31st JANUARY 2017 ~ After the small village, we were taken to this small plot of land where there were old tombs of the Batak kings of the past. Visitor is required to wear this colourful piece of cloth across the body, which is called Ulos, something customary I suppose.
Batak people believe that after many years of someone's death, he/she would reach a stage when the soul is purified. Then, people dig the grace, collect all the bones, clean them and the later the bones will be stored in a special place near the grave. Even though many of them are Christians, this tradition is still practised until today. We could see these huge graves just beside the houses when we were in the car from Parapat to Berastagi.
We did not spend a long time on the island even though there were many other places that could be seen. The itinerary provided by the tourist guide for Samosir was quite limited and I had seen people seeing more things there. If you plan to go there, you should try to explore more of the island, either by renting a motorbike or by cars. (Cars can be brought into the island on a special ferry)
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