Once upon a time in Central Java, there was a poor widow named Mbok Srini who lived alone in her small house. She felt so lonely that she prayed to God to bless her with a child. Then, she had an odd dream. In her dream, she dreamt that she was walking towards a forest near her house, looking for something. Then she saw a white cloth lying on the ground. She bent down to try to open it, but suddenly she woke up from her dream.
Curious, she decided to go into the forest right after she opened her eyes. She walked and looked around. To her surprise, her eyes laid on a piece of cloth that was identical to her dream. She slowly walked towards the cloth when she suddenly heard a monstrous laughter.
“HA! HA! HA! Open it!” he ordered. Afraid and confused at the same time, Mbok Srini was hesitant.
“Go ahead! What are you waiting for?” said Buto Ijo, the green monster.
Mbok Srini opened that piece of cloth and saw some seeds. Buto Ijo then said, “Plant those seeds and a daughter you will have. You want a daughter, right?”
“Yes! Yes! I really want to have a daughter! I will plant these seeds and take care of them,” she replied.
“But with one condition, you must nurture the child until she is fully grown, then, you must give the child back to me,” he said.
Eager to have a child, Mbok Srini agreed to Butho Ijo's deal without considering the Buto Ijo’s rule. She went home and plant her new seeds. Two months later, a baby was born. She named the baby girl, Timun Mas, which in Javanese means the "Golden Cucumber".
As time passed by, Timun Mas grew to be a beautiful girl. Just a week before Timun Mas’ 17th birthday, Butho Ijo appeared in front of Mbok Srini's house and reminded her about her promise. Mbok Srini panicked and ran to the mountains to seek some help. There she met a hermit. She told the hermit everything. Then, the old hermit gave her a bag. There were four things inside it that could be used to protect her from Buto Ijo. Mbok Srini returned home and told Timun Mas about what the hermit said but alas, the day finally came. The day when Butho Ijo arrived at Mbok Srini's house to take Timun Mas as Mbok Srini had promised.
“Mbok Srini! Where are you? Come out now! I come here to take what’s mine! HA! HA! HA!” the Giant said, but Mbok Srini refused. She protected Timun Mas with all her might.
Mbok Srini ordered Timun Mas to run into the forest. The giant was furious. He destroyed Mbok Srini's house before catching Timun Mas. In distress, Timun Mas opened her bag and took out a bunch of cucumber seeds and spread the seeds behind her. Suddenly, a large cucumber vine appeared and strangled the giant's body, but that wasn’t enough to stop the giant. He was able to entangle himself out of it.
She then spread the second object from her bag, which was a bunch of needles. They transformed into a group of bamboos with sharp ends. The bamboos wounded the giant badly but again, it wasn’t enough. The giant escaped.
After that, she opened her bag and spread the third object, which was salt. An earthquake happened. A massive wave of water rose from the ground. However, it still wasn't enough to defeat the giant. He swam through it.
So desperately, Timun Mas threw the last thing, and it happened to be a shrimp paste. It then transformed the ground into a sea of boiling volcanic mud. Buto Ijo was sucked into it. Finally, he drowned slowly and died.
Timun Mas finally survived and returned to her mother, Mbok Srini, and they lived happily ever after.
Why did Timun Mas throw the things which were given by the old hermit?
To protect her from wild animals.
To protect her from Buto Ijo.
To make the plants grow.
To be a hermit.
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Timun Mas melemparkan barang-barang yang diberikan oleh seorang pertapa untuk mengusir Buto Ijo. Hal ini dapat dilihat pada kalimat, “There were four things inside it that could be used to protect her from Buto Ijo.”
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