Musicians at the traditional Batak village Huta Bolon Simanindo, Pulau Samosir, Lake Toba, Indonesia
Samosir grave monuments
On the rural areas around Danau Toba, many traditional Toba, Karo and Simalungun villages with strange concrete structures can be found. These modern grave monuments which have the shape of a house are build with a big ceremony and a lot of money to house the passed-away familymembers. This traditional care of the death is still very important to the Toba, and is intermixed with the christian rituals as well. The tugu (monuments) are usually decorated with local as well as christian symbols. On the island of Samosir in Danau Toba, there are more and even older stone ones.