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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Timun Mas ( Gold Cucumber)

Folklore of Central Java

Timun Mas


Long time ago, living a couple of farmers. They live in a village near the forest. They live happy, unfortunately they have not only was a child also.

Every day they pray to the God. They pray to be soon be a child. One day a giant passes where they reside. Giant prayer is heard that wife's husband. Giant then provide them with seeds cucumber.

"Plant seeds of this, Later you will soon get a female child," said the giant.
"Thank you, giant," said the couple.
"But there is condition, at the age of 17 years the child must be submitted with you to me," the giant reply.
Without thinking long they agree, because it wanted a child.

Husband and wife farmers to plant the seeds cucumber. Every day they start caring for the plants that grow with it as best as possible. Many months and then bear a cucumber with golden color.

Fruit cucumber that the longer become larger and heavier. When the fruit is ripe, they take it, carefully slit the fruit. Sudenlly, in the fruit is found in infants of women who are very beautiful. Couple was very happy, they gave the name of the baby Timun Mas.

Year after year passed, Timun Mas grown into a beautiful girl. Both parents are very proud of her. But they became very afraid, because in the anniversary Timun Mas at 17, the giant will back. The giant take back that promises to take Timun Mas.

Farmers are trying to calm. "Wait a moment. Timun Mas playing. My wife would called her," he said. Farmers find it immediately to her doughter. "My girl, take this," she said while giving a cloth bag. "This will help fight the giant. Now flee as soon as possible," she said. So even Timun Mas immediately fled.

Couple on the sad departure Timun Mas. But they are not willing if their child become food giant. Giant waiting long time. He was not a patient. He knew, was that lied by couple of farmers. And he also destroyed the huts of the farmers. Then it was to pursue Timun Mas to forest.

Giant run chase immediately Timun Mas. Near the gian,Timun Mas immediately take the handful of salt from the cloth pouch. Then salt spread it to the giant. Suddenly a wide sea also unfold. Giant forced to swim with great difficulty.

Timun Mas ran again. But then most successful giant come closer. Timun Mas again taking bizarre objects from a cloth bag. He took the handful chili. Chili throwed to the giant. At once the tree branches and sharp thorns of the giant trap. Giant cried in pain. Timun Mas while running to save herself.

But the giant is really strong. He was again nearly captured Timun Mas. So Timun Mas is also a third issue of miraculous. She sow seeds Cucumber magic. At once grow the cucumber garden very knowledgeable. Giant very tired and hungry. He also eat the fresh cucumber with oneself. Because of too much eating, giant was slept.

Timun Mas again fled. She ran for dear life. But long run power out. More unlucky again because a giant awakened from sleep. Giant again almost catch her. Timun Mas very terrified. He also threw the last tool handful shrimp paste. Again, miracles happen. A lake of mud spread wide. Giant fall into it. Hands almost reach Timun Mas. But the lake mud is basic to withdraw it. Giant panic, he can not breathe, then submerged.

Timun Mas relieved. She has survived, Timun Mas is also return to home to their parents. Father and mother's Timun Mas happy to see Timun Mas be save. They held, "Thank you, God. You have to save my girl," said their delighted.

Since that time Timun Mas can live quietly with her parents. They can be happy without living in fear again.

1 comment:

  1. Good way to promote our folk tale, but after I read it, I found some of word choice errors. I suggest you to consult with professional writer or people who are more familiar with English words' choice, also pay attention more to your grammar. I will be willing to help if you want me to! anyway, good job! I really enjoy reading those stories :) Keep workig and improve it!

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