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Superstition plagues Batak community

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 18 2010   /  08:52 am

To this day, Parluhutan Pak Pak still can’t understand why his parents kicked out him of their home in Medan two years ago. Spirituality prevails: Batak members hold Tugu Raja Sionang Pardede, a ceremony to collect the bones of Raja Sionang Pardede’s ancestors, in Pematang Siantar. Courtesy Maruli Tua PardedeHe also found it hard to swallow the bitter truth his parents only shared with him recently: He was in fact their adopted son; his real parents were the people he affectionately called Bapatua (older uncle) and Inangtua (older aunty); his real dad was his adoptive father’s eldest brother; his uncle adopted him when he was only three months old because he was without child; last but not least, he had one brother and three sisters.“I want to see mamak [mom] in Medan,” he keeps asking every time relatives visit him in a drug rehabilitation center in Pematang Siantar, a city lo...