Sultan Marah Laut: Sianjur Mula-mula Segala Limbong, Silindung, Bakkara and Barus (2)

For some time Sultan Marah Laut remained there ruling over all of Toba Segala Limbong. After some years he decided to go back to Barus. He relized that his political journey to his ancestor land, Segala Limbong, has achieved its result. All his people has extent their support to Sultan Marah Laut side. This support was very important in regard of power competition between the two ruling families, hulu and hilir, in Barus.

He then made provision for a subtitute authority to rule in his place; The Jonggi Manoar and Raja Bunga-Bunga institutions. This appointment is significant since it reveals a further instance of duality in government and indicates the continued elaboration a reference world in which duality is acceptable. The duality in leadership was also means to maintain balance of power since check and balance will be imposed between the two institutions. In the latest political development, The Jonggi Manoar Institute, representing Segala Limbong population of Tatea Bulan branch, transforms in to the check power for Sumba ruler, Sisingamangaraja I in Bakkara, in control over all Batak populations around Batakland.

Sultan Marah Laut, then, left a dual rajaship to act for him in Luat Sagala Limbong. This was the agreement at that time. In one year the two rajas will bring tribute of a horse. But when the two rajas bring bring the horse in tribute, then they must also bring one large male goat to give to Tuanku Mudik (Sultan of Hulu Barus).

Barus and Limbong are thus linked by each possessing two rulers. The depiction of duality in Limbong reflects the situation in Barus. The Hilir price, Sultan Marah Laut or Bagonjong reflected the spirit of harmonious duality by considering the positioon of the Tuanku Mudik and orderinf tribute for him.

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