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"Quoted from the book 'Sumatra:..." Indonesia Local Custom Tip by BorderHopper

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Quoted from the book 'Sumatra: Island of Adventure'.....'The colorful but notoriously forthright and aggressive Batak peoples inhabit a cluster of spectacularly beautiful and fertile volcanic basins at the northern end of the Bukit Barisan range-focusing around lake Toba, with the huge island of Samosir at its center. The term Batak is probablyan abusive nickname given to them by coastal Muslims. It seems once to have been widely in insular Southeast Asia to villi pagan, upland peoples......Today there are about 6 million Batak, more than half of whom live in the highlands surrounding lake Toba.' They are a society that once practiced cannibalism but many have been converted to Christianinty by Dutch Protestants. Indonesia is primarily an Islamic nation with pockets of Christian and traditional religious communities throughout the island nation.

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