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Sigale-gale is a dance that originated from Samosir, North Sumatra. The dance is performed by a human-shaped doll or statue. It is similar with wayang golek which is danced by a puppeteer with the accompaniment of traditional musical instruments. The Sigale-gale doll is made of wood and modified by roped connecting the hinge or the joint of the puppet so it can be controlled from far. Source of...
Gordang Sembilang is 9 drums lined up and sorted from the biggest to the smallest. It is known before Islam is introduced and used for a summoning ceremony called Sibaso. Sibaso was done to summon the spirit of the ancestors to ask for help when there are famine, disease, for bringing rain when in drought or even stopping the rain when it pours for too long and brings destruction.
Tor tor dance was originally not a dance. It was simple movement in a margondang ceremony where gondang or uning-uningan is played. At the time, the ritual is done with a few statues made of stone that was possessed by a spirit and then “danced”. After years passed, it is modified as a public entertainment and the movement is modified to resembles a dance.
Built in 1889 by Sultan Syarif Hasyim Abdul Jalil Syaifuddin. It adopts the architecture of Europe, Arab and Malay. You can see various sculptures and statues of marbles and diamonds. The entry fee is very cheap, more or less 3 USD, but you have to be barefoot to roam inside the castle in order to avoid damaging the granite floor. Its going to be nice and cool.