Sangkuriang (English Version)

18 Jan


This is an example of how nature was converted into a legend, such as Bandung lake and Mt Tangkuban Perahu with the story of Queen Dayang Sumbi and her son Sangkuriang cited from Neuman va Padang (1971). Once Sangkuriang, whilst growing up, he was so naughty and got hurt and the wound formed an ugly scar.

The King, who loved his son above everything was so furious that his son had hurt himself that he rejected his wife. Fifteen years later, being of age, Sangkuriang asked his father permission to take a trip to West Java. After arriving in the plain of Bandung, he met a beautiful lady, fell in love and ask her to marry him and she accepted. But one day when she caressed her lover’s head she saw the wound. The loving woman, turned out to be the disowned queen, discovered that she was in love with her son and marriage was impossible.


The marriage had to be prevented. Not willing to admit that she was his mother she thought of a way out. The day before the wedding was due to take place, she said to her husband to be, tomorrow is our wedding day, and if you are true to your love to me and love me as much you say do then I want to celebrate the wedding on board a ship, a proa. Tomorrow morning at day break, I want to sail with you on a great lake in a nice boat and there must be a banquet feast. Sangkuriang was embarrassed but he was not willing to refuse. He begged the help of the lake’s helpful spirits. By causing a landslide, the lake spirit dammed the river Citarum that flowed through the plain of Bandung. The force of the water felled big tree and a boat was constructed while other lake spirits prepared the wedding banquet.

Early in the morning the Queen saw that the impossible had been realised so she prayed to Brama, the mighty God, to help her to prevent the disgrace of a marriage between a mother and her son. Brama destroyed the dam in turbulence and Sangkuriang was drowned. The queen in her agony threw herself on the capsized boat, breaking through the hull of the ship and was also drowned.

Now, the vast plain of Bandung is flanked on its north side by the volcano Tangkuban Perahu, the capsized boat. The Queen’s jump on the hull of the ship is the Kawah Ratu, the crater of the Queen. The hot fumaroles and tremors in the crater represent the tears of the sad mother still sobbing. East of Mt Tangkuban Perahu rises the Bukit Tunggul, trunk mountain, the trunk of the tree from which the boat was made and to the west we find Mt Burangrang, the “crown of leaves”. At many places along the shore of the lake Neolithic obsidian tools of primitive inhabitants are found and described by von Koeningswald (1935). These Neolithic people noticed that the hold was cut deeper and deeper by erosion caused by the lowering water. Finally only a marshy plain remained.

Centuries later the inhabitants of Bandung plain still know about the legend of the existence of a former lake. Not knowing anything about geology, but living in the taboos of spirit ghosts and Gods, geological facts were put together in a tale that was understandable.


Posted by on 18/01/2010 in Cerita


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30 responses to “Sangkuriang (English Version)

  1. nurrahman18

    20/01/2010 at 5:51 AM

    asyik dapat pertamax….
    btw, nice english story :D

  2. mediasoft44

    26/01/2010 at 3:24 PM

    fantastic story bro… still creative!!

  3. andry sianipar

    27/01/2010 at 9:42 AM

    Salam super –
    Salam hangat dari pulau Bali –
    really nice story…

  4. ngabar42

    01/02/2010 at 9:12 PM


  5. bundadontworry

    08/02/2010 at 6:02 PM

    semoga saja cerita legenda seperti bisa beredar lebih luas lagi di dunia internasional, agar kebudayaan kita jadi bisa lebih di kenal.

    Iyah,, saya harap begitu ,,
    makasih bunda,, :)

    salam balik..

  6. hasna

    27/02/2010 at 8:53 PM

    wah, makasih ya. ini bener-bener bermanfaat banget buat aku (terutama sepupuku). kalo bisa bikin yang lain juga.
    keep writing

  7. vivi cs

    19/03/2010 at 10:47 AM

    critany bgus………..bsa mnambah ilmu………trus jaya SMA 1 Cepiring………..

    yupz,, makasih ya,,,, :)

  8. Priyo

    13/04/2010 at 6:35 PM

    gk ada yg lbh pnjang om..?

  9. joe

    21/04/2010 at 9:24 AM

    we englisnya kurang gramernya tuh, tapi ok banget lah sippp lanjut gan, kunjungan balik ya.

  10. sai

    10/10/2010 at 3:34 PM

    aing butuh dialog

  11. indah

    30/10/2010 at 7:58 PM

    akhirnya aku dpet cerita ini dlam versi english :)

  12. ahmad ali

    09/11/2010 at 8:23 AM

    thanks artikel english nya

  13. ghiena bieber

    09/11/2010 at 1:28 PM

    mengandung benyak pengetahuan tentang legenda – legenda di jawabarat i like it

  14. HG

    19/11/2010 at 3:11 PM


  15. icha caemt

    16/01/2011 at 4:53 PM


  16. ferayla

    25/01/2011 at 10:20 AM

    bagus sekali ceritanya

  17. meee@

    31/01/2011 at 9:17 PM

    i like it

  18. hendraparlindungan

    28/02/2011 at 2:02 PM


  19. Jason Miharja

    09/09/2011 at 4:56 AM

    GODD Boy

  20. pengamat

    16/09/2011 at 12:28 PM

    she fuckin’ dog?

  21. oyin

    05/10/2011 at 2:14 PM

    izin copy yach buat tugas saya…

  22. patrick thelysander

    31/10/2011 at 5:08 PM


  23. Resa_Terminator Salvation

    12/01/2012 at 3:20 PM

    ceritanya bagis sekali,,, I Like!

  24. The King Of_Rock!!!

    27/01/2012 at 1:45 PM

    Very GOOD!!!!!!!!!!

  25. The King Of_Rock 1540 BOGOR!!

    27/01/2012 at 1:49 PM


  26. ^o^

    02/04/2012 at 3:51 PM

    aku copy buat tgs yaa..

  27. jodi

    07/05/2012 at 2:02 PM


  28. Ardian Cahya Pratama

    07/05/2012 at 2:14 PM



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