National Geographic : 1930 Feb
© National Geographic Society Autochrome byW. Robert Moore EACH BATAK VILLAGE HAS ITS COURT AND MARKET SQUARE The structure in the foreground is used for native trials and public meetings, and on trading days bartergoes on around it.Inthe gables are intri cately woven designs of bamboo. The horned heads decorating the roofs indicate the number of animals slaughtered when the building was completed. They recall the ancient legend of the victory of the buffalo, champion of the Sumatrans, over the tiger, chosen fighter ofthe Javanese, inabattle to settle supremacy between the two peoples.