Friday, December 19, 2008

Keong Mas (The Golden Snail)

King Kertamarta was the king of Daha Kingdom. The king had 2 daughters; they were Galuh Ajeng and Candra Kirana who were pretty and kind.

Candra Kirana had been betrothed with Raden Inu Kertapati, Prince of Kahuripan who was handsome and wise.

But Galuh Ajeng, the sister of Candra Kirana was very jealous of her. It was because Galuh Ajeng was interested in Raden Inu. Galuh Ajeng then met the witch to put a spell on Candra Kirana.

She also defamed her so as Candra Kirana was exiled from the palace. When Candra Kirana went along the coast, the witch also emerged and spelled her to become a golden snail. But the spell would be broken if the golden snail met her fiance, Raden Inu.

One day an old woman, who was looking for the fish with her net, caught the golden snail. The golden snail was brought to her home and placed in the jug.

The next day the old woman as usual went to the sea to catch fish but she caught nothing. She went home disappointedly. But when she arrived at her hut, she was startled because she saw various delicious foods on the table. The old woman wondered who sent those foods.

So the following days the old woman underwent the similar incident. The next morning the old woman pretended to go to the sea but then she carried out surveillance of what happened. She saw the golden snail turned into a pretty girl and then started to cook. The old woman then asked her, “Who on earth are you, beautiful girl?”

“I am the princess of Daha Kingdom who was spelled and turned into a golden snail by my sister’s witch because she is jealous of me,” said the golden snail before she turned again into the golden snail. The old woman amazed by what she just saw.

The prince Inu Kertapati looked for Candra Kirana after realizing that the princess was disappeared. He searched for her by disguising as a commoner.

The witch who followed him, turned herself into the crow to bring misfortune on Raden Inu Kertapati.

Raden Inu Kertapati was very surprised seeing the speaking crow. He considered that the crow was magical and then he followed what the crow said. In fact the crow gave Raden Inu Kertapati the wrong direction.

In his journey Raden Inu Kertapati met an old man who was hungry, and gave him food. The old man evidently was the person who had supernatural power and he helped Raden Inu Kertapati from the crow.

The old man struck the crow with his wand, and the crow turned to smoke.

The old man told Raden Inu Kertapati where Candra Kirana was. He told Raden Inu Kertapati to go to Dadapan village.

After going for days he arrived to Dadapan village. He approached a hut to ask for water since he was very thirsty.

But he was very startled, after through the window he saw his fiance, Candra Kirana, was cooking. Suddenly the spell was broken because of the meeting.

Candra Kirana introduced Raden Inu to the old woman with whom she stayed with for all this time. After thanked to the old woman Raden Inu Kertapati brought his fiance to the palace. The King Kertamarta, who finally knew what Galuh Ajeng did to Candra Kirana, apologized to Candra Kirana and so Candra Kirana did. Frightened of being punished, Galuh Ajeng ran away to the forest but she slipped and fell into the chasm.

After Raden Inu Kertapati married Candra Kirana, he asked the kind old woman to stay in the palace and they all lived happily ever after.

(Sundanese Folk Tale)


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