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Tangkuban Perahu

Asal-usul Gunung Tangkuban Parahu dikaitkan dengan legenda Sangkuriang, yang dikisahkan jatuh cinta kepada ibunya, Dayang Sumbi. Untuk menggagalkan niat anaknya menikahinya, Dayang Sumbi mengajukan syarat supaya Sangkuriang membuat perahu dalam semalam. Ketika usahanya gagal, Sangkuriang marah dan menendang perahu itu, sehingga mendarat dalam keadaan terbalik. Perahu inilah yang kemudian membentuk Gunung Tangkuban Parahu.

Gunung Tangkuban Parahu ini termasuk gunung api aktif yang statusnya diawasi terus oleh Direktorat Vulkanologi Indonesia. Beberapa kawahnya masih menunjukkan tanda tanda keaktifan gunung ini. Di antara tanda gunung berapi ini adalah munculnya gas belerang dan sumber-sumber air panas di kaki gunung nya di antaranya adalah di kasawan Ciater, Subang. Keberadaan gunung ini serta bentuk topografi Bandung yang berupa cekungan dengan bukit dan gunung di setiap sisinya menguatkan teori keberadaan sebuah telaga (kawah) besar yang kini merupakan kawasan Bandung. Diyakini oleh para ahli geologi bahwa kawasan dataran tinggi Bandung dengan ketinggian kurang lebih 709 m di atas permukaan laut merupakan sisa dari letusan gunung api purba yang dikenal sebagai Gunung Sunda dan Gunung Tangkuban Parahu merupakan sisa Gunung Sunda purba yang masih aktif.

Fenomena seperti ini dapat dilihat pada Gunung Krakatau di Selat Sunda dan kawasan Ngorongoro di Tanzania, Afrika. Sehingga legenda Sangkuriang yang merupakan cerita masyarakat kawasan itu diyakini merupakan sebuah dokumentasi masyarakat kawasan Gunung sunda purba terhadap peristiwa pada saat itu.

The name translates roughly to "upturning of (a) boat" or "upturned boat" in Sundanese, referring to the local legend of its creation. The story tells of "Dayang Sumbi", a beauty who lived in West Java. She cast away her son "Sangkuriang" for disobedience, and in her sadness was granted the power of eternal youth by the gods. After many years in exile, Sangkuriang decided to return to his home, long after the two had forgotten and failed to recognize each other. Sangkuriang fell in love with Dayang Sumbi and planned to marry her, only for Dayang Sumbi to recognize his birthmark just as he was about to go hunting. 

In order to prevent the marriage from taking place, Dayang Sumbi asked Sangkuriang to build a dam on the river Citarum and to build a large boat to cross the river, both before the sunrise. Sangkuriang meditated and summoned mythical ogre-like creatures -buta hejo or green giant(s)- to do his bidding. Dayang Sumbi saw that the tasks were almost completed and called on her workers to spread red silk cloths east of the city, to give the impression of impending sunrise. Sangkuriang was fooled, and upon believing that he had failed, kicked the dam and the unfinished boat, resulting in severe flooding and the creation of Tangkuban Perahu from the hull of the boat. A study conducted in 2001 determined that Tangkuban Perahu has erupted at least 30 times in the previous 40,750 years.

Studies of the tephra layers within 3 km of the crater revealed that twenty one were minor eruptions and the remaining nine were major eruptions. The eruptions that occurred prior to approximately 10,000 years ago were magmatic/phreatomagmatic. The eruptions that occurred after 10,000 years ago were phreatic."

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