Pulau Mas

Folklore From West Java

ONCE upon a time there was a prince. His name was Prince Wiralodra. He was a strong and powerful prince. It was because he had great skills in martial arts. Besides, he also had supernatural skills. The kingdom was safe from bad people. No criminals dared to do bad things. They all were afraid of Prince Wiralodra.

The numbers of people in the kingdom were continuously growing. The prince thought that the kingdom could not occupy the people anymore. He planned to open a jungle. He wanted to cut the trees and made the jungle as a new village. The prince held a meeting with his soldiers.

"l want you to be ready. Tomorrow morning we will go to the jungle near this kingdom."

All of his soldiers were silent. They were speechless.

"Why were you so quiet?" asked the prince.

"Come on, say something!"

The soldiers were only looking at one another. It seemed that they were hoping someone would tell the prince about the jungle. Finally one of the soldiers opened his mouth and talked.

"Sir, we heard that the jungle is haunted. A genie lives there." said the soldier.

"What?! A genie?!" asked the prince.

"Yes, Sir. We heard that the genie always hurts people who come to the jungle. He does not like his jungle to be disturbed," explained the soldier.

"Listen to me," said the prince.

"We need the jungle for our people. We have to provide new land for them. The jungle doesn't belong to the genie. It belongs to us. If he doesn't like that, he must go and leave the jungle."

"But Sir, how can we ask the genie to leave the jungle?"

"Don't worry, that is my business. I will take care of the genie by myself. Now, I want all of you to be ready. We will go to the jungle early in the morning. And once again, don't be afraid of the genie," said the prince.

On the following morning, Prince Wiralodra and his soldiers went to the jungle. And when they arrived, they set the tents for their base camp. Later they started to cut the trees.

While they were busy cutting the trees, they heard strange sound. They knew it was the sound of the angry genie. The genie was angry and he started to hurt the soldiers. The soldiers were doing their best to fight the genie. But the genie was too strong. The soldiers reported to the prince.
Prince Wiralodra immediately came to the genie.

"Who are you?" asked the genie.

"I am Prince Wiralodra. I am here to open the jungle for our people."

"You can't do that, it's my home."

"But we also need the jungle, you can live in another place," said the prince.

The argument was leading to a fight. The prince had a great supernatural power. He used the power to fight. The genie did not know that the prince was very powerful. In just a minute, the genie lost the fight.

"I don t know where to live," said the genie.

"Don't worry, you can live in that island over there. No one lives in that island."

Later the genie lived in the island. People often saw golden light from the island. Since then people named the island as Pulau Mas, which means Golden Island.***

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The Legend of Nusa Island

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Folklore from Central Kalimantan (Central Borneo)

A long time ago there was a man named Nusa, he was a farmer. He lived with his wife and his brother. Nusa and his brother were very diligent farmers.

Nusa and other farmers in the village were sad because the rain had not fallen for a very long time. Their rice fields were dried. They needed water.

Nusa then decided to ask his family to move to another place. After walking for three days, they finally arrived in a new place. It was very fertile. They had a lot of water because there was a river there.

After they arrived, Nusa looked for something to eat. Later he brought a very big egg. He asked his wife to cook the egg.

After it was cooked, he asked his wife and his brother to eat the egg. However, they refused to eat. They were not sure with the egg. It was very big, Nusa did not care because he was so hungry. After he ate, then he slept.

In the morning Nusa screamed in pain. His wife and brother immediately came to him. They were surprised to see what happened to Nusa. His body was full of scales. His legs changed into a tail. His body was getting bigger.

“What happened to me?”, He said.

“Was it because of the egg I ate last night? Oh my God! Maybe it’s a dragon’s egg. Now I have changed into a dragon.”

Nusa then asked his wife and brother to move him to the river. He could not walk and move his body on the land. Slowly they tried to pull Nusa’s body. Finally they succeeded.

“Please forgive me, I cannot live with you anymore. I will live in this river, go home and tell people about me. Ask them to be careful with what they eat” said Nusa. Later Nusa disappeared into the river.

Nusa had completely changed into a dragon. He ate fish. All the fish were scared.

Nusa ate a lot of fish. The fish had to do something. They had to stop Nusa from eating them. They then held a meeting.

“I have an idea,” said a small fish. “Just be prepared to attack the dragon when I give you all the sign.”

The small fish then came to Nusa. He said, “Master, there is another dragon live in the river. The dragon is bigger and more powerful than you are. He challenges you to fight”, said the small fish to Nusa.

“Oh yeah, Hmmm I’m the biggest dragon and the most powerful dragon. I will fight him!” said Nusa.

In days and nights Nusa was preparing the fight. He was always thinking about his enemy. He could not sleep. He was very tired. When Nusa was sleepy, the small fi sh screamed.

“Master! Your enemy was behind you!”

Nusa turned his big body very fast. His tail was still in front of him. He thought his tail was his enemy. He attacked and bit his own tail and he screamed.

Suddenly the small fish said, “Attack!”

Than all the fish attacked Nusa.

They all bit Nusa’s body. Nusa tried to save his life. He swam to the river side. But it was too late. He was very weak. Finally he died.

His body slowly changed into an island. People then named the island as Nusa Island. It’s located at Kahayan River, Central Kalimantan. ***

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