Dongeng dari Jambi (Tales from Jambi)
Di sebuah desa di daerah Jambi, tinggallah Puteri Tangguk bersama adik perempuannya. Mereka memiliki sawah yang luas dengan hasil melimpah! (In a village in ​​Jambi, there lived Princess Tangguk and her sister. They own a huge rice fields with overflowing harvest!)

Suatu hari, “Adikku, ada yang mencuri beras kita!” seru Puteri Tangguk. “Tidak ada yang mencurinya, Kak. Aku berikan beras simpanan itu kepada seorang pengembara dari desa lain. Kasihan sekali, mereka mengalami gagal panen,” kata Adiknya. (One day, “My sister, someone has stolen our rice!” exclaims Princess Tangguk. “No one has stolen it, sister. I gave it to a wanderer from another village. What a pity, their harvest fails,” says her sister.)

“Aku sudah bersusah payah mengumpulkan hasil panen, dan orang lain yang tanpa bekerja, mendapatkannya juga? Aku akan meminta beras itu kembali!” seru Puteri Tangguk. (“I’ve worked hard to collect the harvest, and other who doesn’t work gets it too? I’ll ask him back for the rice,” exclaims Princess Tangguk.)

Puteri Tangguk mengejar si pengembara dan meminta beras itu kembali!  (Princess Tangguk chases the wanderer and asks him back for the rice!)

Dalam perjalanan pulang, ternyata turun hujan! Jalan yang dilalui Puteri Tangguk di tengah sawah menjadi sangat licin. Berulang kali dia terpeleset. (On her way home, the rain fell! The road in the middle of the rice fields that was passed by Princess Tangguk became very slippery. She got slipped several times.)

“Menyebalkan sekali! Oh, aku punya ide yang bagus!” seru Puteri Tangguk. Puteri Tangguk lalu menyebarkan beras yang dibawanya ke tanah! “Nah, dengan begini, aku tidak lagi terpeleset!” kata Puteri Tangguk puas. (“This isn’t good! Oh, I’ve got a great idea!” exclaims Princess Tangguk. Then Princess Tangguk spread the rice to the ground! “Well, this way I won’t get slipped anymore!” says Princess Tangguk satisfied.)

Malam harinya, Puteri Tangguk bermimpi. Di mimpinya, para pemudi cantik dan pemuda tampan menghampirinya. Pakaian mereka putih bersih. Tapi wajah mereka sangat sedih. (At night, Princess Tangguk had a dream. In her dream, there were beautiful ladies and handsome young men approaching her. Their clothes were white. But their faces looked very sad.)

Seorang pemudi cantik berkata, “Wahai Puteri Tangguk! Kami adalah beras yang tidak mau kau berikan pada si pengembara…” Lalu seorang pemuda tampan berseru, “Tetapi malah kau injak-injak!” “Jika kau tidak memperbaiki sifatmu, kami tidak akan lagi tinggal di sawahmu!” Mereka berseru bersama, lalu menghilang meninggalkan Puteri Tangguk yang bangun dengan ketakutan!
(A beautiful lady said, “O Princess Tangguk! We are the rice that you didn’t want to give to the wanderer…” Then a handsome young man exclaimed, “You stepped on us instead!” “If you don’t improve your character, we won’t stay in your fields anymore!” cries them together and disappears leaving Princess Tangguk awaken with fear!)

Sejak saat itu, Puteri Tangguk berubah. Ia sangat menghargai hasil panennya. Ia juga berkeliling dengan Adiknya, mencari orang yang kekurangan, dan membagikan hasil panen mereka yang melimpah! (Since then, Princess Tangguk was changed. She appreciated her crops. She went around with her sister to look for the poor and share with them the abundant harvest!)

 

 

Cerita: Seruni    Ilustrasi: JFK   Translator: JFK

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