Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Bark Book

Batak, Sumatra, Indonesia.

This concertina-form manuscript made from the folded bark of what is believed to be the alim tree is a type of book from the Batak peoples of Sumatra. Such books, known in Sumatra as "pustaka" were often written in an archaic Southern Batak dialect mixed with local dialect. These books are often used in matters of magic, divination and medicine as practiced by the Batak datu who functions as magician, soothsayer, and doctor.

1 comment:

tim said...

hello i have a bark book that looks just like the one you have i would like to know more about my book and of its value could you refer me to someone that knows these books my email is thank you Tim...