The Prince of Frog

Pangeran Katak/Kodok >> Edisi Indonesia

Folklore from Bali

BALI was suffering from a long drought. It was dried everywhere. Some people were sick. They did not have enough water. Children and old people suffered the most and some of them could not hold the pain anymore. Slowly they died. The disaster was also felt by the animal. They were lying very weakly.

People were confused. They did not know what to do. They had been praying and asking gods to send them rain. They needed water badly. But still, rain did not fall yet.

And finally, one of the gods came down to earth. He was the God of Darkness.

"This disaster is a punishment for you all. You no longer care for others. You just think of yourself," said the God of Darkness.

"We are sorry and we promise to be kind to others. And what should we do to end this disaster?" asked one of the villagers.

"It's easy. I need one young man who is willing to sacrifice himself. I will change him into a frog. He can sing to make rain fall down. And he can change back into a human if he can find a girl who truly loves him as a frog."

People were staring at each other. They were not talking, but it was clear that they were looking for a man who was willing to change as a frog. And no one wanted to do it. People almost gave up. The disaster was getting severe and they had to have rain soon. Otherwise more people and more cattle would die.

Prince Putu Oka was very sad to see the condition. He thought he had to do something to end the disaster. And yes... he was willing to sacrifice himself and change into a frog.

The God of Darkness changed prince Putu Oka into a frog. People were very touched to see how he sacrificed for the people. And after he became a frog the prince immediately sang the songs. And it worked! Slowly, the sky became dark. It was full of dark cloud. Then an amazing thing happened. Rain fell down!

People were happy. They had much water. The cattle were fresh. And the rice fields were green. And of course, Prince Putu Oka was also happy. What he did was very beneficial for the people. His sacrifice was not useless. However he slowly became very lonely. He wanted to meet his friends and play with them. But no one wanted to play with a frog.

The prince of frog did not give up. He knew he had to find a girl who loved him then he could change back into human.

The prince started his journey. He arrived at a palace. There was a beautiful girl at the garden. She looked very sad. The prince of frog came to the girl.

"What's the matter? You looked very sad," asked the frog.

The girl was surprised to see a frog who could talk like humans. And she finally responded to the frog.

"I lost my ring in the pond. No one can help me. It's my favorite ring. I'm really sad."

"Don't worry, I can help you," said the frog.

He immediately swam into the pond. He did not have any problem finding the missing ring. And when he found it, he swam to the surface and gave it to the girl.

"Thank you very much. You are the only one who can help me. I really love you," said the girl.

"Really?" the frog was smiling.

He knew his journey to find a girl who could love him just ended. And he was right, he slowly changed back into a human. The girl was so surprised when the frog changed into a handsome man.

However she was also happy to meet this young and handsome man. They fell in love and later they got married. They lived happily ever after.

Bali scene

Bali Scene

Batara Kala (God of Darkness)

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