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Janggala

by Micha F. Lindemans
In this Balinese folktale, there once was a childless couple who prayed intensely and were finally blessed with a son, except that their son was born with the head of a frog. When he grew up he dreamed of marrying a princess. One day he boldly approached the king and asked for one of his daughters in marriage. The king was outraged and ordered the frog-man killed. However, possessing supernatural powers, the frog-man destroyed all those who tried to harm him. Finally, the king relented and offered Dahawati to be his wife. She had been banished by her wicked stepmother and her three ugly stepsisters. After marrying Dahawati, the frog-man turned into a handsome man named Janggala. He and his wife became at some point king and queen.

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