AMULET, BODY, BATAK, SMALL, 4 INCHES
  • AMULET, BODY, BATAK, SMALL, 4 INCHES

AMULET, BODY, BATAK, SMALL, 4 INCHES

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The Batak,

Marco Polo wrote in the 13th century of paying tribute to the Batak to transit the strait of Malacca.  They were a warlike, aggressive people who resisted European missionaries and local armies well into the 20th century. Cannibalism which was a method of social control for them kept many potential... [read more]

The Batak,

Marco Polo wrote in the 13th century of paying tribute to the Batak to transit the strait of Malacca.  They were a warlike, aggressive people who resisted European missionaries and local armies well into the 20th century. Cannibalism which was a method of social control for them kept many potential invaders from their area. The Batak are the only known people to practice cannibalism and to have a written language. 

Amulets such the one shown here are normally worn around the neck or waist. One side is engraved with a calendar while the other offers protection in the form of sayings or prayers. All are in the original script.   

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