The Legend of Golog Stone

Legenda Batu Golog >> Edisi Bahasa Indonesia

Folklore from West Nusa Tenggara

Once upon a time, there was a family of farmers. The father's name was Amaq Lebain and the mother's name was Inaq Lebain. They had two children, a son and a daughter. They lived happily.

The parents really loved their children. Every time they went farming, they always brought they children to the rice fields.

One day the father went to the market to sell their harvest Meanwhile, the mother went to the rice field alone to pound the rice. And as always, she brought the children to the rice field.

"Please take care of our children. I won't to be long in the market. I will go to the rice field after I finish selling the harvest," said the father.

"I will be careful," said the mother.

"Okay, Mother," said the children.

Later the mother was busy pounding the rice. It was quite noisy. Strangely, every time the mother pounded the rice, the stone where the children were sitting down was growing. The children were scared. They screamed.

"Mother? The stone is getting taller!" They screamed.

The mother could not hear them well. She thought the children asked her to go home.

"Just the minutes kids, I will finish this soon," said the mother.

"But mom, the stone is getting taller. We were scared," the children were crying.

"Be patient, I will finish pounding the rice soon," said the mother.

Again, she could not hear them well. It was repeated again and again. The golog stone was getting taller and taller and finally it reached the clouds. The children could not be seen it anymore.

When the mother finished pounding the rice, she was shocked! She could not find her children. She was crying. She then prayed to God. She wanted to bring her children down but she did not know how to do it. Somehow God answered her pray. She had to use the rice pounder to cut down the Golog stone.

Then she hit the stone with the rice pounder. Amazingly, the stone broke down into three pieces. The first part fell in an area which later called Gembong Village. The second part fell in area which was later named Dasan Batu, and the last part fell in area which later was named Montong Teker. Unfortunately, the two children could not come back to their mother. They had changed into birds.***

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