Totombatu Cave

totombatu cave
Totombatu Cave is a Historical Place of Talaud.

This cave is located between Niampak and Tarohan Village approximately 45 minutes from Melonguane by Car.

Totombatu Cave already existed since 15 century, this cave have a very old and unique grave for King Tatuhe, His Guards and His Soldiers & Knights that have fight against colonialism in the land of Porodisa ( Talaud ).

Here is the description about it.
totombatu caves is a unique stone cave contains a collection of human skulls, located in the shoreline at the south end of the village Tarohan, Karakelang Island, Talaud Islands. This cave is located on top of a small rock hill about 8 feet tall, which juts into the sea as far as fifty yards. It's interesting this place is a stone structure that formed this cave is very diverse, which is composed of rocks, limestone rocks and old stone-filled cracks.

Among the group that projected that there basin-basin forming caves, some of which form a large hole, so that can be passed by more than one human body. At the top of the hill the stone structure overgrown with various trees and shrubs typical of coastal regions. In one collection of bracken lush hilltop stone cave that holds that there are 33 skulls and human bones.
From here we can see Salibabu island, the island of Nusa in foreland basin harbor Lobo and Beo.
That said, according to locals speech, long ago there is a plateau called Tarapahan, which means mountain nine. In this mountain is believed by villagers Tarohan as ethnic origin Talaud. But there is no definite story that tries to explain the existence of a collection of people in this Tarapahan plains. Some claimed that the collection society that represents the community of migrants from the island Mangindano, or Mindanao Philippines.

Some information that never be summed Alfred Pontolondo (21/12/2006) from some village elders Tarohan (Job Taengaten, Maramin Tumpil, Yosias Muhat, and Mateos Mangule) said that the first people who inhabit Totombatu an umpteenth generation of residents who come down Tarapahan to Totombatu to start a new life as a fisherman about 700 years ago. They were three brothers Alambera, Fasting, and Papaulla plus Tatuhe, a fisherman migrants from Mindanao, who was a giant. Together with their wives who come from villages around Tarohan, they then reproduce and form small settlements in the region Totombatu.

When one member of a collection of people that died, those still alive then took his head, placed on a ceramic plate or jar and then placed in a stone cave in the hills rock in the beach area Totombatu. How different piringpun laying, for public figures, plates of three pieces and each placed under the skull, below the hip bone and below the leg bone. As for ordinary people is only one plate and just put your head into place.

Taengetan added, the number of skulls and bones that are in the stone cave more than 100 pieces. This means there are 100 more ancestors who died and his head was taken to be placed in a stone cave. One of the large number of skulls were nearly 50 cm in diameter are believed to belong to Tatuhe. But while visiting the cave Pontolondo only see about 33 skulls only and does not belong to the giant skull ditemuka Tatuhe described as local residents. One thing that shows the existence of a giant skull Tatuhe is the bone joints of the human calf and thigh which has a size of about 15 cm longer than the segment size of normal human thigh bone calf and Indonesia.

Told that the bones were missing from the cave because it is stolen, and the greatest occurred in half of the 1960s when there was a group of people who claimed to be from the Netherlands who then transport the number of objects including a large jar containing a giant skull. Jar and relics, according Taengetan then brought to the Netherlands, and till now no more information that explains the existence of a number of the stolen objects.

Because of the narrowness of residential areas, residents Totombatu within the next 300 years since their arrival from the highlands Tarapahan then spread to the villages in the coastal Karakelang. While most of which are still lagging behind and then move to the north, precisely at the southern end of the current Tarohan village, known as the literary language as Maninggungkota. In the mid-19th century, the population residing in Maninggungkota then moved again to a broader plateau in the north up to now and in the village called Tarohan. Called Tarohan because in between the two rivers. But there are different versions about the name of the opening story Tarohan Tarohan people's resistance to the Dutch. It is said that Tarohan derived from the Malay language "Bet". That village is at stake between Mangenti, king Tarohan by Dutch colonial rulers at that time came from the direction Melonguanne and who intend to take over the village Tarohan. The bet is, if the king Mangenti can not move people out of the Maninggungkota within a period of four months it will be taken by the Dutch Tarohan. But the king with his subjects build Tarohan Mangenti, both home and fortress that surrounds Tarohan only within 40 days and 40 nights. Tarohan also be free for a while from the Dutch.

Successor, the king of kings Mangenti Endang Mentiri follow his predecessor not to compromise with the Dutch. He did not want kerajaanya become part of Dutch colonial. So the colonial government then took steps to bring some troops and soldiers to immediately capture the king Endang. After a period of hiding from the Dutch side, the king Endang then caught in the woods near the plains Tarapahan after the Dutch king-in-law persuaded Endang, namely his wife's brother to show the king's hideout Endang. Finally he was banished to the island of Pigs, which is one of the islands adjacent to the island Nusakambangan.

With a way that is not known by the people, the king Endang can finally escape the island and return to Tarohan Pig. Arriving at Tarohan he then promptly handed the reins of power into the hands of the king Aaron Sarendeng and he later changed his name to Mangule. This event coincided with the Dutch-led assault on Tukunan Arangka'a Larenggam led by the king in 1893.

Over time, Tarohan changed too, the fortress that surrounds the village which was once a royal city and then collapsed by an earthquake in 1936 and was followed in 1971. While some of the relics of ancient weapons from the Dutch are now beginning to be damaged by rust, and stored in homes of local residents. In the end Tarohan history, stories and Totombatu Tarapahan stored only in the minds of the indigenous elder and almost disappeared in the absence of documentation and care of the younger generation Tarohan, government and society Talaud culture lovers in Talaud. Hopefully, this worry does not happen, and stories about Tarapahan, Tarohan history and existence of unique Totombatu can be maintained from generation to generation.

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