The Untold Story of a Javanese Princess

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TALE OF A THOUSAND TEMPLES: The Untold Story of a Javanese Princess

The legend of Roro Jonggrang is a Javanese folktales about love and betrayal between a prince and a warrior, Bandung Bondowoso, and a princess, Roro Jonggrang. Roro Jonggrang agreed to marry Bandung Bondowoso on one condition: the prince must build a thousand temples in only one night. With the help from spirits from earth, the prince finished 999 temples before dawn and started the final one. The princess and her maids tried to trick the prince by litting the fire in the east and pounding rice, to make it look like dawn. The spirits fled leaving the temples unfinished. When he learned he was being fooled, the prince was furious and cursed the princess into a stone statue completing the thousandth temple.



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