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Lutung Kasarung

a folktale from West Java, Indonesia

Lutung Kasarung

Lutung Kasarung

PRABU Tapa Agung was an old king. He had two daughters, Purbararang and Purbasari. Prabu Tapa Agung planned to retire as a king. He wanted Purbasari to replace him as the leader of the kingdom. Hearing this, Purbararang was angry.

“You cannot ask her to be the queen, Father. I’m older than she is. It’s supposed to be me, not her!” said Purbararang. But the king still chose Purbasari to be the next queen.

Purbararang then set a bad plan with her fiance, Indrajaya. Together they went to a witch and asked her to put a spell on Purbasari. Later, Purbasari had bad skin. There were black dots all over her body.

“You are not as beautiful as I am. You cannot be the queen. Instead, you have to leave this palace and stay in a jungle,” said Purbararang.


Purbasari was very sad. Now she had to stay in the jungle. Every day she spent her time playing with some animals there. There was one monkey that always tried to cheer her up. It was not just an ordinary monkey, he had magical power. And he also could talk with humans. The monkey’s name was Lutung Kasarung. He was actually a god. His name was Sanghyang Gurumina. Lutung Kasarung planned to help Purbasari. He made a small lake and asked her to take a bath there. Amazingly, her bad skin was cured. Now she got her beautiful skin back.
After that, she asked Lutung Kasarung to accompany her to go back to the palace. Purbararang was very shocked. She knew she had to come up with another bad idea. She then said, “Those who have longer hair will be the queen.”
The king then measured his daughters’ hair. Purbasari had longer hair. But Purbararang did not give up. “A queen must have a handsome husband. If my fiance is more handsome than yours, then I will be the queen,” said Purbararang.

Purbasari was sad. She knew Purbararang’s fiance, Indrajaya, was handsome. And she did not have a fiance yet. “Here is my fiancé, Indrajaya. Where is yours?” asked Purbararang. Lutung Kasarung came forward. Purbararang was laughing very hard. “Your fiance is a monkey, ha ha ha.”
Suddenly, Lutung Kasarung changed into a very a handsome man. He was even more handsome than Indrajaya. Purbasari then became the queen. She forgave Purbararang and her fiance and let them stay in the palace.

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1. retire:to stop working, especially when you reach the age when you are officially too old to work

2. fiance: your fiancé is the man you are engaged to and are going to get married to

3. witch: a woman in stories who has magic powers. A man with magic powers is usually called a wizard.

4. spell: black magic

5. dots: a very small spot of ink or colour

6. instead: used for saying that one person, thing, or action replaces another

7. jungle: a thick tropical forest

8. cheer up: to become less sad, or to make someone feel less sad

9. cured: to stop someone from being affected by an illness

10. shocked: very surprised and upset by something bad that happens unexpectedly

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The Other Narrative Text Examples:

  1. Cindelaras
  2. Jaka Tarub and Nawang Wulan
  3. Loro Jonggrang
  4. Lutung Kasarung
  5. Minangkabau
  6. Origin of Lotus
  7. Rama, The Dutiful Son
  8. Telaga Warna
  9. The Fox and the Mosquitoes
  10. The Penny Wise Monkey
  11. The Pirate Crocodile
  12. The Princess and the Pea
  13. The White Gibbon
  14. Uncle Spider
  15. The Bird with Two Heads
  16. The Birds and the Shivering Monkeys
  17. The Jackal and the Arrow
  18. The Monkeys and the Bell
  19. The Purse of Gold
  20. An Old Tiger and a Greedy Traveler
  21. The Wind and the Moon
  22. The Talkative Tortoise
  23. The Ant and the Grasshopper
  24. The Buffoon and the Countryman
  25. The Dog and the Wolf
  26. The Fox and the Stork
  27. The Fox, the Cock, and the Dog
  28. The Frog and the Ox 
  29. The Hare with Many Friends
  30. The Labourer and the Nightingale
  31. The Lion in Love
  32. The Man and the Satyr
  33. The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey
  34. The Shepherd’s Boy
  35. The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
  36. Bawang Putih Bawang Merah
  37. Keong Emas
  38. Calon Arang
  39. Kancil and the Farmer
  40. The Myth of Malin Kundang
  41. The Story of Sangkuriang and Tangkuban Perahu Mountain
  42. The Legend of Toba Lake
  43. Cinderella
  44. Snow White
  45. The Story of Smart Monkey and Dull Crocodile
  46. Romeo and Juliet
  47. Kite’s Tale
  48. Story of Rabbit and Bear
  49. Queen of Arabia and Three Sheiks
  50. The Smartest Parrot

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