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The Javanese Legend of "Nyai Roro Kidul"

The Javanese Legend of "Nyai Roro Kidul"

The land jutting into the ocean off South Java witnessed the development of the legend of Nyi Roro Kidul. Nyi Roro Kidul or often called Nyi Roro Kidul, also called Kanjeng Ratu Kidul, has a long story. in writing enshrined in the Babad Tanah Jawi containing important agreements between the First Mataram King, Panembahan Senopati and Nyi Roro Kidul.


Nyi Roro Kidul Story


As the legend of Nyi Roro Kidul, there lived a princess named Kadita. This is his first name. Kadita is the daughter of a king named Munding Wangi. Parasnya ayu, this made him dubbed the Goddess Srengenge which means 'beautiful sun'. As a king, his father wanted a son to continue the throne. This is not the reason for Munding Wangi not wanting Kadita. Kadita remains a beloved daughter.

Munding Wangi remarried Dewi Mutiara and had a son. Stepmother could not accept that the full love of Munding Wangi remained poured out for Kadita. until finally, in the legend of Nyi Roro Kidul, Kadita was not wanted by her stepmother. Dewi Mutiara ordered smart people to make Kadita's body smell and full of scabies. According to him, this method can make Kadita shunned by one kingdom.

the goddess Mutiara succeeded, all over the country talking about the smelly and mangy daughter of the King. Several rebellions occurred until the King agreed to his wife's proposal to alienate Kadita on the South Coast. Kadita chose her own trip to the South Sea. He refused to be delivered by the King.

the legend of Nyi Roro Kidul starts here. Kidul means south, Kadita's journey to the South Sea is taken seven days and seven nights. The sea is lonely and blue it looks closely. He swam to the natural splendor of the South Sea. Ocean saltwater heals all the wounds on his body. Itching and scabies disappear slowly. Kadita's days are increasingly fused with the tidal waves and the tides of the South Sea. Until he was nicknamed Nyi Roro Kidul or Queen of the South Coast.

Nyi Roro Kidul Story


the legend of Nyi Roro Kidul also became the belief of every layer of society. Not only around the South Coast, but almost the entire archipelago agrees its existence. The First Mataram King, Panembahan Senopati is said to have had an agreement with Nyi Roro Kidul. when famine and war broke out, the Mataram Kingdom could not cope with the attack on the Kingdom of Pajang. He made an agreement with Nyi Roro Kidul to always maintain the safety of his people. The agreement seemed to be approved. nyi Roro Kidul promised to guard the Kingdom of Mataram to the King of Mataram Nine. Based on the beliefs of the people of Yogyakarta, the meeting of the King and Queen of South was at Parangkusumo Beach.

based on the legend of Nyi Roro Kidul, the community believes that when visiting the South Coast area it is not permissible to wear green clothes. Green is the color of clothing worn by the Queen of the South Coast. This color marks the arrival of above sea waves.

no doubt if found several places that became the gateway to the South Sea Kingdom. Among other things at Parangkusumo Beach, Yogyakarta; Paranggupito Beach, Wonogiri; Inna Samudera Hotel, Pelabuhan Ratu and several other places. In these three places rituals are held on certain evenings. the legend of Nyi Roro Kidul also coincides with the daily practices of the community, such as the ritual of 'blessing blessings' or seeking blessings from the rulers of the South Sea.