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A Balinese Folktale: War Between Badung and Buleleng  

by on Sunday, 2 September 2007No Comment | 1,255 views

The king of Mengwi was very upset since the southern part of his kingdom was taken by the king of Badung, I Gusti Ngurah Pemecutan. The king of Mengwi asked the king of Buleleng, I Gusti Ngurah Panji Sakti to conquer the kingdom of Badung. The king of Buleleng boasted, ‘the kingdom of Badung is nothing more than a hen roost, I can destroy it with only a flip of my cloth.

On a certain auspicious day, Buleleng’s troops, known as ‘the crows’ set off to the kingdom of Badung. The Buleleng troops made a halt in an area called Tainsiat, northeast of the Badung palace.

Knowing his territory had been invaded the king of Badung sent his troops, known as ‘the eagles’ to engage the enemies. A terrible battle ensued between ‘the crows’ and ‘the eagles’, most of ‘the eagles’ were slain; their blood flowed with the stream and changed its color. Realizing their heavy lost, the remains of ‘the eagles’ retreated from the battle field to report the lost to the king in the palace, but the king of Badung had set off to the battle field, they met him on the way near the battle field.

The king of Badung, upon hearing the bad news from his ‘eagles’, ordered ‘the eagles’ to go to the rice fields and take as many mud as possible. ‘The eagles’ back to the battle field and a ferocious battle ensued. ‘The eagles’ threw the mud to ‘the crows’ eyes, and slew their temporary-blinded enemies, ‘the crows’ retreated. Upon seeing the lost of his ‘crows’, the king of Buleleng, I Gusti Ngurah Panji Sakti challenged the king of Badung, I Gusti Ngurah Pemecutan to fight. They fought for hours, stabbed each other with spears and kris (wavy dagger), cut each other with swords but no wound inflicted to both of the fighters. They were equally invincible. After fighting for hours, finally, they were exhausted then a magical voice was heard from the sky, it was the voice of goddess of Lake Batur. She said, “oh, my sons, I Gusti Ngurah Panji Sakti and I Gusti Ngurah Pemecutan stop the fight, if you continue this fight even for a year there will be no winner, since both of you have a same boon, a boon from me so both of you have a same power and invincibleness. Be a brother and help each other from now on”. The battle was stopped.

The king Buleleng, I Gusti Ngurah Panji Sakti said, “oh my younger brother, I Gusti Ngurah Pemecutan, we were advised by the goddess to stop the battle since we have the same boon. From now on I will not dare to you and you will not dare to me, there will be no war again between Buleleng and Badung. Since my name is I Gusti Ngurah Panji Sakti, from now on I name you I Gusti Ngurah Pemecutan Sakti (the word ‘sakti’ means magically powerful). Now I will be back to Den Bukit, may you always be safe”. The king of Badung agreed and said good bye to his new brother.

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