HomeBlogs King Sidabutar Site Tomok is a famous location listed in many tourist guide books in Asia
and Europe. It is a famous tourist attraction with King Sidabutar’s old
Tombs. Tomok was the center of King Sidabutar’s power. These tombs were
made from carving stone for hundred of years.
According to the
tourism guide, the land around Tomok was taken under control by King
Sidabutar, his officials many years ago. Because he was a wise king he
was able to motivate his people to work daily and to uphold the natural
sacred values of the three principles (Dalihan Natolu0 as a general
cultural philosophy of the Batak people. When Kind Ompu Soribuntu died
all his people were present to give and take the culture based on the
three principles. Then the King was not buried in the ground but in the
carved tomb, in the center of the village of Tomok. It was a habit for
Batak people at that time that if a king died, he was buried after seven
days, and his descendants would plant trees called ”Hariara” on his
It was held as a remembrance to his descendants. If
the Hariara trees grew well, it means that his descendants would live
peacefully and have many descendants. After seven days the king’s
descendants planted the Hariara trees and they grew big. But after two
years the trees fell down because they had become old. Then for many
years this area was controlled by King Ompu Ni Ujung Barita Sidabutar
who was also a wise king and able to continue the traditions and culture
of Dalihan Natolu (the three principles) which had been established b
King Ompu Soaribuntu Sidabutar. When King Ompu Ni Ujung Barita became
old, he decided to find a partner. He became engaged to a beautiful and
gentle lady named Anting Malela Boru Sinaga. The engagement went
properly. As a sign for an engaged woman in Batak culture everywhere she
went she had to carry a white cup without handles over the head.
who looked at her would know that she was engaged. It was also meant to
discourage other men from approaching her because Anting Malela was
very beautiful. She was the most beautiful woman in Tomok at that time.
Time passed by, the wedding day had been determined. All people in this
village knew about it. But unfortunately, Anting Malela broke the
promise without any reason and did not want to get married with King
Ompu Ni Ujung Barita. His feeling was hurt and the felt ashamed in front
of his people. The king became angry. He tried to make Anting Malela
disappear from this earth. Then he decided that it was no use for him to
try to marry her.
The king wanted to kill her by using black
magic called”Darma Sijunde” and she became crazy. Though she had a nice
figure and was beautiful she was always insulted and avoided by
everyone. For several years Anting Malela became crazier and then one
day she disappeared.
Nobody knew where she had gone. Some people
said that she had gone to the middle of the wild forest. The king lived
alone without a wife and when he died he was buried on the right side of
King Ompu Soribuntu. Then after seven days he Hariara trees were plated
on his tomb and the grew rapidly and thickly. We can still see these
trees. The king’s tomb was carved in such away that you could see the
front part of the face of king Ompu Soribuntu Sidabutar’s wearing
head-gear like a turban which was a sign of Batak people’s beliefs. The
same thing had been done to King Ompu Ni Ujung Barita Sidabutar’s tomb.
Behind the tomb was Anting Malela sculpture carved sitting and carrying a
cup (without handles) over her head to remind people not to behave like
she had. Then Tomok’s kingdom was continued by king ompu Solompoan
Sidabutar. He could lead his people all his life peacefully base on the
three principles. After the missionaries from Europe had come to Samosir
Island, they spread Christianity. When the king died he was the first
man to become a Christian in Tomok and helped to spread Christianity.
The king was buried on the right side of King Ompu Ni Ujung Barita
Sidabutar’s tomb. He was not buried in the stone tomb but in the ground.
sign of a cross was placed over his grave. If we visit king sidabutar’s
tomb, we will see several tombs including some smaller one.