Story of Aji Saka and Dewata Cengkar
Many, many years ago, the kingdom of Medangkamulan was ruled by a king
named Dewata-chengkar. This king had a strange and frightening habit. He
liked to eat human beings.
One day, a young traveler arrived in the kingdom.He was called Ajisaka.
Ajisaka took shelter in the house of a widow who quickly came to look
upon the young man as her own son. When he heard of the king's strange
appetite, Ajisaka sympathized with the villagers' plight and immediately
volunteered to become the king's next meal.
Ajisaka went directly to the king's palace.“I am willing to be your next
meal. Your Highnees. However, I have a request.“ said Aji Saka to the
king. “Whatever you please, young man, I will grant your request,“ the
king replied. “Before you eat me, grant me some land. Just enough length
of my own headcloth.“ continued Aji Saka. “Come, Young Man. Let's
measure your headcloth so that I can have my meal and you can have your
land“ agreed the king.
Ajisaka began to unwrap the cloth tied around his head. The king got
down from his throne and hold one end of the headcloth. He stepped
backward. What he didn't know was that this headcloth was much longer.
The king kept going backward, step by step, as the cloth kept
unraveling. He stepped backward through the palace square, backward
across the village, holding the end of Ajisaka's headcloth. The king
kept stepping backward until reached the sea cliftts of the sea.
A great crowd of people had gathered. They held their breath as their
king took his final step backward over the cliff's edge and plunged into
the waves crashing againts the rocks at the foot of the sea wall.