MATERIAL: Inner Bark (Aquilaria Malaccensis Tree)
TYPE: Manuscript
DIMENSIONS: 14 x 14 cm total 150 cm
NOTES: According to scholar Roberta Rollo, “Just for avoiding confusion, these manuscripts are not made of palm leaves but from the inner bark of the Aquilaria Malaccensis Tree. This is a very important feature of these manuscripts, since indeed all the other manuscripts in Indonesia were made in palm leaf, whereas the Batak and the south Sumatran manuscripts seem to represent a kind of an exception."
ITEM ID: 5122

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Batak Magic Manuscript #9

Pustaha is the magic book of the Toba Batak people of North Sumatra. The book contains magical formulas, divinations, recipes, and laws. The pustaha is written and compiled by a Batak magician-priest (datu).