Structure of Tangkuban Perahu Story (Narrative Text)

Tangkuban Perahu

Orientation
Long time ago in West Java, lived a beautiful girl named Dayang Sumbi. She was also smart and clever. Her beauty and intelligence made a prince from the heavenly kingdom of Kahyangan desire her as his wife. The prince asked permission from his father to marry Dayang Sumbi. People from Kahyangan could never live side by side with humans, but his father approved on one condition, when they had a child, the prince would transform into a dog. The prince accepted the condition.
Complication
They get married and lived happily in the woods until Dayang Sumbi gave birth to a baby boy. The prince then changed into a dog named Tumang. Their son is named Sangkuriang. He was very smart and handsome like his father. Everyday, he hunted animals and looked for fruits to eat. One day, when he was hunting, Sangkuriang accidentally killed Tumang. His arrow missed the deer he was targeting and hit Tumang instead. He went home and tells her mother about the dog. “What?” Dayang Sumbi was appalled. Driven by sadness and anger, she grabbed a weaving tool and hit Sangkuriang’s head with it. Dayang Sumbi was so sad; she didn’t pay any attention to Sangkuriang and started to cry.
Sangkuriang feel sad and also confused. How can his mother love a dog more than him? Sangkuriang then decided to go away from their home and went on a journey. In the morning, Dayang Sumbi finally stopped crying. She started to feel better, so she went to find Sangkuriang. But her son was no where to be found. She looked everywhere but still couldn’t find him. Finally, she went home with nothing. She was exhausted. She fell asleep, and in her dream, she meets her husband. “Dayang Sumbi, don’t be sad. Go look for my body in the woods and get the heart. Soak it with water, and use the water to bathe, and you will look young forever,” said the prince in her dream. After bathing with the water used to soak the dog’s heart, Dayang Sumbi looked more beautiful and even younger.
And time passed by. Sangkuriang on his journey 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.
After the young man left, Dayang Sumbi prayed for guidance. After praying, she became convinced that the young man was indeed her missing son. She realized that she had to do something to prevent Sangkuriang from marrying her. But she did not wish to disappoint him by cancelling the wedding. So, although she agreed to marry Sangkuriang, she would do so only on the condition that he provides her with a lake and built a beautiful boat, all in one night.
Sangkuriang accepted this condition without a doubt. He had spent his youth studying magical arts. After the sun went down, Sangkuriang went to the hill. Then he called a group of genie to build a dam around Citarum River. Then, he commands the genies to cut down trees and build a boat. A few moments before dawn, Sangkuriang and his genie servants almost finished the boat.
Resolution
Dayang Sumbi, who had been spying on him, realised that Sangkuriang would fulfill the condition she had set. Dayang Sumbi immediately woke all the women in the village and asked them to wave a long red scarf. All the women in the village were waving red scarf, making it look as if dawn was breaking. Deceived by false dawn, the cock crowed and farmers rose for the new day.
Re-Orientation
Sangkuriang’s genie servants immediately dropped their work and ran for cover from the sun, which they feared. Sangkuriang grew furious. With all his anger, he kicked the unfinished boat. The boat flew and landed on a valley. The boat then became a mountain, called Mount Tangkuban Perahu (Tangkuban means upturned or upside down, and Perahu means boat). With his power, he destroyed the dam. The water drained from the lake becoming a wide plain and nowadays became a city called Bandung (from the word Bendung, which means Dam).


Tangkuban Perahu

Pada jaman dahulu, di Jawa Barat hiduplah seorang putri raja yang bernama Dayang Sumbi. Ia mempunyai seorang anak laki-laki yang bernama Sangkuriang. Anak tersebut sangat gemar berburu di dalam hutan. Setiap berburu, dia selalu ditemani oleh seekor anjing kesayangannya yang bernama Tumang. Tumang sebenarnya adalah titisan dewa, dan juga bapak kandung Sangkuriang, tetapi Sangkuriang tidak tahu hal itu dan ibunya memang sengaja merahasiakannya.

Pada suatu hari, seperti biasanya Sangkuriang pergi ke hutan untuk berburu. Setelah sesampainya di hutan, Sangkuriang mulai mencari buruan. Dia melihat ada seekor burung yang sedang bertengger di dahan, lalu tanpa berpikir panjang Sangkuriang langsung menembaknya, dan tepat mengenai sasaran. Sangkuriang lalu memerintah Tumang untuk mengejar buruannya tadi, tetapi si Tumang diam saja dan tidak mau mengikuti perintah Sangkuriang. Karena sangat jengkel pada Tumang, maka Sangkuriang lalu mengusir Tumang dan tidak diijinkan pulang ke rumah bersamanya lagi.

