Kingdom of Kutabuluh, Sibayak Kutabuluh / Prov. Sumatera Utara

The kingdom (Sibayak) of Kutabuluh. A kingdom of the Karo People, part of the Batak People. Located on Sumatera, in the District of Karo. North Sumatra Province. Sultan Iskandar Muda from the sultanate of Aceh (1607-1636) inaugurated 4 (four) traditional kingdoms called Sibayak.

District of Karo


Line history kingdoms on Sumatera: link


Foto kingdoms / sultanates on Sumatera

* Foto sultans and kings today on Sumatera: link
* Foto sultans and kings in the past on Sumatera: link


Video history of the kingdoms / sultanates on Sumatera

* Video history kingdoms on Sumatera, 75.000 BC – today: link
* Video history kingdoms on North Sumatera, 0 AD – today: link
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Video history kingdoms on West Sumatera, 0 AD – today, link


History of the kingdom of Kutabuluh, 17th century

Karo Regency was in the past a part of the Kingdom of Aru.

The Kutabuluh Kingdom was led by Sibayak Kutabuluh from the clan Perangin-angin located in Kutabuluh village. Under the rule of Sibayak there were kings of the village given the title of King Urung (large village) and Pengulu (small village).
The kingdom of Kutabuluh existed of 2 urung:
a. Urung Namohaji centered in Kutabuluh
b. Urung Langmelas centered in Mardingding.

Installation king of Sibajak Koetaboeloeh. Source foto: Collectie: KITLV, Netherlands. Provenance: Voorhoeve, Dr P. / Barchem Datum/Date: 1945.


Kingdoms in Tanah Karo area

Kabupaten Karo was a part of the Kingdom of Aru.
Later in Tanah Karo were 5 kebayaka (kingdoms):
Kingdom of Sibayak Linga (origin clan Marga Karo-Karo Sinulingga)
Kingdom of Sibayak Sarinembah (origin clan Marga Sembiring Meliala)
Kingdom of Sibayak Suka (origin clan Marga Marga Ginting Suka)
Kingdom of Sibayak Barusjahe (origin KaroKaro, Barus)
Kingdom of Kutabuluh (Clan of Perangin-angin).
Before there were kingdoms in Tanah Karo, the society consisted only of local people. At that time the leader was appointed by the clan, and was assisted by the clan.
Around 1607-1636 Aceh came under the leadership of Sultan Iskandar Muda, who brought the Islam to Karo. The king of Aceh, called Tuan Kita, formalized 4 kingdoms, called Sibayak. They were ruled by four kings, who had vast areas.

Installation king of Sibajak Koetaboeloeh. Source foto: Collectie: KITLV, Netherlands. Provenance: Voorhoeve, Dr P. / Barchem Datum/Date: 1945.


The districts in North Sumatra which are colored, have a majority of Batak population


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