jurnalartefak.com, 11 Short Stories about Indonesian Folk Tales – Short Stories are a medium that is widely used to unwind or for entertainment. Stories can also be a fun medium to convey an idea. Lovers of stories generally come from various circles, especially children. Children often listen to various types of stories, one of which is English Stories.

The Story of Malin Kundang

Once upon a time, far away in a small village in West Sumatra, there lived a woman. She has a son named Malin Kundang. Malin Kundang and his mother always lived in a hard situation. It is because his father had passed away when Malin was a baby. Malin Kundang become a healthy, dilligent, and strong boy. He usually catch fish to the sea. After catching some fish, he would bring it to his mother. Sometimes, he also sells the caught fish in the town.

One day, when Malin Kundang was sailing, he saw a merchant’s ship at the sea. The merchant being raided by pirates. With his bravery, Malin Kundang helped the merchant to defeat the pirates. As a thanks to him, the merchant allowed Malin to sail with him and Malin Kundang agreed. With the new spirit, he hopes to get a better life, but he had to leave his mother alone. Many years after, Malin Kundang became wealthy.

He had a huge ship and a lot of crews who worked loading trading goods. He was also married to a beautiful woman. He is trading goods all around the world but when he was sailing on his trading journey, he landed on a beach near a small village. The, the local people recognized that it was Malin Kundang.

The news ran fast in the town; “Malin Kundang has become rich and now he is here”. An old woman, who was Malin Kundang’s mother, ran so fast to the beach in hope to meet her son. She wanted to hug him to release her loneliness after a long time.

When his mother came near him, Malin Kundang who was with his beautiful wife and his ship crews denied that she was his mother. She had pleaded Malin Kundang to look at her. She begs Malin to admit that she was her mother.

Instead of admitting her, Malin yelling at her and at last he said to her “Enough, old woman! I have never had a mother like you, a dirty and ugly woman!” After that he ordered his crews to leave the old woman. Then the old woman lefted with full of sadness and anger.

Finally, feeling enraged, she cursed Malin Kundang that he would turn into a stone if he didn’t apologize to her. Malin Kundang just laughed and set sail. Suddenly a thunderstorm came in the quiet sea, wrecking his huge ship. He was thrown out to a small island. It was really too late for him to avoid his curse, he had turned into a stone.

The Story of Keong Mas

Oce upon a time there lived a king named Kertamarta in Daha Kingdom. The king had two daughters named Dewi Galuh and Candra Kirana. Candra Kirana was a very beautiful and kind but his sister was an evil girl. One day, Candra Kirana was engaged to Raden Inu Kertapati, a prince of Kahuripan Kingdom. The prince is handsome and wise.

This engagement made Dewi Galuh envied to his sister. Then she went to a witch and planned to harm Candra Kirana. The witch agreed to do what Dewi Galuh asked. When Candra Kirana was walking around the palace, the witch came and cursed her. She transformed her into a golden snail and Dewi Galuh threw her in the river.

One day, an old woman was looking for fish in the river using nets. When she was about to lift the net, she saw a golden snail transported. Then she brought the golden snail home and put it in a jar. The next day, she returned to the river to get some fish but unfortunately, she did not get any fish. She was disappointed and went home. However, when she arrived, she was very surprised to see a lot of delicious dishes at the top of the table.

This incident occurred in the next days. The old woman was curious and decided to find out who did it to her by pretending to go to the river. She hid behind her house and peeked at what’s going on inside. Then she saw the snails turned into a beautiful woman. Then, the beautiful woman cooked meals for her. Soon the old woman came into her house, “Who are you?” Asked the old woman “I was a princess of Daha were cursed by a witch into a golden snail” said her. After tahta, Candra Kirana telling her what had happened and. The old lady invited Chandra Kirana to stay with her.

The news of Candra Kirana’s loss made prince Inu Kertapati confused. He is al so very sad, so he searched for her all over the kingdom by disguising as a villager. The evil witch knew what was done by him. She was disguised as a raven to disrupt the prince’s effort to meet the princess. On his own way Prince Inu Kertapati was helped by an old man who was great. He hit the bird with his stick until it died. Prince Inu thanked to him. He also told the purpose of his journey. After knowing what had happened, the old man told Prince Inu to search her in Dadapan village. After that, the prince traveled right away to the Dadapan Village.

