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Siallagan is famous for its tourist market and the stone chairs of King
Siallagan. Each of these tourist attractions has a historical and
cultural story behind them. These attractions are about 3 km from Tomok
by boat or land using public transportation. According to the story of
the guides who give information about these tourist attractions the
stone chairs were left by king Siallagan, who was the first man
discovered Siallagan, took control over it and opened it to outsiders.
stone chairs were put in the middle of a park. The house in the village
were surrounded by stone walls about 1,5 meters high. Visitors must
enter the village through a small gate which has a stone statue nearby
which represents King Siallagan taking control over his people and
especially bringing justice to the criminals in that village. According
to the local people, if someone got caught committing crimes such as
stealing, cheating, torturing and murdering he would be taken to the
king and the tribal leaders. The king would look into the matter and
decide that the punishment should be. One form capital punishment was to
place the criminal in stocks or to have him beheaded.
sentence had a very strict rule. First, they determined the execution
date. The criminal, then was put in stocks in a cage under the king’s
house as a prisoner. On the day decided, under the watch of the local
leaders, the prisoner was taken out from the stocks and brought to the
place of execution, he was given an opportunity to say his last words or
ask for the food that he liked most (usually some particular Batak food
such as “naniura(sour raw fish). Natinombur (grilled fist with lots of
spices), Lomok-lomok(young pig cooked in blood) or nani arsik(boiled
fish with spices).
At the execution place there some stone chairs
and a large stone table where the prisoner was placed. Before the
execution, the executioner would test the prisoner by cutting his body a
little bit to see if he had magic power. If he bled, it meant that he
had no magic power and the execution could take place immediately, if he
did not, it meant that he had magic power. This meant that the
executioner would have to say special spells to remove it.
executioner would scrape the cutter on the ground. Usually after this
was done the magic of the prisoner would be gone. The execution could
continue with only one chop. After that the body was thrown away in a
ravine near Lake Toba. That is the unique story about King Siallagan’s
stone chairs which has become a popular tourist attraction.