Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Story of Bali Strait by Abdillah Ikroom

Once upon a time there lived a Brahmin benama Sidi Mantra which had very famous powers. Sanghyang Widya or Batara Guru gave a gift of treasure and a beautiful wife. After several years of marriage, they got a boy named Manik Angkeran.

Manik Angkeran grew into a handsome and clever young man, but he liked to gamble. He often lost and sorted out the assets of his parents. Because it could not pay the debt, Manik Angkeran asked for help for something. Sidi Mantra fasted and prayed for the help of the gods. Suddenly he heard the voice, “Hi, Sidi Mantra, in the crater of Mount Agung there is a treasure trove that the dragon is Besukih Dragon. Go there and ask him that you want a little treasure.”

Sidi Mantra went to Gunung Agung by overcoming all obstacles. Arriving there, he sat cross-legged. As he rang the bell he read a spell and called the name of the Besukih Dragon. Not long after that the Dragon came out. After hearing the intention of the arrival of Sidi Mantra, Naga Besukih gave him gold and diamonds. After thanking the Dragon, Sidi Mantra excused himself. All the goods he got given to Manik Angkeran in the hope he would not gamble anymore. It ran out very quickly. Again Manik Angkeran asked for help. Sidi Mantra was disappointed and denied.

After that, Manik Angkeran did not remain silent. He found out from where his father got the treasure. Not long after that, Manik Angkeran knew that the treasure was obtained from Mount Agung. Manik Angkeran knew to get there he had to read a spell but he never learned about prayers and spells. So, he just brought a bell that was stolen from his father when his father was sleeping.

After arriving at the crater of Mount Agung, Manik Angkeran sounded his gentle. He was scared when he saw Dragon Besukih. After the dragon heard the intention of the arrival of Manik Angkeran, he said, “I’ll give you the treasure you asked for, but you have to promise to change your behavior. Do not gamble anymore. Remember the law of karma.”

Manik Angkeran was amazed to see the gold, diamonds, and gems in front of him. Then the evil intentioned in his heart. Due to want more treasure, then he cut the tail of Dragon Besukih when Dragon returned to the nest. Manik Angkeran immediately escaped in fear. But because of the miracle of the Dragon, when the traces of Manik Angkeran was licked by the dragon, he burned it to ashes.

Seeing the death of his son, Sidi Mantra became very sad. He immediately sought the Naga Besukih and begged his son to live again. Besukih Dragon grant the request with the condition Sidi Mantra want to restore the tail of Besukih Dragon as normal. Then with the magic, Sidi Mantra made the Dragon’s tail back to normal. After Manik Angkeran was alive, he apologized and promised not to repeat it again. Sidi Mantra knew that his son was converted but he decided not to live together again.

“You have to start a new life,” Sidi Mantra said. In the blink of an eye he vanished. In the place where he stood arose a source of water that grew increasingly large to become the sea. With supernatural powers, Sidi Mantra made a line that lavished him with his son. This story that line up the origin of the strait of Bali, now the place became the Bali strait that separates the island of Java with the island of Bali.

Desi Suryani

Author & Editor

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