudian, Ratu melahirkan seorang putri. Penduduk negeri pun kembali mengirimi putri kecil itu aneka hadiah. Bayi itu tumbuh menjadi anak yang lucu. Belasan tahun kemudian, ia sudah menjadi remaja yang cantik. Prabu dan Ratu sangat menyayangi putrinya. Mereka memberi putrinya apa pun yang dia inginkan. Namun itu membuatnya menjadi gadis yang manja. Kalau keinginannya tidak terpenuhi, gadis itu akan marah. Ia bahkan sering berkata kasar. Walaupun begitu, orangtua dan rakyat di kerajaan itu mencintainya.

Hari berlalu, Putri pun tumbuh menjadi gadis tercantik di seluruh negeri. Dalam beberapa hari, Putri akan berusia 17 tahun. Maka para penduduk di negeri itu pergi ke istana. Mereka membawa aneka hadiah yang sangat indah. Prabu mengumpulkan hadiah-hadiah yang sangat banyak itu, lalu menyimpannya dalam ruangan istana. Sewaktu-waktu, ia bisa menggunakannya untuk kepentingan rakyat. Prabu hanya mengambil sedikit emas dan permata. Ia membawanya ke ahli perhiasan.

"Tolong, buatkan kalung yang sangat indah untuk putriku,” kata Prabu.

"Dengan senang hati, Yang Mulia,” sahut ahli perhiasan. Ia lalu bekerja sebaik mungkin, dengan sepenuh hati. Ia ingin menciptakan kalung yang paling indah di dunia, karena ia sangat menyayangi Putri.

Hari ulang tahun pun tiba. Penduduk negeri berkumpul di alun-alun istana. Ketika Prabu dan Ratu datang, orang menyambutnya dengan gembira. Sambutan hangat makin terdengar, ketika Putri yang cantik jelita muncul di hadapan semua orang. Semua orang mengagumi kecantikannya. Prabu lalu bangkit dari kursinya. Kalung yang indah sudah dipegangnya.

"Putriku tercinta, hari ini aku berikan kalung ini untukmu. Kalung ini pemberian orang-orang dari penjuru negeri. Mereka sangat mencintaimu. Mereka mempersembahkan hadiah ini, karena mereka gembira melihatmu tumbuh jadi dewasa. Pakailah kalung ini, Nak,” kata Prabu.

Putri menerima kalung itu. Lalu ia melihat kalung itu sekilas.

"Aku tak mau memakainya. Kalung ini jelek!” seru Putri.

Kemudian ia melempar kalung itu. Kalung yang indah pun rusak. Emas dan permatanya tersebar di lantai. Itu sungguh mengejutkan. Tak seorang pun menyangka, Putri akan berbuat seperti itu. Tak seorang pun bicara. Suasana hening. Tiba-tiba terdengar tangisan Ratu. Tangisannya diikuti oleh semua orang.

Tiba-tiba muncul mata air dari halaman istana. Mula-mula membentuk kolam kecil. Lalu istana mulai banjir. Istana pun dipenuhi air bagai danau. Lalu danau itu makin besar dan menenggelamkan istana.

Di hari yang cerah, kita bisa melihat danau itu penuh warna yang indah dan mengagumkan. Warna itu berasal dari bayangan hutan, tanaman, bunga-bunga, dan langit di sekitar telaga. Namun orang mengatakan, warna-warna itu berasal dari kalung Putri yang tersebar di dasar telaga.