Famous Folklore From Indonesia: The Legend of Nyi Roro Kidul

Padjajaran Kingdom lies in the West Java from 1333 AD to 1630 AD and it was conquered by the Islamic Kingdom of Mataram from Central Java. This great kingdom was ruled by Prabu (King) Siliwangi. He had a queen, a very beautiful daughter named Dewi Kadita and also harems.

The beauty of Dewi Kadita and her mother made other harems jealous. All the harems gathered one night to built conspiracy against Dewi Kadita and her mother. The harems decided to use black magic to make their body filthy and also curse them to be so ugly and disgusting.
Description of Nyi Roro Kidul Image:kitook.co.id
Prabu Siliwangi turns out very angry and disappointed when he found that his queen and daughter turned out so ugly and disgusting. He was convinced by his harems that his queen and daughter were having the uncured disease and they will bring bad luck for the palace. Prabu Siliwangi was influenced by what the harems said and then he told them to seep out from the palace.

Dewi Kadita, and her mother wandered around in sorrows. Dewi Kadita cannot believe that her father listened to what the harems said. She was very upset with her father. She got more upset when her mother and she came by to every place; the people weren't friendly and welcomed them. This circumstance made Dewi Kadita's mother depressed. One day, the mother passed away and left Dewi Kadita in deep sorrows.

Dewi Kadita walked in her deep sorrows until she reach the southern shore (the shore of Indian Ocean). She sat above a rock in a stove shape and fell asleep. When she was sleeping, she had a vision that she must jump to the ocean to help herself out of the curse. Once she woke up, without second thought, Dewi Kadita jumped into the ocean. Immediately, she returned into a beautiful lady as she was. But then she realized that she was not human anymore, yet she turned -into a supernatural form of life. Since then, she ruled all the creatures in the southern coasts of Java Island and she was known as Nyi Roro Kidul.
Room 308 of Nyi Roro Kidul Image:indonewyork.com

The river Bengawan Solo which started from mystical mountain of Merapi in Central Java and leads to Indian Ocean was said as the tunnel used by Nyi Roro Kidul to access Java.
The legend of Nyi Roro Kidul is a well-known folklore throughout Indonesia. It is believed until now and often proved many men were missing in the southern shore, a place where 'mighty' Nyi Roro Kidul lived. Many people said that Nyi Roro Kidul often trapped and swallowed men who were walking near the shore as revenge to suffering life she had through caused by her father. People believe her hatred to men will never die.
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