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.

District of Karo


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

* Foto kingdoms in Simalungun area: link
* Foto small kingdoms in Aceh in the past: link

* Foto Minangkabau People: link
* Foto Batak People: link
* Foto old sites on Sumatera: link


History of the kingdom of Kutabuluh

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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