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Old 24th December 2006, 01:58 AM   #1
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Looky what Santa brought me.

Batak sword. 26" long overall.

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Old 24th December 2006, 12:46 PM   #2
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Very nice would this one be called a Piso Halasan ?
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Old 26th December 2006, 07:16 PM   #3
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Very nice would this one be called a Piso Halasan ?


Thank you RM,

I would call this a "Piso n Datu."

"Piso" meaning "Knife," --- "Datu" or "guru" being meaning "magician" in Batak.

It seems that many Batak words have roots in Hindi. Possibly from the Tamil region of South India. Still researching.

The Piso n Datu was considered so powerful that the Batak would not keep it in their home. It was kept outside in its own house.

Still researching this also and would appreciate comments. I really love Batak carvings and artifacts.

I do happen to have a Toba Batak "Piso Halasan" also. Pictures below.

See "The Batak" by Achim Sibeth, (pub 1991, by Thames and Hudson, Ltd., London) Page 164
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Old 26th December 2006, 08:04 PM   #4
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Hi Bill. Very nice sword. I have seen a number of these presented on eBay lately, so my question is this: Is this really one of these swords that would be considered too powerful to keep in ones house, or is it a finely made sword (i love the carvings) in a traditional style, but meant for import? While i like this blade i don't get the impression that it was ever used in Batak magic as the name implies.Mind you that's just a hunch and i know nothing about these swords (that's why i ask) or Batak culture particularly.
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Merry Christmas Bill. Yes I would also call this a "piso ni datu".
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