The legend of Sangkuriang is indeed closely related to his forbidden love. However, unlike the one in Tangkuban Parahu Sukabumi, there is no such story.
An old, unkempt board stands on the side of the road leading to the center of Palabuhanratu City, the capital of Sukabumi Regency. On the board is written CA (Nature Reserve) Tangkuban Parahu Area 22 HA (Hectare).
At the top of the board was written the name of the Ministry of Forestry with almost all of the paint on the board also peeling off. There is a sense of coldness when passing through the area in the scorching heat of Palabuhanratu, which is a small town with a wide stretch of coastline.
“The name is Tangkuban Parahu, because from the past people have called it that. There is a hill whose position is similar to an upside down boat (nangkub), but there is no story or legend of Sangkuriang or anything just because maybe the location is in an area near fishing activities, so it is called tangkuban boat,” said Adang Suhendi (60), a resident of Palabuhanratu.
The legend of Sangkuriang is closely related to the existence of Mount Tangkuban Perahu which is located in Cikahuripan, Lembang District, West Bandung Regency.
Mount Tangkuban Parahu, Palabuhanratu, Sukabumi (Photo: Syahdan Alamsyah/detikJabar)
Where is closely related to the story of Sangkuriang’s forbidden love for his mother named Dayang Sumbi which leads to a mountain position which is also similar to an upside down boat.
“If the naming of Tangkuban Perahu has existed from ancient times, there are no special characteristics, only from when it was designated as a Nature Reserve area. Not just anyone can move in that location,” continued Adang.
From a historical perspective, Tangkuban Parahu is known to have been visited by the 18th Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies, Abraham van Riebeeck, who ruled from October 18, 1653 to November 17, 1713.
“Van Riebeeck, the Governor-General, who had visited Palabuhanratu and formed a fort there, around 1711. Actually there was nothing there, but in historical literature there is (written) mention of Tangkuban Parahu Palabuhanratu,” said Irman Firmansyah, an observer of the history of Kesukabumian from the Dapuran Foundation. Kipahare.
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