This Sigale-gale wooden puppet is frequently used for traditional rituals, and the local belief that it can move on its own through some kind of magical force from the ancestral spirits.
The lower part of a traditional batak house is used as a animal pen to keep cattle such as buffalos or pigs.
Originally, the roof of traditional batak houses is made of palm fibers. Since palm fibers are hard to find, nowadays these traditional houses uses iron sheeting.
The name Samosir originated from a local legend on the creation of Lake Toba. Legend has it that Samosir was once the son of the water Princess who turned into an island when his father broke his vow.