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Jangga Hatue Bulan

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Jangga Hatuen Bulan
Folklore from Central
Kalimantan
A long time ago, a man lived
on the moon. his name was
Jangga. He lived with his
mother. Jangga loved hunting.
Everyday he went hunting with
his dog. His mother often told
him not to go hunting too
long. But Jangga often ignored
her.
One day Jangga and his dog
went hunting as usual. He was
looking for the animals.
However, he could not find
any of them. Sadly, he was
lost. He could not find a way
to his home. While he was
walking, suddenly he saw an
old woman.
Jangga followed the old
woman. She arrived at her
house. jangga wanted to stay
the night at her house. He
knocked the door. an old man
opened the door. Jangga told
him that he wanted to stay.
The old man gave him the
permission.
Apparently, it was a family.
The old man and the old
woman had a beautiful
daughter. Jangga told them
that he was lost. He said that
he lived on the moon. The old
man said that Jangga was
really far from home. They
were on the earth.
Jangga was so sad. He could
not go back to his home and
meet his mother.
The old man offered Jangga to
stay at his home. Jangga
agreed.
Day passed by ans soon Jangga
fell in love with the old man’s
daughter. Then they got
married.
Jangga still enjoyed hunting.
With his dog, he often went
hunting in the jungle. His wife
often told him not to go
hunting too long. However,
Jangga ignored her.
Jangga’s wife was pregnant.
She often asked Jangga to stay
at home and not to go
hunting. Again, Jangga ignored
her. Her wife was often angry
with him.
In the morning, Jangga wanted
to go hunting. This time his
wife was really angry.
“Please stay. Don’t go! I feel
like I’m going to deliver the
baby today.”
“Don’t worry. If the baby is a
boy, name him Jangga Batuen
Bulan. It means Jangga, a man
from the moon. And if the
baby is a girl, name her
Hendan Bawi Bulan. It means
Hendan, a woman from the
moon,” said Jangga.
Then he left his wife. Not long
after that Jangga’s wife
delivered a baby boy. She was
so angry that her husband was
not next to her. She did not
want her husband to see the
baby.
Later Jnagga came home. He
heard a baby was crying. He
was so happy.
“Where is the baby? I want to
see my baby,” said Jangga.
“No, you can’t! I don’t want
you to see the baby!” said
Jangga’s wife.
Jangga was so sad. Ans he was
also very angry! He went
outside of his home. His dog
followed him. After that he
prayed. He called out his
mother.
Suddenly thunder attacked the
place. Dark cloud covered him
and his dog. Surprisingly,
Jangga and his dog
disappeared. Not long after
that the baby was dead.
Jangga brough the baby spirit
to the moon.
Jangga’s wife was so sad. She
called out Jangga’s name. But
it was to late. Jangga and the
baby now lived on the moon.
Jangga’s wife was crying. She
never stop crying.
The Gods heard how she cried
and they didn’t like it. The
were upset with her and
changed her into a bird.
People named the bird as
pungguk bird.

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Until now, during full moon
we still can hear the sound of
pungguk bird. And we can also
see the image of a dog in the
moon. From the legend,
people make a proverb. It
says, “Just like a pungguk
waiting for the moon”. It
means that it’s just waiting in
vain.***

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