After walking for several days, the prince arrived in the Dadapan Village. He was very thirsty and then he saw a small hut and approached it. Suddenly he was so shocked because he saw his fiancée was cooking through the window. Sunddenly, he immediately entered the hut to see her. Finally, they were both very happy because they met, and the magic was lost. Then the princess told what had happened to her. The princess also introduced the old woman who had helped her to the prince. The prince was very grateful to the old woman. Then he brought Candra Kirana and the old woman to the palace. After arriving at the palace, the king was happy because her daughter had returned. The king also knew what had happened. Knowing his sister had been found, Dewi Galuh run away because she was afraid of being punished by the king. Finally, Candra Kirana and Raden Inu Kertapati were married and they lived happily ever after.

The Story of Fox and Crow

One day, A crow had just found a delicious piece of cheese on a picnic table. She landed in a tree and prepared to eat this tasty morsel.

Just then a sly fox happened to be passing by. The fox spotted the crow and thought about how much he would like to eat that cheese.

“Madame Crow,” called the fox. “You are a sight for sore eyes. My, but you are looking beautiful today.”

The fox had the crow’s attention now, most certainly. The crow looked down from the tree and the fox continued.

“You must be the most beautiful animal in all the forest. Now rabbits, I grant you, they’re pretty. And frogs may be fetching too. But you, Madame Crow, you are, without a doubt, the loveliest of creatures, with you slick black feathers, your shiny eyes. I wonder if your song is as glorious as you are. I would just give anything to hear you sing, Madame Crow.”

At this, the crow puffed up her chest, threw back her head, fluttered her wings, and began to sing: “Caw, caw, caw, caw!”

Of course, the cheese fell out of the crow’s beak. The fox caught it before it even hit the ground. Then he turned and trotted away in search of a pleasant place to eat a big tasty chunk of cheese.

The Story of Grasshoppers and Ants

On a warm summer day, a grasshopper leaped about a field and merrily singing. Nearby, there is an ant toiled hard under the sun. One by one, he hoisted a heavy corn onto his shoulders and carried them back to his nest.

“Come on, join me,” said the grasshopper. “We’ll sing and dance and make beautiful music!”

“I don’t have time to make beautiful music,” said the ant. “I’m gathering food for the long winter ahead. I suggest you do the same”

But the grasshopper laughed. “I have plenty to eat today. Winter is a long time off. Why worry on such a lovely day?”

Summer turned to autumn, autumn to winter. Now the field was covered in snow. The ant was burrowed deep in his nest, warm and content. He had enough food to last the whole winter. But the grasshopper was starving and freezing. He was no longer singing a happy song. “It’s freezing,” he shivered. “I’m starving. If only I had listened to the ant’s advice!”

The Story of Golden Cucumber

Long time ago in the island of Java, Indonesia, lived a couple of farmers.  They had married for some years, but they had no children.  So they prayed to a monster called Buto Ijo to give them children.  Buto Ijo was a ferocious and powerful monster.  He granted their wish on one condition.  When their children had grown up, they had to sacrifice them to Buto Ijo.  He liked eating fresh meat of human being.  The farmers agreed to his condition.  Several months later the wife was pregnant.

She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.  They named her Timun Emas.  The farmers were happy.  Timun Emas was very healthy and a very smart girl.  She was also very diligent. When she was a teenager Buto Ijo came to their house.  Timun Emas was frightened so she ran away to hide.  The farmers then told Buto Ijo that Timun Emas was still a child.  They asked him to postpone.  Buto Ijo agreed.  He promised to come again.  The following year Buto Ijo came again.  But again and again their parents said that Timun Emas was still a child.

When the third time Buto Ijo came their parents had prepared something for him.  They gave Timun Emas several bamboo needles, seeds of cucumber, dressing and salt.

‘Timun, take these things’

‘What are these things?’

‘These are your weapons.  Buto Ijo will chase you.  He will eat you alive.  So run as fast as you can.  And if he will catch you spread this to the ground.  Now go!’

