Sacred shawls of the Toba Batak
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Published by University Microfilms International in Ann Arbor, Mich .
Written in English


  • Shawls -- Indonesia -- Sumatra.,
  • Toba-Batak (Indonesian people) -- Costume.,
  • Toba-Batak (Indonesian people) -- Social life and customs.,
  • Indonesia -- Social life and customs.

Book details:

Edition Notes

Statementby Muriel Anne Myers.
LC ClassificationsNK8980 M93
The Physical Object
Paginationxiv, 459 p. :
Number of Pages459
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL14768280M

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- Divination book [pustaha laklak] 18th century Toba Batak people Sumatra, Indonesia. The items on display originated in the Toba Batak community. The priest also used pustaha, books made of the bark of the alim tree, in which Toba Batak sacred knowledge was recorded. The pustaha and the inscribed bamboo containers were used to predict the future and identify auspicious days for religious ceremonies and travel. Philosophy of Batak This book contains about customs, culture, law, character dance, art music, especially socio-economic areas of the royal government. Book Pane Nabolon Since ancient Batak people already know the way the moon and stars every day. Parhalaan pane nabolon Batak is a reflection of natural law to every human being. Batak, also spelled Battak or Batta, several closely related ethnic groups of north-central Sumatra, term Batak is one of convenience, likely coined during precolonial times by indigenous outsiders (e.g., the Malay) and later adopted by groups embraced by the term—the Toba, the Karo, the Simalungun, the Pak Pak, the Mandailing, and the .

Toba people (also referred to as Batak Toba people or often simply "Batak") are the most numerous of the Batak people of North Sumatra, Indonesia, and often considered the classical 'Batak', most likely to willingly self-identify as Toba people are found in Toba Samosir Regency, Humbang Hasundutan Regency, Samosir Regency, North Tapanuli Regency, part .   The most striking thing about a Batak house from the inside, though, for a non-Batak, is that it has no windows. With some of the most beautiful scenery on earth outside, Bataks choose to live in Author: William Finnegan. working in the Batak country, gave a nearly complete survey of the literature contained in the bark books as a part of his work on Batak folk-medicine (Die Toba-Batak auf Sumatra in gesunden und kranken Tagen). The Batak people numbered about 1,, when the last census was held in Their social organisation, based on The Toba Batak are the largest subgroup of the Batak, a group of related peoples living in the highlands of northern Sumatra. Partly as a result of the mountainous nature of their territory and their fierce reputation, the Toba Batak remained independent and relatively isolated until the second half of the nineteenth century.

A long time ago the mountain exploded, Lake Toba was formed and the people were divided. Those on the western side of the lake became the Batak Toba and on the eastern side Batak Simalungun. The word Tuhaweoba changed over time to Tuba and later to Toba. The traditional Batak canoe, the solu, was m long. All had the same width. Whatever the case, “in the 19th century the Dutch colonial government banned cannibalism in the regions under their control,” states the book The Batak —Peoples of the Island of Sumatra. The Batak were animists and embraced a number of gods and spirits. They also practiced sacrificial rituals, séances, divination, and sorcery. Bataks an Indonesian people living in northern Sumatra and numbering about million ( estimate). On the basis of linguistic and ethnographic characteristics, the Bataks can be divided into six groups: the Toba, the Karo, the Timur, the Pakpak, the Ankola, and the Mandai-ling. Their languages are Batak. The Bataks are primarily Muslim, although. Batak Priest Diviner Datu Shaman 'magic book PUSTAHA' from island of Sumatra, Indonesia - Toba Batak Datu Ritual Healing Recipe Book Bark pages. Buffalo bone covers. This book preserves the datu priest's knowledge of herbs, medicines, oracle, as .