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“Minten Edan”: Crazy in Love, and I Go Crazy

Minten – love drove her crazy

Love me, love me, say that you love me.

Fool me, fool me, go on and fool me.

 ~The Cardigans – Lovefool

 

*To read in Indonesian, see below.

“Minten Edan”—originally “Suminten Edan”, is a folklore from East Java; the story has grown in the area around Trenggalek, Ponorogo, and Kediri. There are several versions of the story, but all has the same main theme—one-way love that drives human crazy.

The story began with a young girl named Suminten—familiarly called Minten, the daughter of Warok (East Javanese term for informal leader; often with special metaphysic strength) Secadarma. She was falling deeply in love with Raden Mas Subrata—also called Mas Broto, the son of Adipati Bratakusuma—the Regent of Trenggalek.

Poor Minten, Mas Broto did not love her back. (Other version mentioned that the two were actually getting married, but the wedding was then canceled for some reasons). Indeed, Mas Broto fell in love with Cempluk Warsiyah—the charming daughter of Warok Suramenggala. Soon after, Mas Broto married Cempluk Warsiyah.

Broken-hearted, Minten tried anything she could to get Mas Broto into her arms. (Other version did not include this part). Using black magic, she tried to attract the handsome man. Too bad for her, the black magic did not work well. Mas Broto paid no attention to her, and instead kept on going strong with his wife.

This broke Minten’s heart into pieces. She had no idea what to do; she could only live in her dreams of having Mas Broto in her arms. Enough said, dreams were only dreams, no matter how real they might appear. Minten eventually lost her mind; she lost all of senses to the reality. Minten, who firstly was crazy in love, now became crazy, literally.

* * *

Minten cried on her father’s shoulder

 

Mas Broto and Cempluk Warsiyah

 

Mas Broto and Cempluk Warsiyah

 

Mas Broto and Cempluk Warsiyah

 

The fight between Warok Secadarma and Warok Suramenggala

 

“Minten Edan”—aslinya “Suminten Edan”, adalah sebuah cerita rakyat dari Jawa Timur; kisah ini melegenda di sekitar daerah Trenggalek, Ponorogo, dan Kediri. Ada beberapa versi cerita, namun intinya sama—cinta bertepuk sebelah tangan yang membuat manusia jadi gila.

Kisah ini diawali dengan Suminten—atau dikenal juga dengan sebutan Minten, putri Warok (sebutan untuk tokoh ternama di Jawa timur; warok seringkali memiliki ilmu atau kesaktian khusus) Secadarma. Minten jatuh hati pada Raden Mas Subrata—atau dikenal juga sebagai Mas Broto, putra Adipati Bratakusuma—Bupati Trenggalek.

Sayangnya, Mas Broto tak membalas cinta Minten. (Versi lain menyebutkan bahwa sebenarnya Mas Broto dan Minten sudah akan menikah, namun pernikahan tersebut gagal karena suatu sebab.) Justru, ia jatuh hati pada Cempluk Warsiyah—gadis cantik putri Warok Suramenggala. Singkat cerita, Mas Broto pun menikahi Cempluk Warsiyah.

Minten jelas patah hati, namun ia masih berusaha dengan segala cara untuk mendapatkan hati Mas Broto. (Dalam versi lain, bagian ini tidak disebutkan.) Minten pun menggunakan ilmu hitam untuk menggaet Mas Broto. Sayang, usaha ini tak berhasil. Mas Broto tak jua membalas cintanya; justru pria itu tetap bertahan pada istrinya.

Hati Minten pun hancur berkeping-keping. Ia tak tahu lagi apa yang harus dilakukan; ia hanya bisa bermimpi memiliki Mas Broto. Namun, mimpi tetaplah hanya mimpi, walau mungkin tampak sangat nyata.

Untung tak dapat diraih, malang tak dapat ditolak; Minten pun kehilangan akal sehatnya. Ia yang mulanya tergila-gila pada Mas Broto, kini jadi gila betulan.

 

Minten trying to get Mas Broto into her arms

 

Minten seducing Mas Broto

 

Minten seducing Mas Broto

 

Minten’s black magic failed; resulted in only dreams

 

Minten kept on dreaming and dreaming of having Mas Broto in her arms

 

Poor Minten; crazy in love and became literally crazy

*From the  Javanese dance-drama performance “Minten Edan” by the 2011/2012 students of Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan 1 Kasihan Bantul (Vocational High School 1 Kasihan Bantul); performed at Taman Budaya Yogyakarta (Yogyakarta Cultural Stage) – 15 Marchl 2012.

3 responses

  1. Loved all your shots, they looked so great!

    May 4, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    • thanks very much.. hope you like the other stage photos.🙂

      May 5, 2012 at 5:49 am

  2. cool, photos and the story is really really good.

    May 5, 2012 at 8:57 am

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