Tomok Village, Seeing Batak Cultural Heritage.

Tomok Village became one of the main tourist destinations to Samosir Island in Lake Toba. In Tomok we will meet the typical village of Batak house, complete with sigale-gale statue, big king, and Batak museum.

Tomok Village on Samosir Island is one of the entrances to Samosir Island from Parapat Tourism Port in North Sumatra. We can get there by ferry leaving every 2 hours, and motor boats every 1 hour.

The ferry and motor boats from Parapat Tourism Harbor are available until 5 pm, and no later than 7 am from Tomok to Parapat. If you want more personal, can enjoy a tour of several tourist destinations in Lake Toba before arriving at Tomok. You can rent a special motor boat until you are taken back to Parapat Harbor as I did on this trip.

At Tomok Port, we will be greeted by the sound of passengers climbing on the pier, as well as offering services. From the port, we were immediately greeted with various various Batak souvenirs in the shop. But be careful, because the price they offer outside the kiosk is much different when we get into their kiosk.

The main destination of interest in the village of Tomok is Kampung Batak area with a typical custom house, complete with sigale-gale dolls. In this kampung area, if lucky we can be greeted by tor tor dance and sigale-gale dance.

Sigale-gale is a self-made and dancing doll, a kind of wayang orang in Java. If not lucky, do not worry, we can order dance at a cost of about 200.000 rupiah per performances to the dancers. If you want cheap, we can also find sigale-gale dance outside the village area. The place is a bit far from the location of this original custom house, just pay ten thousand per person.

It’s just that, because it is not genuine and official a, we will only be treated to young dancers without accessories dancing. In Batak language, sigale-gale means graceful. According to the story, ancient times, sigale-gale was the son of a king. The only son of Rahat king who has a handsome face and one successor from generation to generation.

The king’s son, Manggale, died on the battlefield. The death of his son caused the king of Rahat to experience psychological disorders. The royal advisor then seeks doctors across the country. A spiritual expert called and said the king was sick. And to treat it, the doctor asked a royal advisor to make a ceremony in the kingdom, and carved wood that resembled the face of his son.

During the healing ceremony summon the spirit of sigale-gale, and his spirit is inserted into a wooden decoration that resembles his face. Then Si Gale-gale puppets dance or in Batak language manortor with the typical accompaniment of Batak Toba music, namely Gondang Mula, Gondang Somba and gondang Mangaliat.

Once satisfied in  Batak Village  area with sigale-gale, we continue the journey where the burial of Batak kings in antiquity. Once we enter the tomb complex, directly visible some carved stone crate of human head. The stone box was not pinned.

This is where the kings of Sidabutar are buried. There are 3 kings and several relatives buried in this complex. His body is not buried in the ground, but only included in the crate made of natural stone. The first and second kings still do not embrace religion, but follow a belief known as Parmalin. The first tomb of the king was made of stone where the king’s head carried the child to his shoulders.

The tomb of the second King who still embraces Parmalin’s belief in describing having a dreadlock head. This is symbolized that the King has supernatural powers and can not cut his hair. Behind the head, exactly the center of the crate there are three stoves. The three stoves are symbolized that the Batak people should respect each other, exhort each other, and respect each other.

Under the head of the king there is a statue of an Islamic scholar from Takengon Aceh named Syech Said. Syech Said said to be taught to the second king, also became warlord.

The third king named Solompoan Sidabutar, had become a Christian after the arrival of a missionary from Europe named Nomensen. In front of the burial complex stands a large arch of rich ornaments carved in red, black, and white. These three colors become the spiritual symbol of Batak people.

In cans engraved lizards facing four breasts or symbols Cicak and four breast tits mother. According to Tomok Village tour guides, the lizard became a symbol that the Batak people should be able to live like lizards, adaptable easily by holding on to everywhere. While the breast is a symbol that batak people must have many children.

After visiting the village of Batak and the king’s tomb complex, do not forget to visit the Museum of Batak. Museum Batak built like traditional Batak house.

Inside there are some relics such as weapons, traditional clothes, and home appliances of ancient Batak people. Visitors are allowed to take pictures by wearing traditional Batak clothes as a keepsake.

If it gets dark, go to the harbor immediately, because after 7 o’clock (sunset), no more boat will take you back to Parapat.