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Timun Mas (The Golden Cucumber)

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Folklore from Central Java
ONCE upon a time, not far from a jungle, lived a husband and a wife. They were farmers. They were diligent farmers and always worked hard in the paddy fields. They had been married for many years and still not have a child yet. Every day they prayed and prayed for a child.

One night, while they were praying, a giant passed their house. The giant heard they pray.

"Don't worry farmers. I can give you a child. But you have to give me that child when she is 17 years old," said the giant.

The farmers were so happy. They did not think about the risk of losing their child later and agree to take the offer. Later, the giant gave them a bunch of cucumber seeds. The farmers planted them carefully. Then the seeds changed into plants.

Not longer after that, a big golden cucumber grew from plants. After it had ripe, the farmers picked and cut it. They were very surprised to see beautiful girl inside the cucumber. They named her Timun Mas or Golden Cucumber. Years passed by and Timun Mas has changed into a beautiful girl.

On her 17th birthday, Timun Mas was very happy. However, the parents were very sad. They knew they had to keep their promise to the giant but they also did not want to lose their beloved daughter.

"My daughter, take this bag. It can save you from the giant," said the father.

"What do you mean, Father? I don't understand," said Timun Mas.

Right after that, the giant came into their house.

"Run Timun Mas. Save your life!" said the mother.

The giant was angry. He knew the farmers wanted to break their promise. He chased Timun Mas away. The giant was getting closer and closer.

Timun Mas Dessert
Timun Mas then opened the bag and threw a handful of salt. It became a sea. The giant had to swim to cross the sea.

Later, Timun Mas threw some chilli. It became a jungle with trees. The trees had sharp thorns so they hurt the giant. However, the giant was still able to chase Timun Mas.

Timun Mas took her third magic stuff. It was cucumber seeds. She threw them and became cucumber field. But the giant still could escape from the field.

Then there was the last magic stuff she had in the bag. It was a shrimp paste, terasi. She threw it and became a big swamp. The giant was still trying to swim the swamp but he was very tired. Then he was drowning and died.

Timun Mas then immediately went home. The farmers were so happy that they finally together again. ***

Did you know?

Buto Ijo Dessert

Buto in Javanese means giant. The well known Javan Giant is Buto Ijo. But there are many kinds of giants such as Buto Buto Cakil, Buto Jathilan, Buto Terong (eggplant), and Buto Rambut Geni. 

Buto Ijo is indeed the most fomous. Buto Buto Ijo appeared in Folklore from Central Java, Timun Mas. Buto Ijo has in common with green skin Ogre and it's a kind of wild genie.

Terasi (Shrimp paste) or shrimp sauce, is a common ingredient used in Indonsia. It is made from fermented ground shrimp or krill mixed with salt. (wiki)

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