Narrative Text Cindelaras
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a folktale from East Java
Raden Putra was the king of Jenggala kingdom. He had a beautiful queen and concubine. Unlike the queen, the concubine had bad personalities. She was envious and jealous with the queen, so she planned to make the queen leave the palace. The concubine then asked the royal healer to help her in her plan. One day, the concubine pretended to be ill. Raden Putra called the royal healer to give the concubine treatments. “What is her disease?” Raden Putra asked the royal healer. “I’m very sorry, My Majesty. She is sick because the queen put poison in her meal,” the royal healer lied.
Raden Putra was shock and angry to hear the explanation. He called the queen and asked her if the story was true. Of course the queen denied, but Raden Putra won’t listen. “Please Your Majesty, have mercy. I really didn’t do anything,” cried the queen in her tears. Raden Putra’s anger ended in a decision. The queen should be banished to the woods and terminated. He did not know that the queen was already pregnant. Raden Putra commanded one of his general to do the punishment. The queen was banished to the woods, but the wise general didn’t have the heart to kill her. He built a simple house in the woods for her. On his way back to the palace, he smeared his sword with rabbit blood, so Raden Putra would believe that he had killed the queen.
After the general left, the queen lived by herself in the woods. Several months later, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy. The baby was named Cindelaras. He grew up as a nice, healthy, and handsome boy. One day, while Cindelaras helped her mother to collect some fire woods, an eagle dropped an egg. Cindelaras brought the egg to be brooded by a chicken behind their house. The egg hatched into a chick and then it slowly became a strong rooster. The rooster is no ordinary rooster. The rooster could sing. Every morning, the rooster woke Cindelaras up with its beautiful song, “My master is Cindelaras. His house is in the woods. He’s the son of Raden Putra.” The rooster often sang that song.
Cindelaras always woke up early in the morning and listen happily to his rooster’s song. He didn’t realize the meaning of the song until one day, he started to think. “Who is Raden Putra?” he asked his mother. The queen then told him the whole story. She also told him why they were banned from the kingdom and lived in the woods. Cindelaras was very surprised. He decided to go to the palace to meet the king, his father. Cindelaras asked her mother’s permission to go to the kingdom and to tell the king what really happened. He also brought his rooster that grew bigger and stronger each day.
On his way, Cindelaras stopped at a village. There, he met some people who were involved in cockfighting. They challenge him to see how strong his rooster was. “If your rooster wins, you’ll get a reward,” said the man who challenged him. Cindelaras accepted the challenge. In a few minutes, his rooster defeated the opponent’s rooster. He was challenged again by other man, and one more time, his rooster won. He won again and again.
The news about Cindelaras’ rooster quickly spread to the whole Jenggala kingdom and made Raden Putra curious. So, he invited Cindelaras to the palace. “What is your name, boy?” Raden Putra asked as Cindelaras arrived in the palace. “My name is Cindelaras, Your Majesty,” Cindelaras answered. He felt both thrilled and happy to see Raden Putra.
Raden Putra challenged Cindelaras with one condition. If Raden Putra’s rooster won, Cindelaras’ head would be cut off. But if Cindelaras’ rooster won, Raden Putra would share half of his wealth. Cindelaras accepted the condition. The competition was held in the front yard of the palace. The two roosters fought bravely. But in just a few minutes, Cindelaras’ rooster won the fight! Raden Putra shook his head and stared at Cindelaras from his seat, “That rooster is no ordinary rooster, and the boy is not an ordinaty boy either. Who is he exactly?” he thought. Raden Putra was about to asked when suddenly Cindelaras’ rooster sang the song, “My master is Cindelaras. His house is in the woods. He’s the son of Raden Putra.”
Raden Putra was surprised. “Is it true?” he asked. “Yes, My Majesty. My name is Cindelaras and my mother was the queen,” said Cindelaras. Raden putra called the general who had banished the queen. The general then confessed that he never killed the queen. Later, the royal healer also admitted his mistake. Raden Putra was so shocked. He immediately went to the woods to pick up the queen. Ever since, Cindelaras and his parents lived happily together. As for the concubine, she was sent to the jail as punishment.
Taken from: http://ceritarakyat.50webs.com
The possibly new vocabulary for you:
1. concubine: a woman in the past who had a sexual relationship with an important man but was not married to him
2. envious: unhappy because you want very much to do something that someone else does or to have something that they have
3. jealous: unhappy because someone has something that you would like or can do something that you would like to do
4. royal: relating to a king or queen or the members of their family
5. healer: someone who is believed to be able to cure people who are ill, using special powers
6. pretended: not real or sincere
7. majesty: used for talking formally to or about a king or queen
8. denied: to say that you did not do something that someone has accused you of doing
9. mercy: to treat someone in a kind way instead of a cruel way
10. banished: to officially order someone to leave a country or region as a punishment
11. terminated: if something terminates, or if you terminate it, it ends or you stop it
12. smeared: to spread a soft or liquid substance on a surface in an untidy way
13. sword: a weapon with a short handle and a long sharp blade
14. brooded: if a bird broods, it sits on its eggs until the young birds are born
15. hatched: if an egg hatches or is hatched, it breaks open so that the baby bird, fish, insect etc inside can come out
16. rooster: a male chicken. The usual British word is cock
17. banned: to say officially that someone is not allowed to do something
18. defeated: to win against someone in a game, fight, or election
19. opponent: someone who is competing against you
20. curious: someone who is curious wants to find out about something
21. thrilled: very pleased and excited
22. fought: the past tense and past participle offight, if people fight, they use guns or other weapons against each other
23. shook: the past tense ofshake, to make lots of quick small movements up and down, or side to side
24. stared: to look at someone or something very directly for a long time
25. confessed: admitting that you have done something or that you are a particular type of person
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The Other Narrative Text Examples:
- Jaka Tarub and Nawang Wulan
- Loro Jonggrang
- Lutung Kasarung
- Origin of Lotus
- Rama, The Dutiful Son
- Telaga Warna
- The Fox and the Mosquitoes
- The Penny Wise Monkey
- The Pirate Crocodile
- The Princess and the Pea
- The White Gibbon
- Uncle Spider
- The Bird with Two Heads
- The Birds and the Shivering Monkeys
- The Jackal and the Arrow
- The Monkeys and the Bell
- The Purse of Gold
- An Old Tiger and a Greedy Traveler
- The Wind and the Moon
- The Talkative Tortoise
- The Ant and the Grasshopper
- The Buffoon and the Countryman
- The Dog and the Wolf
- The Fox and the Stork
- The Fox, the Cock, and the Dog
- The Frog and the Ox
- The Hare with Many Friends
- The Labourer and the Nightingale
- The Lion in Love
- The Man and the Satyr
- The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey
- The Shepherd’s Boy
- The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
- Bawang Putih Bawang Merah
- Keong Emas
- Calon Arang
- Kancil and the Farmer
- The Myth of Malin Kundang
- The Story of Sangkuriang and Tangkuban Perahu Mountain
- The Legend of Toba Lake
- Snow White
- The Story of Smart Monkey and Dull Crocodile
- Romeo and Juliet
- Kite’s Tale
- Story of Rabbit and Bear
- Queen of Arabia and Three Sheiks
- The Smartest Parrot
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