Timun Emas (Golden Cucumber) Folktale

ITS–This story belongs to Central Java Province. As the story goes, once upon a time, there was a widow who lived alone. Because there was no one by her side, she felt lonely and dreamed of the presence of a child. In the same village, there lived a giant. Knowing her uneasiness, the giant offered […]

Si Kancil (The Dwarft Deer)

ITS–This story is one of the most popular folktale in Indonesia. As the story begins, on one beautiful day, Si Kancil was out of his den. He was very hungry. He wanted to go straight to the place where he usually looked for food. Unfortunately, there was not much food left. The only food available […]

Keong Emas (The Golden Snail)

ITS–This folktale belongs to East Java people. As the story goes, once upon a time, King Kertamarta from Daha Kingdom had two daughters namely Dewi Galuh Ajeng and Dewi Candra Kirana. Daha is bordered by Kahuripan Kingdom. To strengthen the brotherhood ties between the two kingdoms, Dewi Candra Kirana got engaged to the Crown Prince […]

Bawang Merah Bawang Putih Folktale

ITS–This folktale is very popular in Indonesia. It belongs to Melayu tribe living in Riau Province. As the story goes, in a small village, lived a widow with her two beautiful daughters, Bawang Merah (Red Onion) and Bawang Putih (White Garlic). Bawang Putih’s real father husband died long ago. Bawang Merah and Bawang Putih had […]

Si Pitung Folktale

ITS–This story belongs to Betawi tribe, the native of Jakarta. As the story goes, in the Dutch colonial era there was a man called Si Pitung. He was the son of Bang Pian (Mr. Pian) and Pok Pinah (Mrs. Pinah). When he was 5 years old, his parents sent him to Rawa Belong where he […]

Batang Tuaka Folktale

ITS–This sroty is folktale of Melayu Tribe living at Riau Province. Tuaka was the only son of a very poor widow. They lived in the river bank of Indragiri, Riau Province.  One day while Tuaka was out in the forest searching for firewood he saw two snakes fighting each other over a batu kemala, a very […]

Ile Mauraja Folktale

ITS–This story is folktale of East Nusa Tenggara. As the story goes, a long time ago there was a man called Raja. He was a handsome, but firm man. His mother was a traditional sarong weaver. One day he asked her to make him a sarong. She agreed as she knew that she couldn’t avoid anything […]

Nusa Canal Folktale

ITS–This story is a folktale of Central Kalimantan. As the story goes, there was a man called Nusa. He and his wife lived in the bank of River Kahayan. They had no child after they had been married for 10 years. Then, the village was hit by a long dry season. People suffered from famine. […]

Tujuh Putri Kayangan Folktale

ITS–Tujuh Putri Kayangan (Seven Angels) came down to Earth to take a bath in a lake. While they were there, a passing prince saw them and their wings lying on the ground. He hid one pair of the wings. When the bathing session was over the angels dressed up to fly home, but one of […]

Batu Ballah Folktale

ITS–According to a legend, Batu Ballah or Batu Betangkup (lit. split rock) is said to have swallowed an old woman, Mak Risah.She was a poor widow who lived in misery all her life and had two children. Their names were Long Ijun and her little brother Su Pisok who was always crying of hunger. One […]