Sangkuriang, the legend of Mt. Tangkuban Perahu

Sangkuriang - Folk Tale from West Java, Indonesia

Mount Tangkuban Perahu, West Java, Indonesia

In antiquity, there was the story of a daughter of the king in West Java, named Dayang Sumbi. He has a son named Sangkuriang. The child was very fond of hunting. He was accompanied by Tumang hunting, dog palace. Sangkuriang do not know, that dog is the incarnation of the god and father.

One day Tumang not want to follow his orders to pursue prey. So the dog is expelled into the woods. When he returned to the palace, Sangkuriang recounted the incident to her mother. Dayang Sumbi not playing angry when he heard that story. He accidentally hit his head Sangkuriang rice with a spoon in her hand. Sangkuriang injured. He was very disappointed and went wandering.

After the incident, Dayang Sumbi very sorry for himself. He was always very diligent in prayer and penance. At one time, the gods gave him a gift. He will be forever young and everlasting beauty. After years of wandering, Sangkuriang eventually intends to return to his homeland.

Arriving there, the kingdom has changed completely. There he met a lovely girl, who was none other Sumbi Dayang. Fascinated by the beauty of the woman then, Sangkuriang proposed. Therefore it is very handsome youth, Dayang Sumbi was very fascinated him. One day Sangkuriang asked permission to hunt. He ask Sumbi Dayang to straighten the headband. Dayang Sumbi was surprised when he saw the scars on the head of her future husband. The cut was exactly like a wound that has left her son to leave. After a long noticed, it turns out the young man's face is very similar to her son's face. He became very frightened.

So then he sought to thwart the efforts that the process of making a proposal. He filed two terms. First, he asked the young man to stem the Citarum river. And second, he asked Sangkuriang to make a big boat to get across that river. The second requirement that must be met before dawn. That night Sangkuriang do penance. With his power he exert magical creatures to help finish the job. Dayang Sumbi secretly peek at the job.

Once the work was almost complete, Dayang Sumbi ordered his troops to roll out a red silk cloth in the east of the city. When watching the color red in the east of the city, Sangkuriang thought it was late morning. He also stopped work. He was very angry because it meant he could not fulfill the requirements demanded Dayang Sumbi. With his strength, he made the dam break. There followed a great flood swept across the city. He then kicked the big boat he made. The canoe floated and crashed into a mountain named "Tangkuban Boat."


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