The Mesmerizing Tale of Keong Mas: Exploring the Indonesian Folk Legend

The Mesmerizing Tale of Keong Mas: Exploring the Indonesian Folk Legend


Hello PikiranMedia’s Friends! Are you ready to embark on a mesmerizing journey to the golden era of Indonesian folktales? Today, we will take you on a journey to explore the legend of Keong Mas.

The Story of Keong Mas

The tale of Keong Mas begins with the beautiful princess Dewi Limaran. She was the daughter of the king of Jenggala Kingdom, a powerful kingdom in ancient Indonesia. The princess was famous for her unmatched beauty and charming personality.

One day, the king of Jenggala received a proposal from the king of Kediri, a neighboring kingdom. King Kediri proposed that the two kingdoms should unite through the marriage of Prince Raden Inu and Princess Dewi Limaran.

The King of Jenggala agreed to the proposal, and the preparations for the royal wedding began. However, little did they know that the beautiful princess was already in love with another man, a young fisherman named Jaka Tarub.

On the day of her marriage, Dewi Limaran decided to elope with her lover, Jaka Tarub. They escaped to the nearby forest and lived there for several years, until Dewi Limaran gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Keong Mas.

The Transformation of Keong Mas

As Keong Mas grew up, she inherited her mother’s beauty and kindness. But, she had a unique feature- she had a golden snail shell on her back. The people in the nearby village were amazed by her beauty and the golden shell on her back. However, they did not know her true identity.

One day, a group of hunters came to the forest and discovered Keong Mas. They were amazed by her beauty and decided to capture her. Keong Mas was afraid and started running away from the hunters. She soon reached a lake and called out for her mother’s help. Dewi Limaran heard her daughter’s cry and appeared in front of the hunters. She begged them to let Keong Mas go, but the hunters refused and shot an arrow at Keong Mas.

The arrow hit the golden shell on Keong Mas’s back, and she miraculously transformed into a golden snail before the hunter’s eyes. The hunters were shocked and felt apologetic for their actions. From that day on, the gold snail became a symbol of peace, and the people in the nearby village started worshipping it.

The Moral of the Story

The legend of Keong Mas teaches us about the value of true love, courage, and sacrifice. It highlights that love knows no boundaries and can cross all social and cultural barriers. The story also emphasizes the importance of respecting and appreciating natural resources.

Today, Keong Mas’s legend lives on as one of the most popular and beloved folktales in Indonesia, symbolizing peace, love, and bravery.


As we come to the end of our journey, we hope that you enjoyed exploring the legend of Keong Mas. The tale reminds us that the golden era of Indonesian culture is rich in myths, legends, and folktales that have stood the test of time.

Stay tuned for more interesting stories from our rich cultural heritage. Goodbye for now, and we’ll see you on our next adventure.

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