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      Sign of fertility
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  • In Simanindo - Danau Toba
      In Simanindo
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  • Facade decoration - Danau Toba
      Facade decoration
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When you wander around by motorbike, on Samosir or on the mainland near Lake Toba, you come across a lot of traditional houses or villages; the sight of the Batak Toba houses is really a pleasant change of scenery; the houses are very beautiful and having a close look you can see they are very often nicely decorated, sometimes funnily.
The modern Batak Toba houses are as nice as the old ones, I guess; to me they look nice, like this very big one (picture 1) in the village of Ambarita, but it is not for living, it is a community house; on this recent house, the paint is not washed by the rain and you see the décor on picture 2, with , again the breasts. On the third picture, this house not far from Tomok is also nicely decorated. But I definitely prefer the ?real? houses, I mean the ones where people live, living houses like the ones on picture 4; a bike, a satellite dish, drying nuts, poultry, . . . . . the village was empty. If you have a close look at the houses, there are sometimes some funny décor next to the traditional sculptures and masks; I like a lot the naďve drawings on picture 5, with hunters, horses, bikers. . . . . It is really worth and fun to take time and look at the houses, they reveal a lot about people, I think. These houses are in Simanindo, on the northern tip of Samosir.

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  • Written Jun 12, 2009
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