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Nyai Anteh and the Moon

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Nyai Anteh and the Moon
Folklore from West Java
THERE were two girls lived in a palace.
There were princess Endahwarni and
Anteh. Princess Endahwarni was the
daughter of the king and the queen
while Anteh was the daughter of the
lady-in-waiting. Anteh’s mother died
while she was a baby. The queen felt
sorry to her and raised her like her own
child.
Anteh was more beautiful than Princess
Endahwarni. She was often jealous with
Anteh. However she still loved Anteh just
like her little sister. The king and the
queen thought it was time for princess
Endahwarni to get married. A prince
from a neighboring kingdom named
Anantakusuma proposed the princess to
marry him. The king and the queen had
accepted the proposal. And it made
Endahwani became very restless. She
never met Anantakusuma yet.
A week before the wedding, Prince
Anantakusuma came to talk about the
wedding ceremony. While he passed the
palace garden, he heard a girl singing a
song beautifully. He came to the garden
and saw a beautiful girl singing. He
thought the girl was Princess Endahwarni.
But he was wrong, the girl was Anteh.
The wedding could not be cancelled. During
theceremony, Princess Endahwarni saw
that her husband was always looking at
Anteh. She knew that her husband fell in
love with Anteh. She was trying to steal her
husband.She was very angry. She asked
Anteh to leave the palace.
Anteh was very sad. She never fell in love
with the prince or wanted to be his wife.
Anteh then went to her mother’s
hometown. She stayed at her uncle’s
house.
Years passed by and Anteh was married
and have two children. She helped her
husband to earn the living by working as a
tailor. The dresses she made were very
beautiful. She became very famous. People
then called her Nyai Anteh.
Princess Endahwarni heard that Nteh
became a famous tailor. She was very
guilty asking Anteh leave the palace. She
wanted to apologize to Nyai Anteh by
asking her to stay in the palace again. She
even asked Nyai Anteh to become the
palace tailor.
Nyai Anteh agreed but she asked her family
to stay in the palace. Princess Endahwarni
did not mind with that. And since then Nyai
Anteh lived in the palace.
Nyai Anteh had a pet. It was a cat. Every
time Anteh was making a dress, the cat
always accompanied her. Nyai Anteh was
very happy that she could be back in the
palace. But she did not know that prince
Anantakusuma still love her. He secretly
often looked at her. Although Nyai Anteh
was not young anymore, she was still
beautiful. And hat why the prince still loved
her.
It was a beautiful evening and the moon
was full. Nyai Anteh and the cat were in the
garden. Nyai Anteh was weaving the dress.
Suddenly the prince came to her.
“Anteh, I have to tell you something. I love
you and I want to marry you.”
“But that is impossible. I don’t love you.
You are married and I’m also married.”
Nyai Anteh was very scared. The prince was
forced her to run away. Nyai Anteh prayed,
“God, please help me. I don’t want to live
here anymore.”
Suddenly moonlight covered her body.
Slowly the light lifted her and the cat. The
light brought them to the moon.
The prince was very shocked. He regretted
his behaviour. He was very sorry but it was
too late. Nyai Anteh stayed in the moon
and never came back to the earth.
People said that we still can see the image
of Nyai Anteh and the cat during full moon.
We can see that Nyai Anteh is weaving.
***

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