The Jombang Taste shares the folklore of West Java today. In ancient times, there was a husband and wife living in the Tasikmalaya area of West Java Province. Their life is quite peaceful and happy. One day they found a little tiger whose mother had died.
The tiger was raised by them, educated and treated like a member of their own family. It turned out that the tiger knew himself, he obeyed the husband and wife. The tiger grew big, he was smart and agile. The tiger was called the Loreng.
West Javanese folklore suggests that the Loreng relationship with the husband and wife were so close that he could understand the words spoken by the husband and wife. If he is told, he must obey and carry out the commands of husband and wife properly. The husband and wife who work as farmers are happier.
When their child was born, a happy and healthy baby boy. This is the happy time they have been waiting for for a long time. When they go to work in the fields, the baby is left at home. The Loreng was assigned to keep the baby safe. This went on for several months.
The husband and wife love the Loreng because the animal can be trusted to keep their child safe. Until there was a hot afternoon, the farmer’s wife went to the fields to send food to her husband. Seeing her arrival, the husband immediately stopped his work. He immediately went to his wife on the hedge. There the husband devours the food served by his wife.
Just finished eating and drinking, suddenly they heard the sound of the Loreng grin. The Loreng seemed to run helter-skelter past the rice fields and towards the hedge. The Loreng wagged his tail gently and repeatedly while rubbing his body against the husband and wife.
“Kakang, why is the Loreng acting unusual?” Asked Sang
“Yes, my wife … very strange. What’s the matter?” replied the husband.
“Kakang! Look ..!” shouted the wife, “The Striped’s mouth is full of blood!” The husband gasped in surprise, the Loreng’s mouth was covered in fresh blood.
“Striped …?” said the husband, “lest you have pounced on my son. You have killed my son!”
The Loreng shook his head. So that the blood in his mouth was scattered, the husband was suddenly filled with anger. He immediately drew his machete and cut off the head of the Loreng! The tale of this loyal tiger legend is colored by the tragic story of the end of his life.
The origins of the Blaming Village
West Java folklore states that Si Loreng did not expect to be attacked and did not have time to dodge, the tiger groaned in pain. He did not fight back, only a pair of eyes looked towards the husband and wife with great curiosity. Since the animal was not dead, the husband immediately swung his machete in anger up to three times, breaking the Loreng’s neck from his body. The beast died in a pathetic manner.
“Kakang! Hurry we go home!”
They immediately ran to his house. Arriving at the house, they found their son still in the swing. The baby seemed sound asleep. He felt his son’s body, shook his body. The baby woke up and smiled at the arrival of his parents. Both husband and wife are grateful that their baby is safe and alive.
Satisfied with staring at their babies and feeling relieved for their safety, they now looked around, glancing around the room. Their attention is focused on the spot around the child’s lower swing. They found the carcass of an enormous snake covered in blood lying under a swing.
Both husband and wife realized that the Loreng had contributed to saving his son’s soul from danger, namely from the attack of a large snake. The husband and wife were very sorry, especially the husband, because he had hastily killed his favorite tiger. This was done because he was wrong guessing. In Sundanese “guess wrong” is called nyALAH. Thus the folklore of West Java mentions the legend of this loyal tiger from Tasikmalaya.
To commemorate this incident, the husband and wife’s residence was called “Blame”. Over time, Blame became more populated and became a busy village.
According to the belief of those from the village of Penyatuh, until now any weapon has not been able to kill a tiger. This happened because in the village of Penyatuh, an innocent tiger was killed because of a wrong guess. The moral message of this West Java folklore teaches us not to act rashly, think carefully before taking actions that will later be tested.
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