This is wonderful Bakat Tribal Hand Etched Bamboo Calendar and Divination Charts from Sumatra. From the Batak people of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia come calendars rich in ancient lore. The Batak are one of the few cannibalistic peoples known to have a written language. During the 12th and 13th centuries traders arriving from the Asia subcontinent converted the Batak to Islam. Rather than abandoning their belief systems, they were integrated into their new faith. This bamboo calendar is one manifestation of this phenomenon. This grill serves as support for among other things a number of particular signs and tokens for persons using it. The calendars are typically inscribed as a table consisting of 30 columns (the days) and 12-13 lines (the month). Each square thus represents a single day, and each contains a symbol that denotes the day’s propitious significance, much as a daily horoscope seeks to summarize what each day will bring. Of all the textual forms, calendars are probably the only Batak manuscript form that remains in use today. The bone piece at the top is decorated with different astrological signs or designs. This would be wonderful decor for your home or to give as a gift.
6" long x 4" around
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