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Talaga Warna

Talaga Warna

A long time ago, there was a kingdom in West Java. The king was wise and kind-hearted. No wonder the kingdom was prosperous. Unfortunately, he hadn’t any children yet.

The king and the queen were so sad. They were lonely. Furthermore, they were worried about who would be their successor.

Wanting to have a child, the king went to the forest and prayed to God. God granted his wish. A few months later, the queen got pregnant.

When a baby girl was born, people welcomed her happily. They presented so many gifts. Day by day, the princess grew more and more beautiful. The king and queen spoiled her too much. It made the princess have a bad temper.

Before her seventeenth birthday, many people gave her beautiful presents. The king took some gold and jewels. He asked a goldsmith to make a beautiful necklace for the princess.

On the princess birthday, people gathered in the courtyard. Cheers grew louder and louder when the king, queen, and princess appeared. 

“My beloved daughter, I give this necklace for you. People in this kingdom love you so much. It is a gift from them,” said the king while presenting the necklace.

The princess accepted and looked at it briefly. “I don’t want it. It’s ugly!” Then she threw it away.

Everybody was speechless. Nobody could say anything. They didn’t believe that the princess would do such cruel thing to hurt everybody’s feeling. The queen and the people were sad. They began crying.

Then there was a miracle. The earth was crying, too. Suddenly, a spring emerged from the ground. The water drowned the entire kingdom.

People called the lake “Talaga Warna”. On a bright day, it is full of colors. The colors come from the shadows of a forests, plants, flowers, and sky around the lake. However, some people said that the shadows are from the pieces of princess’ necklace which are scattered at the bottom of the lake.

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