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THE KASARUNG LANGUR

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  Image by https://pixabay.com/photos/monkey-langur-animal-gray-langur-1646400/ Once there lived a princess called Purbasari. She was Prabu Tapa Agung’s youngest daughter and Prabu Tapa himself was the ruler of Pasir Batang Kingdom. Purbasari had six elder sisters; they were Purbararang, Purbadewata, Purbaendah, Purbakancana, Purbamanik and Purbaleuih. Princess Purbasari was kindhearted and had a very good manner. She was kind, sweet and liked helping others. She would undoubtedly stretch out a hand of mercy to the people who needed help. Princess Purbasari had a pleasing appearance. Everyone liked her at the first sight as if her body produced a magnetic field that attracted people around her. On the contrary, her elder sister, Purbararang, didn’t possess such a virtue. Though Purbararang was pretty, she was very rude, proud, evil and jealous. If she disliked a person, she would surely ask her bodyguards to get that person out of her sight. Prabu Tapa Agung decided to step down from t

THE STORY OF THE GOLDEN CUCUMBER

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  Image by Prawny from Pixabay Long ago, there lived a middle aged widow called Mbok Satiyem in a kampong of central Java. She lived alone and she was always willing to have a child, but there was nothing she could do because her husband had died. She could only wait for the miracle to happen. She prayed for a baby day and night and perhaps God would answer her prayer.   Mbok Satiyem had a strange dream one evening. In the dream, a giant approached the widow and asked her to go to pick up a vegetable basket under a tree in the forest where she usually cut firewood. When she woke up the next morning, she could hardly believe what she had dreamed.   The widow tired her best to remove the hesitation. She went to the place where the giant had shown her in the dream. After she arrived there, she began to look for the vegetable basket under the tree. She taught it should be a baby lying under the blanket while she found the basket. However, she was surprised to see that it was o

SEMINYAK BEACH IN BALI

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  Image by: Porcinno Rondus - Imported from 500px (archived version) by the Archive Team. (detail page), CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71795154 Seminyak is one of the most favorable tropical beaches in the world. It is located on Bali Island and people usually go there on weekends. It is indeed an ideal location for tourists to spend their vacations with family members, friends and relatives. The locals also call it Dhyanapura Beach and it is more quite than other beaches in Bali. Some people like a quiet place to sit and admire the beautiful view of nature. Sometimes, it’s comfortable to stay at an uncrowded place. While you’re traveling to Seminyak Beach, you’ll find that there’re a lot of street vendors selling food and drink. That location is called the Eating Street as most tourists are fond of eating food at the roadside. It has another sensation to eat outdoors while the weather is fine. Seminyak Beach is famous for its white and clean sand. It is so

THE LEGEND OF LAKE BATUR

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  Image by Alexey Komarov , CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=60336400 Once there lived a well respected couple in Bali. They didn't have any children, though they had been married for a long time. The couple prayed to Sang Hyang Widi Wasa day and night. They hoped that the god would grant their request, so they could have a baby. Eventually, the wife was pregnant and bore a baby boy a few months later. It was strange that the baby boy grew extremely fast. He had a strong appetite and ate four or five plates of food every day. His body became very big and tall. That was why everybody called him Kebo Iwa, which meant Uncle Buffalo. After he grew up, he was as tall as a hill and his strength was as furious as the hurricane. He was known as the destroyer. Whenever he was angry, he ruined every single thing around him easily. He would destroy the houses in the village while he lost his temper. However, he was glad to help villagers build houses, temples, dig we

THE CRYING STONE

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  Image by B0red from Pixabay  Long ago, there lived a widow and her daughter on a hill far away from the village. Life was hard and they could only life from hand to mouth. The daughter was pretty and she was very proud of herself. However, she was lazy and never helped her mother do the housework. Not only was she lazy, but she was a spoiled brat as well. She often asked her mom to buy expensive clothes and didn't care that her mother had to work very hard to make money. She often refused when her mom asked her to go to the rice field together. One day, the widow wanted her daughter to accompany her to the market. It was a long way and they should walk for hours. The daughter walked in front of her mother and wore nice clothes. Everyone couldn't help looking at her and praised that she was charming. The widow walked behind her daughter, carrying a big vegetable basket on her back and dressed like a housemaid. As they lived far away from the village, nobody knew their lifest

THE LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN SNAIL

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Image by Congerdesign from Pixabay Once upon a time, there lived two beautiful princesses in Daha kingdom. One was Candra Kirana and the other was Dewi Galuh. The two princesses lived a wealthy and joyful life. One day, a prince from Kahuripan came to visit. The handsome prince’s name was Raden Inu Kertapati. He came to propose Princess Candra Kirana and he was gladly welcome by the king of Daha. Finally, the prince and the princess got engaged. Princess Dewi Galuh was very jealous as she thought she was more qualified than her sister. Later, she paid an old witch to transform her sister into an ugly creature. The witch cast a spell over Princess Candra Kirana and turned her into a golden snail. The witch then threw the golden snail in the river. A few days later, an old woman was catching fish by the river and the golden snail was caught inside the fishing net. The woman brought the snail home and kept it in a jar. The next day, the old woman went to the river again but she caught no

THE FOLKTALE OF PENYUMPIT AND PUTRI MALAM

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Image by Erlian Zakia Ayu Anggarani from Pixabay Long ago, there lived a young man called Penyumpit in a village in Bangka-Belitung. He lived in a little house left by his parents. His father often borrowed money from Pak Raje the village head when he was alive. Pak Raje was a rich man but he was very cunning and stingy. The debts of Penyumpit’s father had never been paid off because Pak Raje always raised the interest rates. Though both the parents already passed away, Pak Raje never legally declared the debts void. Penyumpit should pay his late father’s debts by taking care of Pak Raje’s rice field. As the harvest was coming, Penyumpit should safeguard the rice field day and night. Pak Raje would fine him if the rice field got damaged. This was what Pak Raje told Penyumpit before going to the rice field. In fact, Pak Raje knew it was very likely that wild pigs would enter the paddy field and ate the crop. When the harvest came, Penyumpit had to cut and gather the crop in the daytime