Timun Emas was scared so she ran as quickly as she could.  When Buto Ijo arrived, she was far from home.  He was very angry when he realized that his prey had left.  So he ran to chase her.  He had a sharp nose, so he knew what direction his prey ran.

Timun Emas was just a girl while Buto Ijo was a monster so he could easily catch her up.  When he was just several steps behind Timun Emas quickly spread the seeds of cucumber.  In seconds they turned into many vines of cucumber.  The exhausted Buto Ijo was very thirsty so he grabbed and ate them.  When Buto Ijo was busy eating cucumber Timun Emas could run away.

But soon Buto Ijo realized and started running again.  When he was just several steps behind Timun Emas threw her bamboo needles.   Soon they turned into dense bamboo trees. Buto Ijo found it hard to pass.  It took him some time to break the dense bamboo forest.  Meanwhile Timun Emas could run farther.

Buto Ijo chased her again.  When he almost catches her again and again Timun Emas threw her dressing.  This time it turned into a lake.  Buto Ijo was busy to save himself so Timun Emas ran way.  But Buto Ijo could overcome it and continued chasing her.

Finally, when Timun Emas was almost caught she threw her salt.  Soon the land where Buto Ijo stood turned into ocean.  Buto Ijo was drowned and died instantly.

The Story of Lion and Bear

One upon a time a lion and a bear. They caught and killed a goat, but they had a quarrel over it.

“It is mine,” said the bear. “I caught it with my strong paws.”

“It is not yours. It is mine,” said the lion. “I killed it with my strong jaws.”

Then they began to fight. They ran up and down the hill, in and out of the forest. They bit and scratched with their strength, but no one could overcome each other. At last they both were tired out and couldn’t fight anymore.

They lay upon the ground, panting and looking at each other. A fox who was passing by at the time saw them with a dead goat near by. She ran up to them, took the goat home and ate it up.

The Story of Rabbit and Crocodile

Once upon a time, a Rabbit wanted to cross a river, but he could not swim. He had an idea, he saw a boss of Crocodiles swimming in the river. The Rabbit asked he cross of crocodile.

“how many crocodiles are there in the river?” asked the rabbit

The boss of crocodile answered, “we are twenty here”.

“where are they?” the Rabbit asked for the second time. “what is it for?” the boss crocodile asked.

“all of you are good, gentle and kind, so I want to make a line in order. Later, I will know how kind you are,” said the Rabbit.

Then the boss of the Crocodiles called all his friend an asked then to make a line in order from one side to the order side of the river. Fust then, the Rabbit started to count while jumping from one crocodile to another: one…two… three… four…until twenty.

And finally, he thanked all Crocodiles because he had crossed the river. In the fable we can find massage is, before act, we think to do first, so that we can finish the difficult problem.

The Story of an Eagle like a Chicken

Once upon a time, in a forest an eagle lived on a tree. The eagle built a nest to lay its eggs. There the eagle would hatch her eggs all through the day.

Under the same tree there lived a hen. The hen had also laid eggs during the same period with the eagle.

One day, while the eagle had gone for hunting, a bear climbed up the tree to eat the eagle’s eggs. The bear had finished three of the eggs. But when he wants to finish the fourth, it slipped off its hands and fell into the hen’s nest. On returning, the eagle could not find her eggs. Feeling terribly upset, she decided to leave the place.

The hen which lived under the tree saw the eagle’s egg by the side of her eggs. She felt eggs pity on the eagle’s egg, and decided to hatch it too. After a few days, the hen’s chicks hatched. The eagle’s chick hatched, too.

The hen would feed all the chicks, including the eagle’s chick, as if it were her own. Soon the chicks began to grow.

The young chicks would listen to their mother’s sounds and try to imitate her. The eagle’s chick also picked up the hen’s sounds. The chicks would all play together and make lots of noise.

Within no time the hen’s chicks as well as the eagle’s chick grew up to their full size. The eagle’s chick never realized that it was an eagle and not a hen. Considering itself a hen, the eagle would. eat hen’s food, would walk and run like other hens and would make sounds like hens. The eagle never learnt to fly like other eagles and lived its whole life like a hen only.

