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Indonesian Folklore

Indonesian Folklore can be described as Indonesian traditional art, literature, knowledge, and practices that are passed on in large part through oral communication and example.

Folktales are a part of folklore. Indonesian Folktales were told orally through many generations. The stories has not been proven to be real or not. These tales are part of their background and their daily lives. (Read more)

We can find moral of the story of Bawang Merah and Bawang Putih. We can also learn about the name of Cianjur City come from Ci means water and anjur from the word anjuran. It means suggestion.

By keeping these old folktales alive, the next generations will know the stories and learn the wonderful meanings behind them.

Animal Stories

Kancil or Mouse Deer is one of the most popular animal story in Indonesian Folklore. Mouse deer usually portrayed as a clever animal that tricked other animals to fulfill its needs.

Other famous tale is Keong Mas or Golden Snail, The Golden Snail theatre at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is one of the best theatre in Indonesia.

The mythical animal such as Dragon and Garuda. Garuda is the national symbol of Indonesia.

Other animal originally from this country such as Komodo Dragon and Javanese Tiger also part of Indonesian Folklore. Read More>>

The Legend of Ruai Bird

 

 

Keong Mas theater
Keong Emas Imax Theatre, TMII (photo source: apecovop.org)

Sun and Moon

Jangga Hatuen Bulan

The Curse of Joko Bandung

 

Flowers

The Legend of Lotus

The Legend of Kemuning Flower

 

City, Kingdoms and Temples

The Legend of Jambi Kingdom

A Test for the King

Princess Tandampalik

The Story of Pari Temple

Cianjur

The Legend of Surabaya

Prince Pade Gelang

Islands, Mountains, Rocks and Caves

The Legend of Senua Island

The Legend of Nusa Island

The Legend of Kemaro Island

The Legend of Pinang Mountain

Ki Semar and Slamet Mountain

Rivers, Lakes and Ponds

The Legend of Laut Tawar Lake

Telaga Warna

The Legend of Blue Pond

 

Folklore from Provinces of Indonesia

Folklore from Bali

Folklore from Bangka Belitung

Folklore from Banten

Folklore from Batam

Folklore from Bengkulu

Folklore from Nangroe Aceh Darussalam

 

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