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As the world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia is home to hundreds of ethnic group with diverse languages and cultures. One of the heritages of the country is cerita rakyat. For those who don’t know, cerita rakyat is a form of tale, folklore, legend or myth from the country Indonesia. Its origins are probably an oral culture of stories that explain events or establish moral lessons. Cerita rakyat is usually tied in with a province or region of Indonesia.

So…, here’s some collection of cerita rakyat.

Cindelaras (cerita rakyat from East Java)

Cindelaras was a healthy boy that lived in the forest. He had a rooster. The rooster is no ordinary rooster. The rooster could sing. Every morning, the rooster woke Cindelaras up with its beautiful song, “My master is Cindelaras. His house is in the woods. He’s the son of Raden Putra.” The rooster often sang that song … Click here for the complete tale.


Sangkuriang (cerita rakyat from West Java)

On his journey, Sangkuriang stopped at a village and met and fell in love with a beautiful girl. He didn't realize that the village was his homeland and the beautiful girl was his own mother, Dayang Sumbi. Their love grew naturally and he asked the girl to marry him. One day, Sangkuriang was going on a hunt. He asked Dayang Sumbi to fix the turban on his head. Dayang Sumbi was startled when she saw a scar on his head at the same place where she, years ago, hit Sangkuriang on the head … Click here for the complete tale.


Malin Kundang (cerita rakyat from West Sumatra)

Malin Kundang’s mother quickly went to see her beloved son. “Malin, you’re back, son!” said Malin Kundang’s mother and without hesitation, she came running to hug Malin Kundang, “I miss you so much.” But, Malin Kundang didn’t show any respond. He was ashamed to admit his own mother in front of his beautiful wife … Click here for the complete tale.


Mouse Deer and Tiger (cerita rakyat from Central Java)

He caught Mouse Deer. “Hello, Mouse Deer! I’m really hungry right now. You’ll be my lunch!” said Tiger. Mouse Deer didn’t want to be his lunch. He tried to be calm. He looked around and saw some buffalo’s dung. He had an idea … Click here for the complete tale.


Origin of Landak River (cerita rakyat from West Kalimantan)

In the pond, he saw something very shiny. He came to the shiny object and took it. It was a golden hedgehog statue. It was very beautiful. Its eyes were made of diamond. The farmer then brought the statue home … Click here for the complete tale.