The Legends of Timun Mas: A Tale of Bravery and Wisdom

Hello, PikiranMedia’s friends! Let me tell you a story about the legend of Timun Mas. This tale is a story full of bravery and wisdom, and it has been passed down from generation to generation.

The Beginning of the Story

Once upon a time, in the land of Java, there lived a poor couple who had been trying to have a child for many years. Finally, their prayers were answered when the woman became pregnant. However, the couple’s happiness was short-lived as they soon found out that their unborn child was going to be offered to a giant who lived in the forest. The giant demanded a baby every forty days in return for not destroying the village.

The couple was devastated but a wise old man advised them to make a puppet out of banana stems and name it Timun Mas – which means Golden Cucumber. He instructed the couple to treat the puppet as their child and when the giant came to take Timun Mas, they were to throw the puppet away and run for their lives.

The Adventure Begins

When the giant came to the village, the couple had already prepared the puppet and given it to the giant. However, as they were running away, they were spotted by the giant who pursued them.

As they were being chased, they came across a bamboo grove where a wise old man lived. The old man quickly devised a plan to help the couple. He gave them seven bamboo sticks and instructed them to place them in a row, causing the giant to trip and fall while chasing them.

The couple managed to escape and went back to their village. However, the giant was not pleased when he realized that he had been tricked and planned to seek revenge.

The Final Showdown

The giant came to the village again, demanding that the couple give him Timun Mas. This time, the couple knew they had to come up with a better plan. With the help of the wise old man, they managed to obtain a magical keris (sword) that could cut the giant’s head off.

As the giant was advancing towards them, the couple drew the keris and cut off his head. The body of the giant turned into stones and the villagers were overjoyed.

The Moral of the Story

This story teaches us valuable lessons about bravery and wisdom. It shows that even when faced with impossible situations, there is always a way out if one is brave enough to look for it.

It also teaches us that seeking the help of wise people, and being resourceful, can go a long way in overcoming challenges.


And that’s the end of the story of Timun Mas. It remains one of the most enduring and popular legends in Indonesian folklore. It’s a story that children and adults alike can enjoy and learn from, and it’s a testament to the power of storytelling to inspire and educate generations.

Thank you for reading this article, and I hope you have enjoyed it. Until next time, goodbye and we’ll see you soon with another exciting article!

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