9 months ago
"A myth is a way of making sense in a senseless world. Myths are narrative patterns that give significance to our existence."
The myth surrounding Kawah Ratu can be traced back in times when Prabu Siliwangi, the King of Hindu Pajajaran, reigned. Back then, the people of Sunda held a religious belief system of traditional Sundanese called Sunda Wiwitan.
Until Raden Kiansantang, one of his son converted to islam. On several occasion, he persuaded his father to convert as well. However, Prabu Siliwangi refused in order to honour his ancestral belief.
Prabu Siliwangi is said to have a close relationship with the ruler of South Java Sea: Kanjeng Ratu Kidul. For this reason, Kanjeng Ratu Kidul assigned Nyi Roro Kidul and some of her followers to guard him, not only from his enemies, but also from Islam. At the base of Mount Salak, it is believed that Prabu Siliwangi and his entire "Abdi Dalem" would rather "moksa"(disappear) than have to convert to Islam.
The followers of Kanjeng Ratu Kidul is believed to stay nearby the crater & at times manifesting themselves in the form of beautiful nymphs. Thus the crater is named the Crater of The Queen, a.k.a. Kawah Ratu 👸🏻
PS: The girl is @hari.abri. Not the mentioned guardian spirit 👻 at Kawah Ratu