I Ceker Cipak

Folklore from Bali

ONCE upon a time, there lived a young man with his mother. His name was I Ceker Cipak. He was a good son. He was obedient and helpful to his mother. His father died. when he was a baby. I Ceker Cipak wanted to have a better life. He told his mother that he wanted to buy some corns. He planned to cook the corns and later sold them. His mother agreed. She then gave him some money.

I Ceker Cipak went to the market. It was far from his house. On the way to the market, he saw some people were beating a cat. The cat stole their food. I Ceker Cipak did not have the heart to see the cat in such a great pain. He told them,

"May I buy the cat?"

Those people were laughing. They taught he was crazy. However, they let him buy the cat. Then he continued the journey. Later he saw some people were hurting a dog. They said that the dog stole their eggs. The dog was in pain and I Ceker Cipak was sad to see that. He then asked if he could buy the dog. The people were laughing, however they agreed. He gave them some moneyandbrought the dog withhim.

Later, he saw some people were hurting a snake. They said that the snake ate their chiclten. Again, he bought the snake. He continued the journey. Then, he saw some people were hurting a mouse. They said that the mouse had destroyed their rice field. ]ust like before, he bought the mouse.

He continued his journey with the dog, the cat, the snake, and the mouse. Suddenly he realized that he did not have any money. All his money was spent to buy those animals. I Ceker Cipak was sad. He was thinking of his mother. He stopped and cried.

The animals were sad to see him crying. The snake said,

"Don't be sad. I have something that can make you happy. Here, please take this ring. If you rub it to a thing, it will change into gold!"


I Ceker Cipak was surprised. He did not know that the snake was a-ble to speak! He accepted the ring. He rubbed it to his bag. Amazingly, it changed into gold! I Ceker Cipak was extremely happy.

He immediately went home. I Ceker Cipak and his mother became very rich. He let the animals live inside his new big hbuse.

One day, I Ceker Cipak accidentally dropped the ring. It had some cracks. He went to a goldsmith. He planned to ask him to flx the ring.

Sadly, the goldsmith accidentally found our that it was a magic ring. He had a bad idea. He made a new a ring that exactly looked Iike the magic ring. He then gave the false ring to I Ceker Cipak and kept the real ring.

At home, I Ceker Cipak tried to rub the magic ring to a stone. However the stone did not change into gold.

"Hey, this is not our ring," said the mother.

"The goldsmith must have replaced our ring!"

I Ceker Cipak was confused. He did not know what to do. He knew that they did not any proof that the goldsmith had replaced their ring.

"We must help our master," said the snake to the cat, the dog, and the mouse. Later, they went to the goldsmith's house.

They slowly walked inside the house. The dog used his nose to sniff the ring. When they saw the ring, they carefully took it. Later they ran very fast!

At home, the animals gave the rqagic ring to I Ceker Cipak. He was so happy.He put the ring carefully. Since then I Ceker Cipak and his mother lived happily ever after. ***

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