Bujang Katak (The Frog Man)

There was an old woman. She lived alone in her hut. She was a poor farmer. She was getting older and getting weaker. She did not have husband but she prayed to god to give her a son. She hoped her son could help her work in the rice field.

“God, please give me a son. I really want to have a son although he looks like a frog”, prayed the old woman.

God answered her pray. She was pregnant. Later the baby was born. Surprisingly the baby looked like a frog. His head and his skin were like frog’s head and skin. At first, the old woman was sad. However, later on she was grateful to god. She raised her son with great love. The baby grew as a kind man. He was very strong and obedient to his mother. People called him Bujang Katak. Bujang means a young man and Katak means a frog.

Later Bujang Katak was adult. He wanted to get married. However he did not want to marry the girl in his village. He wanted to marry one of the king’s seven daughters’!

He told his plan to his mother. She was sad. She knew that the king would reject his married proposal. But she did not want to see her son sad. And later they arrived at the palace. Bujang Katak told the king about the married proposal.

“I really appreciate your courage young man. But I can not make any decision. I will ask my seven daughters to give their opinions and decisions”, said the king.

One by one all the seven daughters talked. The first daughter didn’t say good things about Bujang Katak. She insulted him.

“You are so ugly. No wonder people call you Bujang Katak. You really look like a frog. I don’t want to have a husband who looks like a frog”, said the first daughter.

The second daughter also said bad things to him.

“You are very poor. I don’t want to have a poor husband”. So the other daughters talked bad things about him.

Finally the youngest daughter had her turn to talk. She was the most beautiful and kindest daughter. She didn’t say bad things about him. She accepted Bujang Katak’s married proposal!

“I will marry him, Father” said the youngest daughter to the king.

Everybody was surprised. All the elders’ sisters were laughing at her. The king was shocked! He never thought that one of his daughters would marry Bujang Katak. He wanted to cancel the married. So he asked Bujang Katak to do something very difficult.

“I will let you marry my daughter but you have to build a golden bridge from your house to this palace”, said the king.

Bujang Katak and his mother went home. His mother was very sad and confused.

“How can you build a golden bridge, Son?” she asked Bujang Katak.

“Don’t worry, Mother. I will pray to God to help me”, said Bujang Katak.

Then Bujang Katak prayed days and nights. One night, amazing things happened. His frog’s skin removed from his body. His head also changed. He became a very handsome man. His mother burned the removed skin. Amazingly the skin changed into gold. They had a lot of gold. Slowly they built a bridge using the gold.

Finally the bridge was built from they house to the king’s palace. The youngest daughter was very happy. Her husband was very handsome and also very rich. He had a lot of gold. All her sisters were jealous. They were even more jealous when the king asked Bujang Katak to be the new king.***


The Fight for an Elephant

Pertarungan demi Seekor Gajah | Edisi Indonesia

Indonesian Folklore Webpage

Folklore From Central Java

The origin of the big stones from Kedungsari Village, Menawan Village, and Watu Gede Village

THERE was a very beautiful girl in Jepara Central Java. She was very famous for her beauty. People loved her very much. She was kind and polite. Many young men fell in love with her. They had met and proposed her.

However, the proposal was always rejected. It was because they could not fulfill her request. She would marry any man who could give her an elephant.

Elephants were wild animals. No one kept elephants as their pets. However, the girl loved elephants very mu     ch. She had been dreaming to have an elephant.

There was a great man lived in Kudus. His name was Ki Ageng Kedungsari. He had heard about the beautiful girl. He also knew that the girl asked an elephant from a man who wanted to marry her. Ki Ageng Kedungsari had great supernatural power. He used his power to catch and tame an elephant.

After the elephant was tamed, he wanted to bring it to Jepara. He would propose her. In the meantime, people were talking about Ki Ageng Kedungsari. They were amazed with his power to tame an elephant. They all thought that elephants were too difficult to handle. One of the people who heard about Ki Ageng Kedungsari's elephant was Ki Ageng Menawan. He had been in love with her for a long time.

Unfortunately he did not have the power to catch an elephant. So, when he heard that Ki Ageng Kedungsari was able to catch an elephant, he was very jealous!

Ki Ageng Menawan planned to steal the elephant. However, he knew he could not beat Ki Ageng Kedungsari alone. He had to ask someone to help him fight Ki Ageng Kedungsari. He had someone in his mind to help him. It was Ki Watu Gede.

Ki Ageng Menawan and Ki Watu Gede were hiding behind a big tree. They were waiting for Ki Ageng Kedungsari. After a while, finally they saw him walking toward them.

Ki Ageng Kedungsari was walking gently. Next to him was his elephant. The elephant was big. It had big ivories. It looked so wild. However, the elephant was very tamed under Ki Ageng Kedungsari's control.

While he was walking suddenly two men were standing in front of him. They were Ki Ageng Menawan and Ki Watu Gede.

"Stop! Give us your elephant!" said King Menawan.

"Ha ha ha. I don't know who you are and I don't see any reason why I should give you my elephant" said Ki Ageng Kedungsari.

"Well.... The reason is because I will give the elephant as my wedding proposal. Now! Give me your elephant!" ordered Ki Ageng Menawan.

"No way!" said Ki Ageng Kedungsari.

The fight could not be avoided any more. Ki Ageng Menawan and Ki Watu Gede helped each other. They were fighting side by side to beat Ki Ageng Kedungsari.

Although it was one against two, Ki Ageng Kedungsari was able to balance the fight. The three of them were very powerful. They were fighting for days and there was no any sign that someone would give up.

Finally, the three of them were trying to grab the elephant. Ki Ageng Menawan was holding the head and the front part. Ki Ageng Kedungsari was holding the body and Ki Watu Gede was holding the back part of the elephant. They were holding so tightly that the elephant was broken into three big pieces: the front part, the body, and the back part. They all brought their parts to their hometown.

The three parts later changed into big stones. Until now people can see the stones. The stones are in Kedungsari Village, Menawan Village, and Watu Gede Village. The names of the villages are after the names of the people who were fighting to win the elephant.***

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