The Story of the Legend of the Ruai Bird

Once upon a time, there was a kingdom in West Kalimantan. The King had seven daughters. The queen had passed away. The king did not want to remarry.

The seven daughters were beautiful. However, the youngest daughter was the most beautiful. She was also the kindest. She often helped other people. Her sisters were very much different. They were lazy. They also had bad attitude. They were cruel to people.

The king knew about his daughter’s behaviors. He often advises his older daughter to behaviors. He often advises his older daughters to behave like the youngest daughter. Sadly, they never listened to the king’s advice. They hated their youngest sister because the king often praised her good behavior.

The older daughters often did terrible things to the youngest daughter. They often hit her. She was very sad. She often cried. She could not tell it to her father because her older sisters always intimidated her. They would hit her even harder if she told their father.

One day, the king asked all her daughters to meet him.

“I’m going to the neighboring kingdom. I’ll go for several months. While I’m gone, my youngest daughter will rule the kingdom. Do you understand?” asked the king.

“Yes, we do, Father, “said all the daughters.

The older daughters were angry. They very upset about their youngest sister was asked to rule the kingdom.

After the king left, they planned something bad. They wanted to get rid of their youngest sister. They pretended to be nice to her. The youngest daughter was happy. Finally, her older sisters were nice to her.

The older sisters asked her to go fishing. They asked to go to Gua Batu or a stone cave. There was a river flowing inside the cave. And there were a lot of fish in that river.

The youngest daughter was so happy when they finally arrived at the cave. She did not know that her sisters were going to do something bad to her.

“Hurry up, let’s go inside the cave. You can find a lot of fish inside the cave,” said the oldest daughter.

The youngest was so eager. As she went inside the cave, she did not know that her sisters stayed outside the cave. They kept on asking her to go inside the cave.

She kept on walking until she was lost! She was calling out all her sisters, but they did not respond. She then understood that her sisters did not want her to rule the kingdom anymore.
She was very sad. She cried. Suddenly an old man came. He was a holy man. He was meditating in the cave. She changed her tears into eggs.

“Don’t worry, I can help you. You can go back to the kingdom, but you have to change into a bird. I name you Ruai Bird. After that, Brood these eggs. After they hatch, the birds will accompany you,” said the old man.

She agreed. Slowly she changed into a beautiful bird. And after all the eggs were hatched, they went back to the kingdom. They all stayed at the tree near the kingdom. They all saw how the king punished the older sisters.

The Story of Eagle and Crow

An eagle, with its wings force grabbing a lamb with his nails and took it away into space, a crow saw the incident, and imagined in his mind an idea that he had the power to do the same thing as the eagle.

And with its wings opened wide and then flew through the air with fierce, he rocketed down and quickly hit the back of a sheep, but when he tried to fly again he realized that he could not raise sheep and he could not fly anymore because his nails had been entangled in the sheep’s wool. Though he tried to release herself, the bondage was too difficult to be released so that he felt broken there and stayed on the back of the sheep.

A herdsman who saw the crow flapping its wings trying to escape, herdsman saw what had happened, herdsman ran and then soon caught the bird and tied and confine the crow, after the afternoon he gave it to his children at home to play.

“What a funny bird!” they laughed, “What bird is that, father?”

“It’s crow, my son. But if you ask him, he would answer he is an eagle.”

The Story of Stupid Donkey

Once, a farmer owned a donkey and a lapdog. The donkey worked hard all day, hauling heavy loads. The lapdog stayed with its master all day and lived in the house with him. It did not work, but was allowed to sit on its master’s lap. The donkey grew jealous of the lapdog.

“Perhaps if I behave like the dog, like wag my tail and jump on the master, the master will start loving me as much as he does the dog.” So the donkey waited for its chance.

One day, when it was left unattended, the donkey broke its halter and ran into the farmhouse kitchen, where the farmer sat at the table. The donkey rushed up to him and began wagging its tail vigorously and knocked off all the things on the table. It then started jumping around and frolicking like a little dog and finally, plunked itself down on the farmer’s lap.

The shocked farmer yelled for help. The farmhands came running in and dragged the donkey off to its stable and gave it a beating it would never forget for the rest of its life.

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