ARYO MENAK

ARYO MENAK

It was told at the time of Aryo Menak life, the island of Madura is still very fertile. Forest is very dense. Yellowing rice fields.

Aryo Menak is very fond of a young man who wanders into the woods. On a full moon, when he rested under a tree near a lake, he saw a very bright fluorescent light at the edge of the lake. Slowly he approached the light source earlier. What a surprise, when he saw the seven angels in the shower and frolic there.

He was awed by their beauty. Arises a desire to have a between them. He also crept, then immediately taken with a shawl from the maidens.

Shortly thereafter, the angel of the shower and rushed to take his clothes each. And they fly to his palace in heaven, except the youngest. Angel was unable to fly without a shawl. He also sad and cry.

Aryo Menak then approached him. He pretended not to know what happened. Ask what happened to the angel. Then he said: "It may have been the will of the gods to dwell on the earth angel for a while. Do not be sad. I will promise to accompany and entertain you. "

Angel was apparently believed by Arya Menak talk. He also did not resist when Arya Menak offered him to stay at home Arya Menak. Next Arya Menak proposed. Angel rose to receive it.

It is said, that the angel that still has magic powers. He can cook a pot of rice only from a grain of rice. Condition is Arya Menak should not be watching.

On one day, Arya Menak became curious. Rice in the barn was never diminished even though an angel to cook every day. When his wife was not there at home, he settles into the kitchen where his wife and opened the pot to cook rice. This action makes supernatural forces his wife vanished.

Angel was very surprised to know what happened. From then on, he had to cook rice from the barn Arya Menak. Over time and even then the less rice. One day, the basic barn in sight. Angel surprise when he saw protruding shawl is missing. One look at these scarves, arises a desire to return to heaven. One night, she wore all the clothes back sorganya. Her body became light, he also can fly to his palace.

Arya Menak became very sad. Because of his curiosity, angel left her. Since then he and his descendants to eat rice abstinence

(Adapted from Mrs. SDB Safe, "Aryo Menak and His Wife," Folk Tales From Indonesia, Jakarta: Djambatan, 1976)

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