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19 Aug 2019

Festival of Archipelago Manuscript V: The Air of Batak Local Wisdom Wrapped in Sipinsur Coolness

Humbang Hasundutan, North Sumatra - The erosion of Batak culture is also one of the reasons Sipinsur was chosen as the location of Festival of Archipelago Manuscript V, so that Batak people love the culture of their ancestors.

Batak tribe is one of the most popular tribes in Indonesia. However, unfortunately the cultural heritage of Batak ancestors is less desired. As a matter of fact, one of the phenomenal heritage of Batak tribe is manuscript tradition.

"Many Batak manuscripts can be explored in depth as local wisdom of Batak tribe," said Deputy of Library Material and Information Services Development of National Library, Ofy Sofiana, when opening FNN V in Sipinsur Geosite tourist area, on Monday afternoon, (19/8).

National Library, continued Ofy, held at least 200 ancient Batak manuscripts. Some of them have been transferred to digital form. All texts or manuscripts that have been transferred can be accessed through the site khastara.perpusnas.go.id.

Ancient manuscripts are written documents. Not all nations have abundant manuscript treasures in almost the entire archipelago. Information stored in archipelago manuscripts contains national identity. In fact, the term Pancasila comes from Sutasoma book. Therefore, in the future manuscript research must be conducted interdisciplinary. It means that it involves various kinds of scientific disciplines; not only philologist or historian.

Humbang Hasundutan Regent, Dosmar Banjarnahor, said that not all ethnic groups have written relics. However, in order to remain preserved and useful, we need a joint commitment. That is, not only National Library is responsible. It requires to involve wider community. Humbang Hasundutan Regency is one area that is pro-active towards preserving ancient Batak cultural heritage. Allegedly, the number of Batak manuscripts reached thousands. Some are stored either in libraries, museums, or cared for individually. However, many are scattered abroad. This is such an unfortunate.

"There are three aspects that can be done so as not to become extinct, namely aspects of protection, preservation, and utilisation," added Regent Dosmar. The choice of Sipinsur Geosite as a location also helped introduce Sipinsur as a new tourist area in Indonesia. FNN V, which lasted for five days, targeted a visit rate of 5,000 people.

Besides holding archipelago manuscript exhibition in collaboration with North Sumatra Provincial Government and TB Silalahi Museum, FNN V also held workshop on Batak alphabets writing, Balinese, Bugis, Jawi alphabets writing, and calligraphy, as well as making beber puppets. As for Manuscript Seminar, it presented international philologist as a speaker Uli Kozok, Head of Postgraduate Programme of Universitas Sumatera Utara (USU) Medan Robert Sibarani, Monang Naipospos, Jakmen Sinulingga, and Lidya Christina.

 

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