Keong Emas (The Golden Snail)

folktales2006_keongmasITS–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 of Kahuripan, Raden Inu Kertapati, a brave, handsome and wise prince.

Galuh Ajeng envied Candra Kirana because she had feelings for Raden Inu Kertapati too. To prevent Candra Kirana from marrying him, Candra Kirana was slandered so that she was from the kingdom. More than that, to harm her, Galuh Ajeng asked a favor from a witch. The witch put a curse on Candra Kirana to become a Keong Emas and then threw her away to the sea. The curse would disappear if the Keong Emas met Raden Inu Kertapati.

One day near Dadapan village, a Keong Emas was found by an old woman when she was fishing. The snail attacted her so she took it home. The next day, the old woman went fishing in the sea as usual. That day she did not catch any fish. She went home sadly. To her surprise, a variety of delicious food was always available at her home. She grew curious and tried to find out who on Earth had cooked the meal. She went out early, pretending to go fishing. But she actually hid behind her house to see what was going on. She saw a very beautiful girl cooking in her house. She asked the girl, “Beautiful girl, who are you truly?” The girl eventually told the woman that she was actually Candra Kirana, the princess of Daha Kingdom, who had a curse put on her by a witch sent by Galuh Ajeng, who greatly envied her. When the sun was getting high Candra Kirana turned into Keong Emas again.

Meanwhile, Raden Inu Kertapati kept searching for Candra Kirana been banished from the palace. In the search, he disguised himself as a commoner. On his way, he met a talking crow. He asked the crow for directions to findCandra Kirana, which he then followed. Yet, the direction was misleading because the crow was actually the witch in disguise trying to prevent him from meeting his queen to be. Later he met a starving old man who actually had supernatural powers, and in return for his kindness, he was assisted in fighting the witch and was given the correct directions to where Candra Kirana was.

Following the old man’s directions, Raden Inu Kertapati headed to Dadapan Village. She saw an old woman repairing her house. He approached her and offered her some help. After the work was done, she offered him to rest in her house. To his surprise, Candra Kirana was there. They were happy to see each other and the curse put by the witch disappeared. Candra Kirana introduced him to the old woman, and brought her back to Daha Kingdom.

In Daha Kingdom, King Kertamarta was furius after learning the evil Galuh had done to Candra Kirana. Being frightened, Galuh Ajeng ran to the woods and fell from a cliff. King Kertamarta asked Candra Kirana to forgive him. The wedding of Raden Inu Kertapati and Candra Kirana proceeded joyfully and was welcomed happily by the people of both kingdoms. The pair lived happily ever after.

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