Embellishment of The Rice Goddess:
Beautiful maidens slid down the rainbow to play in an earthy pond on Mount Kramat in Java. They took off their heavenly clothing and hung them on the bushes. They chattered and laughed, swam, danced, and ate heavenly nectar and rice.
Noticing the sunset, they jumped from the pool to put on their clothing. One Heavenly Maiden frantically looked everywhere. She pleaded with her friends, "Please, stay while I find my clothing. The air is cold here. Please, don’t leave me all alone. I’m scared."
The others had to go or trapped on earth. She sobbed; she moaned. “Please, please stay.”
They left her hiding, scared. The maiden grabbed leaves to wrap around herself to keep warm. She saw a young man; he had a cloth full of wood on his back.
“Oh, please, dear lad, help me. My clothes are missing.” As he approached, he seemed gentle, reliable, and concerned. “I live down this lane. I will ask my grandma for some clothes for a young maid stranded in these woods.”
The Heavenly Maiden waited in the cold dark, frightened, wondering what was to become of her. She wailed, cuddling in dry leaves for warmth. Coming up the lane, she recognized the young man. He brought his grandma.
“What is a young maiden doing here?”
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