Kingdom of Tahuna / Isl. of Sangihe – Prov. Sulawesi Utara

The kingdom of Tahuna was located on the island of Sangihe, province of North Sulawesi. The centre of this kingdom was in Kolongan, under the rule of the king Tatohe, in 1580.

Location of Sangihe

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Location of Sangihe


* Foto kingdoms on the island of Sangihe: link


History of the kingdom of Tahuna

After 1400 the Kingdom of Tampunganglawo was divided into 2 parts, namely the Northern part called Sahabe (Lumango) and the Southern part named Manuwo (Salurang).
After 1530 these two kingdoms were reunited again by the king Makaampo (Makaampo Wawengehe); the territory was from Sahabe, Kuma, Kuluhe, Manalu, Salurang to Lapango, and the kingdom was called RIMPULAENG with its Government Center in Salurang (Moade) and ended in 1575, because Makaampo had been killed by Ambala a Hero from Mantelagheng (Tamako).
After the end of Rimpulaeng, in Tampunganglawo arose again 3 kingdoms:
– The kingdom of Tahuna (Malahasa) was centered in Tahuna (Bukide), with its king Ansaawuwo also called Tatehe or Tatehewoba (1580-1625).
– The kingdom of Manganitu (Kauhis), was based in Kauhis, with its King Boo or also called Liung Tolosang (1600-1630).
– The kingdom of Kendahe was based in Makiwulaeng, with its King Egaliwutang (1600-1640).

King of Tahuna


List of kings of Tahuna

  • 1580-1625: Raja Tatehewoba
  • Raja Buntuang
  • Raja Mathin Tatandang
  • Raja Papahang Sulung (Paparang)
  • Raja Manulung Bansage Paparang
  • Raja Mohonise Paparang
  • Raja Hasubala (Rasubala)
  • Raja Mamatanusa Rasubala
  • Raja Paneke Rasubala
  • Raja Tabaleta Jacobus
  • Raja Saraweta Rasubala
  • Raja M. Belanda Jacobus
  • Raja E.L.T. Rasubala Limampula
  • 1878-1887: Raja Salmon Tuwondai Dumalang
  • 1887-1891: Raja Markus Mohonis Dumalang
  • Raja Soleman Ponto
  • Raja Christiaan Ponto
  • Raja Bastian I
  • Raja Bastian II
  • Raja F.I. Adrian.

King Christiaan Ponto of Tahuna (-1929)


A brief history of the kingdoms on the Sangihe Islands

Between 1000 and 1600 the Sangihe archipelago had 4 kingdoms (Kararatuang) which existed before the arrival of the Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch, namely:

1) Bowongtehu Kingdom,
2) Kingdom of Tamungan Lawo (Sangihe),
3) Mohonsohowang Kingdom,
4) Karangetang Kingdom (Siau).

Around 1670 nine kingdoms appeared in Sangihe, namely:

– Kendahe Kingdom,
– Kingdom of Taruna,
– Kingdom of Kolongan,
– Manganitu Kingdom,
– The Kingdom of Kauhis,
– The Kingdom of Limes,
– The Kingdom of the Tabs,
– Kingdom of Sawang (Saban) and
– Tamako Kingdom.

However, the last kingdom (Tamako) became part of Siau.
Meanwhile, the king of Limau was defeated by Padtbrugge’s troops. This kingdom was destroyed.
Sawang joined the Taruna Kingdom and the Kolongan Kingdom.
Kauhis joined Manganitu.

In 1898 the Kendahe Kingdom and the Taruna Kingdom were merged into one. In these two regions, in 1919, King Soleman Ponto ruled with his center in the present-day Kota Tahuna.

In the 1900s only six kingdoms emerged:

– The Kingdom of Tabukan,
– Kingdom of Manganitu,
– Kingdom of Siau,
– Kingdom of Kendahe and
– Kingdom of Tagulandang Kingdom, Talaud in 1922,
– Kingdom of Kandhar Taruna.


Source Tahuna (only indon. language)

Terbentuknya Kerajaan-Kerajaan dan Kulano di Sangihe
– Sejarah raja Tahuna: http://adrianuskojongian.blogspot.co.id/2013/01/misteri-kematian-raja-raja-dan-tokoh.html
– Daftar raja Tahuna: http://raja-rajasangihetalaud.blogspot.co.id/2016/08/800×600-normal-0-false-false-false-en.html

Source kingdoms on Sangihe (only indon. language)

Sejarah kerajaan di Sangihe: http://9soputan9.blogspot.co.id/2013/11/kerajaan-sangihe-talaud.html
Sejarah kerajaan di Sangihe: http://dhevinadalinda.blogspot.co.id/2014/10/cerita-sejarah-raja-gumansalangi-raja.html
Sejarah kerajaan di Sangihe: http://sangihekab.go.id/home/index.php?document_srl=855&mid=Sejarah
Sejarah kerajaan di Sangihe: http://manado.tribunnews.com/2013/06/25/asal-usul-manado-siau-dan-sangihe-talaud
– Raja raja Sangihe Talaud: http://raja-rajasangihetalaud.blogspot.co.id/2016/08/800×600-normal-0-false-false-false-en.html
– Sejarah kerajaan-kerajaan di Sulawesi Utara: https://arkeologiriset.wordpress.com/2017/11/01/sejarah-sangihe-pilipin


Old maps of the islands of Sangihe, Talaud dan Tagulandang

Islands Sangihe (Sangir), Talaud and Tagulandang, 1700.

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Islands Sangir (Sangir) and Talaud, 1724

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Islands Sangihe (Sangir), Talaud and Tagulandang, 1894


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