The origins of Bandung, according to some locals, lie in the folk tale involving the beautiful Dayang Sumbi and Umang, a god in a dog’s body. Both of them lived in the beautiful land that is now Bandung.
The couple got married and Dayang Sumbi gave birth to a boy named Sangkuriang . But Umang’s peculiar physical form made the couple decide to keep the real identity of his father a secret.
One day, when Sangkuriang was already a boy, his mother told him she wanted to eat the heart of a deer and asked the boy to hunt deer in the forest.
And so Sangkuriang did, accompanied by the family’s loyal dog.
Luck was not with him that day as he searched everywhere yet could not find any deer.
Suddenly something crossed his mind. Evil voices whispered and tempted him to murder the loyal dog and take its heart out, thinking that his mother would not suspect or know the difference.
To fulfill his mother’s wish, he gave in to the temptation.
He went back home and presented the heart of the poor dog to his mother, who then cooked and ate it.
It was only then the beautiful princess realized that the loyal dog was no longer present. She asked about the dog and Sangkuriang lied, telling her that the poor animal was attacked by another beast and did not survive.
But a mother knows when a son is telling a lie and soon his crime was uncovered. She was furious because Sangkuriang had actually killed his own father and out of her anger, she threw the wooden spoon so hard that it scarred the boy’s forehead. She asked him to leave and to never return again.
Years passed until one day, the now grown up and handsome Sangkuriang met a striking woman and asked her to become his bride.
The woman, who was actually his mother Dayang Sumbi, was mesmerized by the charming young man and agreed to give her hand in marriage. She was unaware that it was her own son until she accidentally found the subtle scar on his forehead.
To break off the marriage, Dayang Sumbi made the a condition that Sangkuriang had to build a dam and a boat in one night before the rooster crows for them to sail away together after they were married.
Blinded by love, Sangkuriang agreed and began to work using his magical powers. The night was still young but Sangkuriang was nearly finished.
Dayang Sumbi, worried he might succeed, tricked the rooster with a mirror and lights into thinking that it was already morning and the sun has risen and the rooster started to crow.
The deal was off. Sangkuriang was devastated and, angry at his own failure, he kicked the boat so hard that it turned upside down, hit a nearby dam and broke it.
The water leaked and dried. The dried land is now known as Bandung, which name came from the word “bendungan” (dam) and the upside down boat is now the famous Gunung Tangkuban Perahu (the upside-down boat) mountain.
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