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Dalihan Na Tolu

Dalihan Na Tolu

In Batak Culture, it has been taught since childhood about a traditional poetry, “Jolo tiniptip sanggar, laho bahen huruhuruan, jolo sinungkun marga, asa binoto partuturan ‘’ Hau antaladan, parasaran ni binsusur, sai tiur do pardalanan molo sai denggan iba martutur"

Kinship is a key in their phylosophy of live.  That’s why in every traditional Batak house there is always a lizard image beside the woman breast (symbol of fertility and prosperity of human descent).  The Lizard image is a symbol of fertility of soil in Batak called “boraspati ni tano” (Symbol of protective spirit contained in the lizard) and the lizard image also a symbol of Kinship in Batak Culture.  Such glorious milestone for bringing blood relations, determines our attitude to treat others well

Dalihan means stone hearths,  In batak tradition there is always three stone hearths used to cook.  Na Tolu means the three.  Dalihan natolu is the three stone hearths that used to cook, become a phylosophy of live in Batak culture, considering how to treat one another.

 

The Phylosophy of Dalihan Na Tolu contains (in perspective of Male)

 

-          Manat mardongan tubu = We have to carefully in treat our brother (male relatives)

-          Elek marboru = We have to love our sisters, daughter (female relatives)

-          Somba marhulahula = We have to respect to our Father in law, brother in law (all male relatives of our wife )

 

Dongan tubu  means

 

1.              Male Siblings

2.              Decent of our Father brothers

3.              Decent of our Grand Father brothers

4.              Distant male relatives

5.              One Family Name

6.              Decent of our mother (one mother)

7.              One Great grandfather, (brothers of our family Name, still one clan) such as Pasaribu, Limbong Mulana, Sagala Raja, Silau Raja is One big Family in Nai Marata

 

Words of wisdom in Dongan Tubu

 

  • Manat ma ho mardongan sabutuha, molo naeng sangap ho
  • Tampulon aek do na mardongan sabutuha
  • Tali papaut tali panggongan, tung taripas laut sai tinanda do rupa ni dongan

Boru  means

  1. Female Siblings
  2. Daughters
  3. Fathers Female Siblings
  4. Female which considered as daughters
  5. Daughters of Father brothers or Granddaughter of Grandfather brothers
  6. Niece
  7. Daughter of distant relatives (one Family name)
  8. Daughter in law
  9.  

 

Words of wisdom in Boru

  • Elek ma ho marboru, molo naeng ho sonang.
  • Bungkulan do boru ( sibahen pardomuan )
  • Durung do boru tomburon hulahula, sipanumpahi do boru tongtong di hulahula
  • Unduk marmeme anak, laos unduk do marmeme boru
  • Tinallik landorung bontar gotana, dos do anak dohot boru nang pe pulikpulik margana

                               

Words of wisdom in Bere

        

  • Amak do rere anak do bere, dangka do dupang ama do tulang
  • Hot pe jabu i sai tong do i margulanggulang, tung sian dia pe mangalap boru bere i sai hot do i boru ni tulang

Hulahula  means

  1. Father in Law, and Brother in Law
  2. Mother’s brother (Tulang)
  3. Tulang from fraternal grandfather
  4. Hulahula of father of Grandfather
  5. Tulang from wife
  6. Hulahula of  dongan sabutuha

 

Words of wisdom in Hulahula

  • Sigaiton lailai do na marhulahula
  • Na mandanggurhon tu dolok do iba mangalehon tu hulahula
  • Hulahula i do debata na tarida
  • Hulahula i do mula ni mata ni ari na binsar
  • Obuk do jambulan na nidandan baen samara, pasupasu na mardongan tangiang ni hulahula do mambahen marsundutsundut so ada mara
  • Nidurung Situma laos dapot Porapora, pasupasu ni hulahula mambahen pogos gabe mamora

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