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A Balinese Folktale: Green Frog  

by on Sunday, 22 July 2007No Comment | 1,522 views

There was once a prince of Daha who was so filled with magic power that even his urine must be saved for six weeks, only then when it was no longer dangerous might it be thrown away.

One day the prince was hunting in the forest he came to a lake where he made water. In this forest a young woman was gathering firewood she was very thirsty when she came to the pool she drank. At once she felt a burning sensation in her throat she felt something slide up into her mouth, across her tongue, to appear between her lips. It was a small green frog holding a pumpkin seed and she took it home to care for it as her son.

The frog told the woman to plant the seed and soon there was a vine with a handsome pumpkin. Green frog now said, ‘take this pumpkin to the court of Daha and say to the prince that I wish to marry his daughter,’ but when the woman appeared at the palace she was killed and her body thrown away in the forest. Green frog found her and brought her to life. This happened three times and the third time the prince consented.

All this time the princess was kept in the pigsty by her step mother. Her stepsister beat her every day she was very happy when they said she was to be married but when she found her husband was only a small green frog she began to weep.

Green frog was in despair he went to the forest and prayed to Siwa suddenly a great voice was heard telling him his skin would peel off like a jacket. Green frog removed his skin as he was told there he stood a youth of royal appearance.

He returned to the court and married the princes she fell in love with him the moment she saw him.

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