The 8-10 million Bataks of northern Sumatra are one of Indonesia's most important and
intriguing groups. They have clearly been in Sumatra for thousands of years. They have
attracted a large number of studies of religion and missiology, and a few good ethnological
and language studies. Yet they remain a people without history. It seems a classic case of Eric
Wolf’s argument, in Europe and the People Without history, that the neglect of the history of
such stateless people was not just an...[Show more]
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