Published November 20, 2011 by zasharaesher

Jaka Tarub and Nawang Wulan


Jaka Tarub was a handsome and diligent young man. He lived in a village near a lake. One day, when Jaka Tarub passed the lake, he heard some giggles and laughs of some girls who were bathing in the lake. He was curious, so he pepped trough the bushes. There were seven beautiful girls in the lake. They’re the fairies from the heavenly kingdom of kahyangan. Jaka Tarub saw a scarf near the bushes. It belong to one of the fairies. So, he took it and hid it.

Crackkk!! Accidentally, Jaka Tarub stepped on a twig. “There is someone!” said the one of the fairy. “Let’s get back hurry!” she said. They pulled offer and wore their scarf. But something happend, “Where is my scarf? Where is it? Help me to find it please!”. One of the fairy couldn’t find her scarf. She was the youngest fairy called Nawang Wulan. They tried to search for it, but it was no where to be found. “We’re sorry, Wulan. We have to go back to kahyangan.” said the eldest fairy. “You’ll have to find it by yourself. We’ll wait for you in kahyangan.” She said in empathy. Then, the other fairies flew to the sky leaving Nawang Wulan behind. Nawang Wulan saw them leaving in tears. She was so sad.

Suddenly, “Excuse me…” said Jaka Tarub, startling Nawang Wulan. “Are you ok?” he asked. Nawang Wulan moved backward, “Who are you?” she asked. “My name is Jaka Tarub. I was passing by and I heard you crying, so I came to see what happend.” Jaka Tarub lied. Nawang Wulan told him about her problem, “I can’t fly without my scarf.” she said. Then, Jaka Tarub asked her to come home with him. At first, Nawang Wulan refused the offer. But since she didn’t have anywhere else to go, she decided to follow Jaka Tarub.

Nawang Wulan stayed with Jaka Tarub in the village. A month passed, they decided to get married. Nawang Wulan was willing to marry a human because she fell in love with Jaka Tarub. After a year, they had a beautiful daughter. The name was Kumalasari. They lived happily.

Jaka Tarub was also happy to live with Nawang Wulan and Kumalasari. Especially, because he always got a lot of harvest since he married Nawang Wulan. He couldn’t even keep all of his harvest in the barn because it always full. He was curious. One day, Jaka tarub stayed at home. “I want to stay home today. I’d like to play with Kumalasari.” he said to his wife. “Well, I’ll go to the river to wash the clothes. Please keep an eye on Kumalasari.” she asked. “I’m cooking rice now. Please don’t open the pan cover before it’s done.” she said just before she left. After Nawang Wulan left home, Jaka Tarub opened the pan cover. He found only one single paddy. He was shock.

Before lunch, Nawang Wulan came home. She headed to the kitchen to see the rice she had cooked. But she found that, the rice turned into only a few grains.

Ever since, she lost her power. She couldn’t cook rice with only a single paddy. Their paddy supply was slowly lessend and their barn was almost emptied. One day, Nawang Wulan went to the barn to get some paddy. When she took one of them, she found a scarf. “What is this? This is my scarf.” said Nawang Wulan startled.

That night, Nawang Wulan asked her husband about the scarf. Jaka Tarub’s eyes widened, “You found it?” he asked. Jaka Tarub looked down and asked for her forgiveness. “Because I’ve found my scarf, it’s time for me to go back to where I belong.” Nawang Wulan said. Jaka Tarub tried to stop her, but Nawang Wulan had made up her mind. “Please take good care of Kumalasari.” she said. “If she wanted to see me, take seven grains of candlenut and put it into a basket. Shake it as you play the bamboo flute. Then I’ll come to see her.” she explained.

Jaka Tarub promised to take good care of their daugther. He once again asked for forgiveness for all of his mistakes. “Don’t worry. I ‘ve forgiven you, so you don’t have to feel guilty. I must go now. Please take care.” said Nawang Wulan asked she flew to the bright full moon.


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