Cilinaya | Edisi Indonesia

Folklore from West Nusa Tenggara

ONCE upon a time, there were twin kingdoms. They were called twins because the kings of the kingdoms were brothers. They were King Daha and King Keling. Both Kings did not have any children yet. They had promised to god that they would do something if they had a child.

"I will give you betel leaves," said King Keling.

"That's it? You only give God betel leaves?" mocked King Daha.

"God, I will give you a cow with golden horns," said King Daha arrogantly.

Later, their wives were pregnant. And almost at the same time, the queen delivered their babies. King Keling had a handsome baby boy while King Daha had a beautiful baby girl.

And they did their promises to God. King Keling gave God a buffalo with golden horns. It was more than he promised to God. However, King Daha only gave a normal buffalo and it did not have golden horns. King Daha gave less than he already promised to God.

People had warned King Daha. They were afraid that God would be angry. And unfortunately, it happened! God sent heavy wind to King Daha's palace. The wind blew the baby girl away. King Daha was so sad but it was too late.

Meanwhile, the baby girl landed in a front yard of a farmer's house. He was so happy when he saw a beautiful baby girl was sleeping on the front yard. He and his wife did not have any children. Then they named the girl as Cilinaya.

Cilinaya grew as a beautiful girl. She was kind and helpful. And one day while she was sweeping
the floor, a handsome man passed by. The man's name was Prince Panji. He was the son of King Keling!

Prince Panji fell in love with Cilinaya. He proposed her to be his wife. Cilinaya also loved him and accepted his marriage proposal. Later they got married and Prince Panji wanted to introduce her to his father.

King Keling was so upset when he knew his son got married to an ordinary people. He had hoped that Prince Panji would marry a girl from noble family. King Ke1ing asked his soldiers to kill Cilinaya. Well, she was pregnant and King Keling was waiting until the baby was born.

Later the baby was born. And when Prince Panji left the palace for hunting, the soldiers killed Cilinaya.

King Keling told Prince Panji that his wife was murdered by a criminal. Prince Panji was so sad and suddenly he heard a whisper. The voice said that he should put his wife's body in a coffin and put it in the river. The voice also said that he would meet his wife again.

Later the water in the river drifted the coffin. It stopped at King Daha's kingdom. With his power, King Daha cured Cilinaya. And she was back to life! King Daha and his wife did not know that Cilinaya was their daughter. They loved her and asked her to stay in the palace.

Years later, King Daha held a party. He also challenged people for cockfight. Nobody could beat King Daha's cock. And a little boy came. His name was Prince Megatsih. He was the son of Prince Panji and Cilinaya!

Prince Megatsih's cock beat King Daha's cock. And strangely the cock sang a song.

"Prince Megatsih's father is Prinje Panji and his mother is Cilinaya," sang the cock.

People were surprised. And it was clear when Prince Panji came. He was so happy to see his wife was in a good condition. Cilinaya was also happy to meet her husband and her son again. Then she told King Daha about his father. Cilinaya said that the farmer was not her real father. She was told that wind blew her when she was a baby.

King Daha was so surprised to hear that. He was so sure that Cilinaya was his daughter. And King Keling also regretted his bad behavior. He apologized for asking the soldiers to kill Cilinaya. Cilinaya forgave them all. Since then she lived happily with her husband and her son. ***

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