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Pustaha Poda ni pormasak ni pagar dorma ni sibiyangsa
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Batak book of charms
Abbreviated Title:
Poda ni pormasak ni pagar dorma ni sibiyangsa
Marsden, William, 1754-1836
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Physical Description:
21 leaves ; 19 x 12.5 cm
Tree bark ( pages )
Accordion ( binding style )


Subjects / Keywords:
Grimoires ( lcsh )
Magic books
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- Indonesia -- North Sumatra
Asia -- Indonesia -- Sumatera Utara
2 x 99


On the preparation of protective magic from sibiyangsa, i.e., one of the most powerful parts of a pangulubalang (aggressive magic)
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This item is written on tree bark. It is brittle. Users must consult the digital copy.
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Marsden Collection
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This title is in the Public Domain
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Pustaha is the magic book of the Toba Batak people of North Sumatra, Indonesia. The book contains magical formulas, divinations, recipes, and laws. The pustaha is written and compiled by a Batak magician-priest (datu). -- Wikipedia
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Pustaha adalah sebuah buku atau surat dalam budaya Batak yang berisi catatan pengobatan tradisional, ilmu-ilmu gaib, keterangan tentang cara menolak hal-hal yang jahat (poda), mantra, ramalan-ramalan baik yang baik maupun yang buruk, serta ramalan mimpi. Buku ini biasa ditulis dengan aksara Batak. Secara fisik, pustaha terdiri dari lampak (sampul) dan laklak (kulit kayu sebagai media penulisan). -- Wikipedia
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Written on one side only, rather than more commonly both sides of the bark. The text may be incomplete.
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The script is peculiar in that, in order to denote a closed syllable, in addition to the pangolat, a small horizontal dash is sometimes (but not always) added above the final consonant.
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Labeled: "Batak book of charms"

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Holding Location:
SOAS University of London
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Resource Identifier:
MS 41393 ( SOAS manuscript number )


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