Gunung Batu Benawa

Folklore From South Kalimantan

IN South Kalimantan there is a mountain that often visited by tourists. It is a favorite place for campers. The name of the mountain is Batu Benawa Mountain or Gunung Batu Benawa. Local people say that the mountain has a story. The legend happened a long time ago. Do you want to know how the mountain was made? Read on!

A long time ago there was an old woman living with his only son. His name was Raden Penganten. They were poor. The only had a small piece of land to cultivate. Sometimes Raden Penganten hunted in the jungle and sold the animal meat.

Raden Penganten was not happy with his life. He wanted to have a better life. He wanted to live in a big house, have a lot of money, and get married. He planned to leave the house and work in other island. However, his mother disagreed.

"No, Son. Please stay here with me. I know we don't have much, but we have everything we need. We have food and shelter," said the mother.

"But Mother, I want to get married. And I want my family to be happy. I want to have a big house and a lot of money. I want to sail. I promise I will be back home soon and bring you a lot of money," said Raden Penganten.

The mother was speechless. She could say nothing. She knew her son was stubborn. When he already made up his mind. It could not be changed at all.

Sadly, she let her son go. She repeatedly asked him to go back home soon. And Raden Penganten promised. Raden Penganten sailed in a big ship. The cruise spent days. And finally the ship harboured in a big city. Raden Penganten did not know what to do. He came to many people asking if they had a job for him. After.seeing many people, finally a rich merchant accepted him to work. Raden Penganten was very happy. He worked diligently. He was also smart.

In a very short time, he could learn everything. The merchant was very happy. Since Raden Penganten worked for him, their business grew increasingly. The merchant gave him more trust. Raden Penganten was not just an employee anymore, he was like a manager. He paid the trust by working harder. The merchant was very happy with him. He did not have a son; he only had one beautiful daughter. Sq he planned to ask Raden Penganten to marry his daughter. Raden Penganten agreed. He had been in love with the merchant's daughter.

However, he did not have any courage to propose her, because he was just an employee. And later, the wedding was held. The party was great. Many people came. The couple was very happy. Several months after they got married.

Raden.Penganten was thinking about his mother. He wanted to visit her. He. asked his wife to join him. They sailed ina big ship. After cruising for days, they finally arrived.

People were amazed. They were talking about Raden Penganten. The mother finally heard that his only son was finally coming back home. She immediately left the house. When she arrived she sawmany people were looking at the ship. She was trying tio approach the ship. When she daw her son, she called out his name,

"Raden Penganten... Raden Penganten... Welcome home, Son!"

Raden Penganten was shocked to see her mother. She Iooked dirty. Her clothes were shabby. And she also looked very old. Raden Penganten was ashamed to see his mother. He pretended not to see her. He ignored his own mother!

Raden Penganten asked his crews to leave the harbor. They wanted to continue sailing. The mother was very sad. She prayed to God to punish her son. God answered her prayer. Suddenly heavy rain fell down. Storm and thunder attacked the ship. The ship could not maintain its balance. Soon it was broken into pieces.

The big piece stranded. Slowly it changed into a mountain. People then named the mountain as Balu Benawa Mountain.***

Gunung = mountain

The Legend of Tes Lake

Folklore from Bengkulu

THERE was a man lived in Kutei Donok village, Bengkulu. People call him Pahit Lidah. He was named Pahit Lidah because he had magical power. Whatever he said would come true. That was why Pahit Lidah was always careful with his words.

Pahit Lidah had a son. One day Pahit Lidah left his village. He wanted to open new rice field. He asked permission to the head of the village. The head of the village gave him the permission. Pahit Lidah went alone. His son still stayed at home.

After walking for several hours, he finally found a good place for his new rice field. He brought his hoe and started using it. He dug the soil and threw it to the Air Ketahun River. He was working days and nighst and he never stopped to rest. He was very powerful. He kept on hoeing the soil and always threw it to the river.

He had been working for two days and there was a lot of land covering the river. Slowly the soil blocked the water. The soil in the river made the water did not flow smoothly.

The villagers were restless. They knew if Pahit Lidah kept on throwing the soil to the river, finally the river would totally blocked by the soil. They were afraid that the water would overflow and their village would be flooded.

The villagers then reported this to the head of the village. After he knew the problem, the head of the village sent some villagers to meet Pahit Lidah. They had to persuade him to stop working and returned home.

“If he still does not want to go home, tell him that his son is dead,” said the head of the villagers.

Later the villagers left. They finally met Pahit Lidah. As planned, they tried to persuade him to stop working. However, Pahit Lidah ignored them. Then they told him that his son was dead.

“Impossible. My son is fine. He is still alive,” said Pahit Lidah.

They villagers gave up. They went home and reported to the head of the village.

“I’m sorry, Sir. Pahit Lidah did not want to listen to us. Maybe if you tell him, he will listen to you. He really respects you,” said one villager.

“Hmmm. Alright, I will go now,” said the head of the village.

The head of the village then found Pahit Lidah still hoeing the soil. Later he persuaded Pahit Lidah.

“Pahit Lidah, let’s go home now. Your son is dead,” said the head of the village.

Pahit Lidah stopped working. He really respected the head of the village.

Then he said, “Because you said that my son is dead, now I really believe that my son is dead,” said Pahit Lidah sadly.

“So, why don’t you go home now?”

“I will, Sir. I just need to hoe the soil a little more,” said Pahit Lidah.

After that, the head of the village left him. Pahit Lidah just realized his mistake. Pahit Lidah was so sure that his son was not dead, then his son was indeed dead. He was so angry. However it was too late. He kept on hoeing and throwing the soil to the river. And finally the land completely blocked the river and it made a new lake. People named the lake as Tes Lake.***

Danau Tes(Tes Lake)

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