Places you have to visit in Samosir Is­land

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King Sid­abu­tar Tomb

The Batak king who em­brassed Chris­tian­ity, is buried in Tomok vil­lage, five kilo­me­ters south­east of Tuk Tuk. The king’s im­age is carved on his tomb­stone, along with those of his body­guards and An­teng Melila Senega, the woman the king is said to have loved for many years with­out ful­fil­ment. The tomb is also dec­o­rated with carv­ings of Singa (myth­i­cal crea­tures with grotesque three-horned heads and bulging eyes). Next to the king’s tomb is the tomb of the mis­sion­ary who con­verted the tribe in the 19th cen­tury and an older Batak royal tomb, which sou­venir ven­dors say is used as a mul­ti­lin­gual fer­til­ity shrine for child­less cou­ples.

Si Gale-Gale

Si­gale Gale or Si Gale-Gale is a wooden pup­pet used in a funeral dance per­for­mance of the Batak peo­ple of Samosir Is­land, North­ern Su­ma­tra. Carved from the wood of a banyan tree and dressed in the tra­di­tional cos­tume, wear­ing a red tur­ban, loose shirt and blue sarong, the Si­gale-gale stands on long, wooden boxes where the op­er­a­tor makes it dance to per­cus­sion mu­sic ac­com­pa­nied by flutes and drums. There are many ver­sions of the story be­hind Si­gale­gale. Some be­lieve that the ori­gin of the pup­pet was linked to a lo­cal le­gend that tells of a child­less woman named Nai Mang­gale. The le­gend adds that as she lay dy­ing on her deathbed, NaiMang gale asked her hus­band to have a life-sized im­age of her made and for it to be called Si Gale-Gale and to have a dirge played in front of the pup­pet. If this was not done, her spirit would not be ad­mit­ted to the abode of the dead, which would in turn force her to place a curse on her sur­viv­ing spouse. Hence, to avert the mis­for­tune, the Si­gale-gale was cre­ated.

Parbaba Beach

Lo­cated in Hutabolon vil­lage, Parbaba beach looks ex­actly like a beach although it is ad­ja­cent to Lake Toba. It looks like a typ­i­cal shore with white soft sand and waves after waves crash­ing ashore. The only dif­fer­ence is that it is not an ocean; it is a lake, Lake Toba. The back­ground for the beach is the well-known Pusuk Buhit Moun­tain. The beau­ti­ful scenery makes it a pop­u­lar place for both tourists and lo­cals alike.

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