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Story Telling : Ciung Wanara

Ciung Wanara

Long time ago in west Java there was a kingdom called Galuh Kingdom, ruled by King Barma Wijaya Kusuma.  He had two wives, Pohaci Naganingrum and Dewi Pangreyep.  At that time both of them were pregnant.  The king was very happy when Dewi Pangreyep gave birth to a baby boy.  The king named him Hariang Banga. Several months later Pohaci Naganingrum also gave birth.  But, Dewi Pangreyep had an evil plan.  She had prepared a baby dog and gave it to Pohaci.  Then she put the baby in a box and had it thrown to a river.  Lengser, the man who received the order to throw the baby in a river, put him in a safe box and gave an egg.

 “Oh, Your Majesty,  Pohaci is an evil woman.  Last night he gave birth but her baby is a dog!  They are sinners.  God had punished them.  This a shame for Your majesty the King and the whole kingdom” said Dewi Pangreyep.

 “There is no place here for sinners.  They must go to hell” shouted the king. He ordered his soldier to kill Pohaci and the baby. “Lengser ! Bring them to the wood and kill them!”
 “Yes, Your Majesty” replied Lengser.
Lengser, who had to carry out the order, did not dare to do it.  He saved Pohaci instead.  Then  Pohaci lived in a remote village.
Meanwhile in a village next by the river, lived a couple of husband and wife.  Aki Balangantran and his wife Nini Balangantran.  They didn’t have any children.  Day and night they prayed to god to ask for children.  One night Nini was dreaming that she saw a full moon.

 “My lovely wife, I think we will receive provision from God.” Said Aki.
The next morning Aki went to a river with his net to fish.  Suddenly something caught his attention.  In the middle of the river there was a wooden box floating on the water.  Then he grabbed it.
 “What! A baby? Nini, God answer our pray! Look, it’s a cute baby.” Shouted Aki.
 “Oh My God. Thank you veru much. We must give him a name. Oh! Ciung Wanara. Yeah, it’s a good name.” Said Nini happily.

Several years later Ciung Wanara grew up to be a handsome and smart boy.  The egg had become a cock.  Ciung loved cock fighting.  He went everywhere to play cock fighting game.  His cock was so quick and strong that it won all of its fights.  Soon he and his cock became famous in Galuh Kingdom.

Then the king of Galuh who had many cocks and also loved cock fighting heard the news.  So he ordered Lengser to find the boy.  As Lengser got to Ciung’s house he was surprised to see the box.  He realized that it was the box he threw into the river some years earlier.  When he asked Ciung’s father he was sure that Ciung was the king’s son from Pohaci Naganingrum.   That time he wanted to do a good deed for Ciung.

“Ciung, The King invite you to his palace for a cook fight. If you win the competiton, you can ask everything to The King.” Told Lengser.
 “Okay, I agree for that. So, let’s go to the palace.” Said Ciung Wanara.
Later in the palace of Galuh Kingdom,  Ciung told the king that he had a condition for the cock fight.
 “My Honor, if my cock wins, I want you to give me your kingdom.  If my cock loose,  then I will give my head. Do you agree, my honor?

The king agreed because he was sure that his cock would win.  Then in a fierce fight Ciung’s cock won the fight.  Everybody was surprised.  The king had no choice.  He had to keep his words and give his kingdom to ciung Wanara.  Then Lengser told the king that ciung was actually his own son from Pohaci naganingrum.  He revealed Dewi Pangreyep’s evil action.

The king was shocked and very angry.  He ordered his soldiers to arrest and punish Dewi Pangreyep.  This event made Prince Hariang Banga got very angry.  He quickly attacked Ciung Wanara.
 “Stop it! For peace, I will divide my kingdom into two parts. The west of the Cipamali river for Hariang Banga while the eastern part for Ciung Wanara.” Said the King.
Finally, Ciung Wanara met his mother, Pohaci Naganingrum and lived happily in his kingdom.