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The Story of Golden Cucumber

The Story of Golden Cucumber

    Long time ago in the island of Java, Indonesia, there lived a couple of farmer. They had married for some years but they had no children. So they prayed to a monster called Buta Ijoto to give them children. Buto Ijo was a ferocious and powerful monster. He granted their wish on one condition. When their children had grown up, they had to sacrifice them to Buto Ijo. He liked eating fresh meat of human being. The farmers agreed to his condition. Several months later the wife was pregnant.

She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. They named her Timun Emas. The farmers were happy. Timun Emas was very healthy and a very smart girl. She was also very diligent. When she was a teenager Buto Ijo came to their house. Timun Emas was frightened so she ran away to hide. The farmers then told Buto Ijo Timun Emas was still a child. They asked him to postpone. Buto Ijo agreed. He promised to come again. The following year Buto Ijo came again. But again again their parents said that Timun Emas was still a child.

When the third time Buto Ijo came, her parents had prepared something for him. They gave Timun Emas several bamboo needles, seeds of cucumber, dressing and salt as weapons if Buto Ijo chased her.

Timun Emas was scared so she ran as quickly as she could. When Buto Ijo arrived she was far from home. He was very angry when he realized that his prey had left. So he ran to chase her.

When Buto Ijo was just several steps behind, Timun Emas quickly spread the seeds of cucumber. In seconds they turned into many vines of cucumber. Buto Ijo was very thirsty so he grabbed and ate them. When Buto Ijo was busy eating cucumber Timun Emas could run away. But soon Buto realized and started running again. When he was just several steps behind, Timun Emas threw her bamboo needles. Soon they turned into dense bamboo tress. It was very hard for Buto Ijo to pass the dense bamboo forest. Meanwhile Timun Emas could run farther. Buto Ijo chased her again again, Timun Emas threw her dressing. This time it turned into a lake. Buto Ijo was busy to save himself so Timun Emas ran away. But Buto Ijo overcame it and continued chasing her.

Finally when Timun Emas was almost caught she threw her salt. Soon the land where Buto Ijo stood turned into ocean. Buto Ijo was drowned and died instantly. Timun Emas was thankful to god and came back to her home.

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2 Komentar untuk "The Story of Golden Cucumber"

We are doing this story in our music class...
Our topic is Gamelan and our final piece is to create a puppet show with Gamelan music
The story had to be an Indonesian one...We loved this story in our group...
Thanks for this website because it helped a lot...
But please could you add more pictures?

Thx u for reading my blog. I wish I could add some more pictures. Let's see what I can do in free time. Keep browsing, folk!

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