Timun Mas (Golden Cucumber) | Cerita Legenda Indonesia

Timun Mas (Golden Cucumber) | Cerita Legenda Indonesia
Long time ago, lived an old women named Sirni. She lived by herself because her husband had long passed away and she had no children. Every day, she prayed so God give her a child. One night,when she was praying, a giant passed her house and heard her pray. "I can give you a child on one condition,"the giant said to Mbok Sirni, "You must give the child back to me when it is six years old."Mbok Sirni was so happy, she didn't think about the risk of losing the child later and agree to take the giant's offer. Then the giant give her a bunch of cucumber seeds. "Plant it around your house."The giant then left without saying anything else. In the morning, Mbok Sirni planted the seeds. The seeds grew within mere days and blossomed plentifully. Not longer after that, a big golden cucumber grew from plants. Carefully, Mbok Sirni plucked the golden cucumber and carried it home. With caution and care, she sliced the cucumber. She was very surprised to see a beautiful baby girl inside the cucumber. She then named the baby Timun Mas or Golden Cucumber.

Years passed by and Timun mas has changed into a beautiful girl. On her 6th birthday, Timun Mas was very happy. However, Mbok Sirni was very sad. Mbok Sirni knew she had to keep her promise to the giant but she also didn't want to lose her beloved daughter. One night, Mbok Sirni had a dream. In order to save her daughter, she had to meet the holy man who lived in mount Gundul. The next morning, mbok Sirni took leave of Timun Mas to go to Mount Gundul. The holy man then gave her four little bags, each one containing cucumber seeds, needles, salt and shrimp paste (terasi). "Timun Mas can use these to protect herself," said the holy man to Mbok Sirni.

Right after that, the giant came into their house and shouted to Mbok Sirni, "where is Timun Mas?". "Save your and run,Timun Mas," said her mother. The giant was very angry. He knew Mbok Sirni wanted tok break her promise. he chased Timun Mas away. The giant was getting closer and closer. Timun Mas than opened the bag and threw the cucumber seeds, and instantly they grew into large cucumber field. But the giant ate them all, giving him more strength. As the giant was getting close, Timun Mas took the second bag, the needles inside and spilled it behind her and turned into bamboo trees, sharp and thorny. The giant's body was scratched and bled. "aaarrgghhhh..., I'll get you Timun Mas!"shouted the giant as he tried to get himself out from the bamboo field.

Timun Mas took her third bag, salt, and threw it. It became a deep sea. The giant almost drown and had to swim to cross the sea. Then, she reached for the last bag. It was a shrimp paste, she threw it and became a big swamp of boiling mud. The giant was trapped in the middle of the swamp. The giant was still trying to swim the the swamp but he was very tired. The he was drowning and died. Timun Mas then immediately went home. Since then, Timun Mas and mbok Sirni live happily together again.***

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