Folklore Legend of Sangkuriang
In ancient times, in West Java there lived a king’s daughter named Dayang Sumbi. He has a son named Sangkuriang. That kid is very fond of hunting in the Forrest. Every hunt, he was always accompanied by a beloved dog named Tumang. Tumang is actually the incarnation of a god, and also Sangkuriang’s biological father, but Sangkuriang does not know that and his mother is deliberately keeping it a secret.
One day, as usual Sangkuriang went to the forest to hunt. After arriving in the forest, Sangkuriang began looking for game. He saw a bird perched on a branch, then without thinking Sangkuriang immediately shot him, and hit the target. Sangkuriang then ordered Tumang to chase the prey earlier, but the Tumang said nothing and did not want to follow Sangkuriang’s orders. Because he was very annoyed with Tumang, Sangkuriang then expelled Tumang and was not allowed to go home with him anymore.
Arriving at home, Sangkuriang told the incident to his mother. Upon hearing the story from his son, Dayang Sumbi was very angry. He took a spoon of rice, and hit the head Sangkuriang. Feeling disappointed with his mother’s treatment, Sangkuriang decided to go wandering, and left his house.
After that incident, Dayang Sumbi deeply regretted her actions. He prayed every day, and asked that one day he could meet his son again. Because of the sincerity of the Sumbi Dayang prayer, Dewa gave him a gift of eternal beauty and a young age forever.
After years of Sangkuriang wandering, he finally intends to return to his hometown. When he got there, he was very surprised, because his hometown had changed completely. Sangkuriang’s joy increased when he was on the way to meet a very beautiful woman, who was none other than Dayang Sumbi. Because fascinated by her beauty, Sangkuriang immediately proposed. Finally Sangkuriang’s application was received by Dayang Sumbi, and agreed to get married in the near future. One day, Sangkuriang asked permission of his future wife to hunt on hatan. Before leaving, he asked Dayang Sumbi to tighten and tidy up his boat. How surprised Dayang Sumbi was, because when she tidied up Sangkuriang’s headband, she saw a scar. That scar it seems like with his son’s scar. After asking Sangkuriang about the cause of the wound, Dayang Sumbi grew more surprised, because it was true that her future husband was her own child.
Dayang Sumbi was very confused, because she could not possibly marry her own child. After Sangkuriang returned from hunting, Dayang Sumbi tried to talk to Sangkuriang, so Sangkuriang canceled their wedding plans. Dayang Sumbi’s request was not approved by Sangkuriang, and was only considered wind.
Every day, Dayang Sumbi thinks how to make their marriage never happen. After thinking hard, Dayang Sumbi finally found the best way. He proposed two conditions to Sangkuriang. If Sangkuriang can fulfill both conditions, Dayang Sumbi wants to be his wife, but if he fails then the marriage will be canceled. The first requirement is that Dayang Sumbi wants the Citarum river to be dammed. And the second is, asking Sangkuriang to make a very large canoe to cross the river. The second condition that must diselesai before dawn.
Sangkuriang agreed to the two Dayang Sumbi’s requests, and promised to finish them before dawn. With his supernatural powers, Sangkuriang then mobilized his friends from the genie to help complete the task. Secretly, Dayang Sumbi peeked at the work of Sangkuriang. How surprised he was, because Sangkuriang had almost completed all the conditions given by Dayang Sumbi before dawn.
Dayang Sumbi then asked for help from the surrounding community to spread a red silk cloth in the east of the city. When he saw the reddish color in the east of the city, Sangkuriang thought that it was already morning. Sangkuriang immediately stopped his work and felt unable to meet the requirements proposed by Dayang Sumbi.
With annoyance and disappointment, Sangkuriang then broke down the dam he had made himself. Because of the breakdown of the dam, there was a flood and the entire city was flooded. Sangkuriang also kicked the big boat he had made. The boat flew and fell face down, then became a mountain called Tangkuban Perahu.