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Minangkabau – West Sumatera

Posted on 28 May, 2007. Filed under: Travel | Tags: , , |

Rumah Gadang Pagar Ruyung

Rumah Gadang

Minangkabau the greatest name of the Western of Sumatera (Sumatera Barat) to the most of people in another name of Pariangan Kingdom, established in the middle of twelve Century (1339), situated in the Southern East Slope of Merapi Volcano. This cannot be argued since the history of Minangkabau nature itself is a “Tambo” which is comfirmed by the Minangkabau people up to this time.

Most people said that “Tambo” of Minangkabau contained only fiction and so too said that it is only contained 2% the truth, while 98% is a mythologi. Most people nowadays interprets that, the name of Minangkabau formally derived from the Bull Fighting tradition, which was begun with the fight of two buffalos, one from Swarnadwipa (Java) and the other from Pariangan, Swarnabhumi (Andalas). At that time the winner was the buffalo from Pariangan, there fore the land was named Minangkabau. “Minang” was interpreted as Menang or Win and “Kabau” is the name for buffalo in West Sumatera word.

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