Sesampainya di rumah, Sangkuriang menceritakan kejadian tersebut kepada ibunya. Begitu mendengar cerita dari anaknya, Dayang Sumbi sangat marah. Diambilnya sendok nasi, dan dipukulkan ke kepala Sangkuriang. Karena merasa kecewa dengan perlakuan ibunya, maka Sangkuriang memutuskan untuk pergi mengembara, dan meninggalkan rumahnya.
Setelah kejadian itu, Dayang Sumbi sangat menyesali perbuatannya. Ia berdoa setiap hari, dan meminta agar suatu hari dapat bertemu dengan anaknya kembali. Karena kesungguhan dari doa Dayang Sumbi tersebut, maka Dewa memberinya sebuah hadiah berupa kecantikan abadi dan usia muda selamanya.

Setelah bertahun-tahun lamanya Sangkuriang mengembara, akhirnya ia berniat untuk pulang ke kampung halamannya. Sesampainya di sana, dia sangat terkejut sekali, karena kampung halamannya sudah berubah total. Rasa senang Sangkuriang tersebut bertambah ketika saat di tengah jalan bertemu dengan seorang wanita yang sangat cantik jelita, yang tidak lain adalah Dayang Sumbi. Karena terpesona dengan kecantikan wanita tersebut, maka Sangkuriang langsung melamarnya. Akhirnya lamaran Sangkuriang diterima oleh Dayang Sumbi, dan sepakat akan menikah di waktu dekat.

Pada suatu hari, Sangkuriang meminta ijin calon istrinya untuk berburu di hatan. Sebelum berangkat, ia meminta Dayang Sumbi untuk mengencangkan dan merapikan ikat kapalanya. Alangkah terkejutnya Dayang Sumbi, karena pada saat dia merapikan ikat kepala Sangkuriang, Ia melihat ada bekas luka. Bekas luka tersebut mirip dengan bekas luka anaknya. Setelah bertanya kepada Sangkuriang tentang penyebab lukanya itu, Dayang Sumbi bertambah tekejut, karena ternyata benar bahwa calon suaminya tersebut adalah anaknya sendiri.

Dayang Sumbi sangat bingung sekali, karena dia tidak mungkin menikah dengan anaknya sendiri. Setelah Sangkuriang pulang berburu, Dayang Sumbi mencoba berbicara kepada Sangkuriang, supaya Sangkuriang membatalkan rencana pernikahan mereka. Permintaan Dayang Sumbi tersebut tidak disetujui Sangkuriang, dan hanya dianggap angin lalu saja.

Setiap hari Dayang Sumbi berpikir bagaimana cara agar pernikahan mereka tidak pernah terjadi. Setelah berpikir keras, akhirnya Dayang Sumbi menemukan cara terbaik. Dia mengajukan dua buah syarat kepada Sangkuriang. Apabila Sangkuriang dapat memenuhi kedua syarat tersebut, maka Dayang Sumbi mau dijadikan istri, tetapi sebaliknya jika gagal maka pernikahan itu akan dibatalkan. Syarat yang pertama Dayang Sumbi ingin supaya sungai Citarum dibendung. Dan yang kedua adalah, meminta Sangkuriang untuk membuat sampan yang sangat besar untuk menyeberang sungai. Kedua syarat itu harus diselesai sebelum fajar menyingsing.

Sangkuriang menyanggupi kedua permintaan Dayang Sumbi tersebut, dan berjanji akan menyelesaikannya sebelum fajar menyingsing. Dengan kesaktian yang dimilikinya, Sangkuriang lalu mengerahkan teman-temannya dari bangsa jin untuk membantu menyelesaikan tugasnya tersebut. Diam-diam, Dayang Sumbi mengintip hasil kerja dari Sangkuriang. Betapa terkejutnya dia, karena Sangkuriang hampir menyelesaiklan semua syarat yang diberikan Dayang Sumbi sebelum fajar.

Dayang Sumbi lalu meminta bantuan masyarakat sekitar untuk menggelar kain sutera berwarna merah di sebelah timur kota. Ketika melihat warna memerah di timur kota, Sangkuriang mengira kalau hari sudah menjelang pagi. Sangkuriang langsung menghentikan pekerjaannya dan merasa tidak dapat memenuhi syarat yang telah diajukan oleh Dayang Sumbi.

Dengan rasa jengkel dan kecewa, Sangkuriang lalu menjebol bendungan yang telah dibuatnya sendiri. Karena jebolnya bendungan itu, maka terjadilah banjir dan seluruh kota terendam air. Sangkuriang juga menendang sampan besar yang telah dibuatnya. Sampan itu melayang dan jatuh tertelungkup, lalu menjadi sebuah gunung yang bernama Tangkuban Perahu.

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