Visit this ancient Batak village ‘Huta Siallagan’ on Samosir Island when you visit Lake Toba. Hence, you will understand the culture and the way of life of Batak ethnic group.
‘Huta Siallagan’ is situated within the present Ambarita Village in Simanindo District on Samosir Island, North Sumatra Province. This is an ancient village that strongly radiates the unique culture of Batak ethnic group, set amidst the spectacular beauty of magnificent Lake Toba.
History of Ancient Batak Village Huta Siallagan on Samosir Island
In the local language of Batak, Huta literary means settlement or village, therefore, Huta Siallagan means the Village of Siallagan. In Batak ethnic, a Huta also identifies the family or clan as their residents, in this case is the Siallagan Clan. The Siallagans are the descendants of King Naimbaton who trails the line of King Isumbaon, the second son of the King of Batak.
Huta Siallagan village was built during the reign of the first Huta leader, King Laga Siallagan, and then further expanded during the time of his heir, King Hendrik Siallagan. Later on, it went down to the descendants of King Ompu Batu Ginjang Siallagan. Numerous descendants of King Siallagan still live here today in Ambarita Village, where you can still find tombs of their ancestors in the area.
Obviously, Huta Siallagan village covers a total area of 2,400 square meters surrounded by a 1.5 to 2 meter stone wall. Built from sleekly structured stones, the wall used to be completed with fortresses and sharp bamboos in order to protect the village from wild animals and attacks from other tribes.
Once you enter Huta Siallagan, a number of traditional Bolon and Sopo houses, the traditional houses of the Batak ethnic group of North Sumatra, will directly greet you.
The Significance of Batu Persidangan at the ancient Batak Village Huta Siallagan
Furthermore, what truly makes Huta Siallagan special is the existence of the two sets of large stones carved into chairs encircling a stone table. People call these captivating sets of stone furniture artifacts as Batu Parsidangan, meaning Stones for Meetings and Trials. Located right at the center of Huta Siallagan under a Hariara Tree that the Batak people consider it as a sacred tree. People believe that the Stones are to be more than 200 years old.
Obviously, there are two sets of Batu Parsidangan in that used to serve as the official meeting place, while the other served as the site for trial executions.
The first set of Batu Parsidangan that became the official place for meetings consists of orderly arranged stone chairs specifically dedicated for the king, the queen, clan elders, neighboring huta leaders, invitees, and the datu or spiritual leaders.
Meanwhile, the second set of Batu Parsidangan features a similar arrangement but with the addition of a Long Stone Table, where the executions usually took place.
Today, Batu Parsidangan and Huta Siallagan stand as a priceless legacy of those ancient times. Here, you can learn about the cultures and beliefs of the ancestors of the Batak ethnic group of North Sumatra.
Moreover, make sure to attend the grand Lake Toba Independence Day Carnival where all districts around Lake Toba will parade their most outstanding cultures and traditions. This is such an important festival rarely seen at any other time.
Thus, visit this ancient Batak village ‘Huta Siallagan’ on Samosir Island when spending your holiday in Lake Toba. You will certainly experience new exciting things that will last for good. Please, share with us if you do have any other experiences.