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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Story Telling ; Cinderella

Cinderella
Once upon a time there lived an unhappy young girl. Her mother was dead and her father had married a widow with two daughters. Her stepmother didn't like her at all. She had to work hard all day. Only when evening came was she allowed to sit for a while by the fire, near the cinders. That’s why everybody called her Cinderella.
One day, beautiful new dresses arrived at the house. A ball was to be held at the palace and the stepsisters were getting ready to go. Cinderella didn't even dare ask if she could go too. She knew very well what the answer would be: “You? You're staying at home to wash the dishes, scrub the floors and turn down the beds for your stepsisters.” They will come home tired and very sleepy. Cinderella sighed, “Oh dear, I'm so unhappy!” and the cat murmured “Miaow.” The fairy smiled. With a flick of her magic wand Cinderella found herself wearing the most beautiful dress she had ever seen. “Now for your coach,” said the fairy; "A real lady would never go to a ball on foot! Quick! Get me a pumpkin!” “Oh of course,” said Cinderella, rushing away. Then the fairy turned to the cat. “You, bring me seven mice, and, remember they must be alive!”
Cinderella soon returned with the pumpkin and the cat with seven mice he had caught in the cellar. With a flick of the magic wand the pumpkin turned into a sparkling coach and the mice became six white horses, while the seventh mouse turned into a coachman in a smart uniform and carrying a whip. Cinderella could hardly believe her eyes. The fairy asked Cinderella to go to ball but she had to be back before mid-night.
Cinderella had a wonderful time at the ball until she heard the first stroke of midnight! She remembered what the fairy had said, and without a word of goodbye she slipped from the Prince’s arms and ran down the steps. As she ran she lost one of her slippers,... oh... what a disaster that would be! Out she fled and vanished into the night.

The Prince, who was now madly in love with her, picked up the slipper and said to his ministers, “Go and search everywhere for the girl whose foot this slipper fits. I will never be content until I find her!” So the ministers tried the slipper on the foot of every girl in the land. Till they reach Cinderella’s place and tried the shoes on all the girls’ foot. No one fit. But, to everyone’s amazement, the shoe fitted perfectly. Finally the prince married Cinderella and they live happily

Story Telling; The Twin Maks

A long time ago in Lumajang, East Java, there was a kingdom named Bintolo. The king had a beautiful princess. Many young men feel in love with her and proposed her. However, the princess always refused the wedding proposal politely. She didn’t want to get married yet. On the other hand, in the small village there was a young man who lived with his mother. He was a mask maker. He also fell in love with the princess, but he didn’t have any courage to propose her. The man was ugly. “How can I propose her? The princess refused proposals from handsome and rich men.” That was the ugly man always thought.
However, he couldn’t stop thinking about her until he got ill that made his mother really worried about him. “What’s the matter with you my son? Please tell me!” “I…I… I love the princess mother but I’m ugly, I’m not sure she will accept my proposal, I don’t know how to tell the truth about my feeling.” The mother replied ”You a great mask maker my son, make a mask of a handsome man and wear it when you propose the princess.”
Immediately, the man made a handsome mask and it was amazingly looked like a real face. So he went to the kingdom confidently. “Your majesty, I’m here to propose your daughter,” said the man. “Stay here, I will talk to my princess” replied the king.
“My daughter, that’s a man want to marry you, it’s all up to you my dear, if you love him, you may marry him.” said the king. The princess met the man and she fell in love with him. She accepted the man’s wedding proposal.
The man was happy, he will marry the girl of his dream. However, he realized that the princess didn’t love him but loved his mask. He then told the truth to the princess and the king. He was ready for all the risk
“It’s true at the first time, I loved you because you are so handsome, but now since I know you well, I loved you the way you are. I want you to make the same mask as yours, I want to wear it in our wedding.” said the princess.


During the wedding, all the guests were surprised to see the bride and the groom wearing the same masks. That inspired a few people to create a dance called Twin masks dance. Until now, people in Lumajang called it Tari Topeng Kembar and do the dance till now. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Story Telling ; "The Legend of Golan Mirah"

Story Telling ; "The Legend of Golan Mirah"

Once upon the time there was a well known person in Golan, named Ki Honggolono. Ki Honggolono had cousin named Ki Honggojoyo, he lived in Mirah village and known as Ki Ageng Mirah. Ki Honggolono had young son named Joko Lancur but he is a bad person and loved compete his rooster. One day in the arena in Mirah village, his rooster suddenly run away, Joko Lancur tried to catch it up.
"Stop my boy, you have to go on the competition, come on!"
However, his rooster kept running and went into Ki Ageng Mirah's kitchen. Lancur stopped there, looking his rooster on the lap of beautiful girl. She was Mirah Putri Ayu, Ki Ageng Mirah’s daughter. In short, they had conversation and knew each other. Soon love grew between both of them. Lancur couldn’t help falling in love with Mirah while Ki Ageng mirah himself didn’t allow his daugther to have relationship with his cousin’s son.
“My daughter, he is not the right man for you, I don’t agree you marry a man from Golan which known as a place with full of gamblers and criminals.”
Mirah was just quiet, she such a soft and filial daughter. On the other side, Joko lancur was depressed and told everything to his father Ki honggolono. When Lancur offered his married proposal, Ki Hanggolono was unbelievable shocked and told him to get rid of that feeling because they have differences beliefs.
.”Father, I will marry Mirah” said Lancur sadly.
“But son, this is complicated, I don’t want you to face so many obstacles!”
“No father, this is my life, my choice, I will marry her no matter what.” Lancur raised his voice.
 Ki Honggolono felt pity on him, and the next morning, he went to Ki Ageng Mirah’s house. Ki Ageng Mirah surprised by the arrival of Ki Honggolono. He knew that his coming was for his son’s proposal to marry his daughter. He smiled but in his heart he hated to have a bad attitude son in law. He dare not refuse because that his cousin known as power full person. Therefore, to cover it up, Ki Ageng Mirah gave some conditions, First, the should make irrigation in Mirah overnight, second, must bring two barns contain rice and soy on the wedding ceremony, Third, barns must be able to walk alone from the village toward the Golan Mirah village.
And ladies and gentle men, Of course, Ki Honggolono agreed to all terms because it is easy considered. When the wedding ceremony came, all requirements have been made. With all his power, Ki Honggolo made hay (damen) and soybean stems (titen) into barns and soybeans. And by the help of the evil spirit, the barn was able to walk alone from Golan to Mirah. Ki Ageng Mirah already knew it was just a vicious science. Then, Ki Ageng Mirah seek God to reveal the truth.
And you know, it was proved ladies and gentle man. Kyai Ageng Mirah can not accept this proposal, and Ki Honggolono advised to return to the path of God. He felt embarrassed and angry.
Hearing all of these, Mirah instantly fell down and died. And Joko Lancur was shocked “Nooo….. why you leaved me alone, we will get  marry and I will make you happy”
“hahaha..Ok, wait for me, I will be there with you, no one can separate us” Joko Lancur stabbed himself into her stomach and he died. Then both of them buried into the ground of Mirah. In front of his son grave, Ki Honggolono swearing angrily “Mirah and the Golan people don’t dare to plant soy beans or to keep hay and soybean stem (titen), otherwise it burns easily, Mirah and Golan people should not be married or one of them will be die, Next, Mirah people should not carry goods from Golan village, because they could not find his way home, there is a river, Golan and Mirah’s water can not be merged.
Well ladies and gentle men, you believe or not, that’s your choice, however, the story is still there to this day.