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Divination book, Sumatra

 Fonds — Box: CLX-A-1559, Volume: Coll-1765 / SC-Acc-2016-0121
Identifier: Coll-1765

Scope and Contents

Comprises 18 bark leaves, with the first and last folds pasted to the covers, in 'harmonica' fold. Text in Batak script written in black ink. There 4 pages with different symbols, and 4 pages with tables, all done in red and black ink. Original wooden covers, of which the upper is carved with a relief of lizards.


  • 20th century

Biographical / Historical

A divination manuscript is a type of book (pustaha) still in use among the Batak people of Sumatra. This particular book was used by fortune tellers or shamans and formed part of their ritual tools.


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Processing Information

Catalogued by Graeme D. Eddie, 1 August 2016.
Divination book, Sumatra
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Repository Details

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