Dongeng dari Banten (A Tale from Banten)

 

Di dalam rumah, ibunya bertanya kepada Sri Poh Haci, “Mengapa permainan memukul lesungmu selesai lebih cepat dari biasanya?” Sri Poh Haci lalu menceritakan bahwa di luar ada seorang lelaki tampan yang belum pernah dilihatnya. “Laki-laki itu memperhatikanku terus. Aku jadi malu, Bu,” kata Sri Poh Haci. (Inside the house, her mother asked Sri Poh Haci, “Why does your sounding the mortar activity end earlier than usual?” Then Sri Poh Haci told her that there was a handsome man who she had never seen before standing outside. “The guy kept watching me. I felt so ashamed, Mom,” said Sri Poh Haci.)

Sesaat kemudian, terdengar suara ketukan pintu. “Sampurasun,” kata orang yang mengetuk pintu itu. “Rampes,” jawab Nyi Siti, ibunya Sri Poh Haci seraya berjalan menuju pintu dan membukanya perlahan. (A moment later, there was a knock on the door. “Sampurasun,” said the man who knocked on the door. “Rampes,” answered Nyi Siti, Sri Poh Haci’s mother as she walked toward the door and opened it slowly.)

Dilihatnya seorang pemuda yang tampan berdiri di depan pintu. “Maaf mengganggu. Bolehkah saya menginap di rumah ini?” tanya pemuda itu. (She saw a handsome young man stood up at the door. “Sorry to interrupt. Can I stay in this house?” he asked.)

Nyi Siti tentu saja kaget mendengar permintaan dari orang yang tak dikenalnya itu. “Kisanak ini siapa? Dari mana asalnya? Mengapa pula hendak menginap disini? Saya bahkan tidak mengenalmu,” kata Nyi Siti seraya menutup pintu. (Nyi Siti certainly surprised to hear such a request from the stranger. “Kisanak, who are you? Where are you from? Why would you want to stay here? I don’t even know you,” said Nyi Siti as she closed the door.)

Karena tidak diperbolehkan menginap, Raden Budog pun menuju bale-bale tak jauh dari rumah Nyi Siti. (Because he wasn’t allowed to stay, Raden Budog headed to a bale-bale not far from Nyi Siti’s house.)

Keesokan harinya, Raden Budog terbangun karena mencium aroma kopi. Mata Raden Budog langsung terbelalak ketika melihat seorang gadis cantik menyuguhkan secangkir kopi hangat padanya. (The next day, Raden Budog awakened by the smell of coffee. Raden Budog’s eyes were startled when he saw a beautiful girl serving him a cup of hot coffee.)

Mereka pun berkenalan satu sama lain dan mengobrol riang. Tak berapa lama, Raden Budog dan Sri Poh Haci menikah walaupun Nyi Siti kurang menyukainya. (They were acquainted with each other and chatted happily. Not long after, Raden Budog and Sri Poh Haci got married even though Nyi Siti didn’t really like him.)

Walau sudah menikah, Sri Poh Haci tetap menabuh lesung bersama teman-temannya. Raden Budog pun setiap hari menabuh lesung walau sudah diperingatkan kalau pada hari Jumat tidak diperbolehkan. Raden Budog tetap keras kepala dan menabuh lesung sambil melompat kesana kemari. (Although she was already married, Sri Poh Haci still sounded the mortar with her friends. Raden Budog sounded the mortar every day even though he had been warned that he shouldn’t do it on Friday. Raden Budog remained stubborn and beat the mortar as he jumped around.)

Penduduk pun berteriak-teriak, “Ada Lutung memukul lesung.. ada Lutung memukul lesung!” Raden Budog baru menyadari kalau seluruh tubuhnya ditumbuhi bulu dan ia telah menjelma menjadi seekor Lutung (monyet). (The residents shouted, “There’s a monkey hitting a mortar.. There’s a monkey hitting a mortar!” Raden Budog realized that his whole body was covered with furs and he was transformed into a monkey.)

Melihat suaminya menjadi seekor Lutung, Sri Poh Haci sangat malu. Diam-diam ia meninggalkan kampong. Konon Sri Poh Haci menjelma menjadi Dewi Padi. (Seeing her husband was transformed into a monkey, Sri Poh Haci felt very embarrassed. She quietly left the village. It was believed that Sri Poh Haci was transformed into the Goddess of Rice.)

Sejak saat itu, kampung Lesung yang berada di sebuah tanjung itu dikenal sebagai Tanjung Lesung. (Since then, the Lesung village that was located on a cape is known as the Lesung Cape. )

(Tamat/ End)

Cerita: JFK    Ilustrasi: JFK

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