Ning Rangda

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Folklore from South Kalimantan

A long time ago, there was an old woman named Ning Rangda. She was called Ning because she was old and had a hunchbacked body. Everybody knew her because she always makes a wedding dress.

Every time people asked why she sewed a new wedding dress, she always said that it was for her prospective husband. Do you want to know the whole story why Ning Rangda always sewed a new wedding dress? Read on!

When Rangda was a young girl, she always helped her parents. Her father was a tailor and Rangda always helped him sewed the people's dress. Rangda was also very beautiful. Many young men fell in love with her.

The king's son heard about Rangda. He was a prince of the kingdom and one day he would replace his father as the king. The prince was single and wanted to get married. So, he decided to go to Rangda's house. He wanted to order a dress from her.

When the prince arrived at Rangda's house, he fell in love with her. After getting his dress, he immediately went back to the palace. He wanted to tell his father that he already found his prospective wife.

However, right after the prince arrived at the palace, he suffered a terrible illness. He got high fever. 

And every time the prince slept, he always whispered a name, "Rangda, Rangda, Rangda."

The king was really worried. He asked his advisor about the Rangda's name. The advisor then told the king about the beautiful Rangda. The king knew that his son fell in love with her. The king then asked his soldiers to take him and the prince to Rangda's house. A soldier went first to Rangda's house. He was asked to tell Rangda and her parents about the wedding proposal.

As he arrived at Rangda's house, he told Rangda and her parents that the king and the prince would come to propose her. Rangda was very happy because she also fell in love with the prince. When the prince heard that she would meet the beautiful Rangda, he was very happy. Then he cured of his illness.

Then the prince, the king, and the soldiers went to Rangda's house. The trip was very tiring and that made the prince suffered his illness again. The illness was worse than the previous one. It was so bad that finally the prince died.

The king was sad. He thought it was useless to continue the trip. Then he went back to the palace. Meanwhile, Rangda did not know that the prince had died. She was sewing a wedding dress for the prince. She wanted to give him the best wedding dress.

Every day, she waited and waited for the prince but he never came. She always waited for the prince. She kept on sewing the wedding dress until she was old and had a hunchbacked body. ***

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