Wednesday, April 11, 2012
THE LEGEND OF 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 Pabangkara. He was a good ruler and he liked to go hunting in the forest.
In one of the forests the king often visited, there lived a she-ping, actually a cursed goddess. One day, she came out of her hiding place looking for water. There she saw a coconut shell filled with water. Gladly she drank it, having no suspicions whatsoever that it was the king’s urine, left there the day before when hunting. The consequences were very strange, she became pregnant. In a few months, she have 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.
Dayang sumbi grew up to be a fine young girl, who was fond of weaving. One bright morning, as she was absorbed in weaving, her weaving-spool suddenly got loose. It flew out of the window to the field below. It was out of her reach, as her room was about three stories high. 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 came 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. Strangely, she underwent the same fate as her mother, the she-pig. She too became pregnant and a short time afterwards she gave birth to a strong healthy son, whom she called Sangkuriang.
Sangkuriang became a handsome young man. Like his grandfather, he was found of hunting in the forest and Tumang was his faithful friend when roaming the woods. He had no idea at all that Tumang 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-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. Angrily, he killed Tumang, cut his flesh into pieces 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, mother,” Sangkuriang responded calmly. For a 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 on a scar on the spot. Then Dayang Sumbi sent him away. Deeply grieved, Sangkuriang left and wandered through the woods.
After some years he returned to his native place, but did not recognize it any longer. In front of a house on stilts, he saw a young girl sitting at a weaving-loom. He approached her and, charmed by her beauty, he immediately proposed to her-unaware that she was his own mother.
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 that moment she realized that he was her own son.
After being left by Sangkuriang, Dayang Sumbi had been given eternal beauty by the gods, which was way she looked so young and Sangkuriang did not recognize her as his mother.
She made an effort to make him understand that a marriage between them was impossible. But Sangkuriang refused to accept the truth and was determined to get his own way. “What is to be done?” Dayang Sumbi 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 nigh to complete the work” Sangkuriang agreed and started to work. Near daybreak he approached the end, in spit of his magic powers and prayers to the god for help. Noticing this, Dayang Sumbi got alarmed and hatched 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 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 went south, for he 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.
Some time 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.
Tangkuban perahu are place is very exact f
or a tour with your family, we invite you going to Tangkuban perahu .
There are some large umberellas and some chair under the umberella.
In front of the bromo there is a …… It is surrounded by some beautiful flowers. There is a large swimming pool. The pool is divided into two parts, one for adults and one for children.