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A tunggal panaluan is a magic staff used by shamans of the Batak people, who live in the highlands of North Sumatra, Indonesia. Traditionally the tunggal panaluan it is made from wood carved with human figures and embellished with horsehair and cooked human brain, both procured from sacrificial victims.


  • Kuiper, F. B. J., Cosmogony and Conception: A Query, History of Religions, Vol. 10, No. 2 (Nov., 1970), 91-138.
  • Winkler, J., Die Toba-Batak auf Sumatra in gesunden und kranken Tagen, American Anthropologist, New Series, Vol. 32, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec., 1930), 682-687.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 20:54:55 -0700

Tunggal Panaluan, the firing range on Nusakambangan where Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were executed. Photo: James Brickwood. Pastor Karina de Vega said the voices of all eight members of the group cut through the air. Advertisement.
Jakarta Post
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 01:37:30 -0700

Fusi, who started giving him religious assistance on Sunday. Regarding the execution location, Utomo said it was likely that the executions would be conducted at Tunggal Panaluan shooting range, which was also used for a first batch of executions on Jan.
Jakarta Post
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 19:48:45 -0700

The bodies of eight death-row inmates who were executed by firing squad on Tunggal Panaluan field on Nusakambangan Island, off Cilacap, in Central Java at 12:25 a.m. Wednesday and their corpses have been transported off the island. Antara reported ...
Jakarta Post
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:41:15 -0700

In response to a further question as to whether the executions would be held in Tunggal Panaluan shooting range, Adi said he also could not confirm that. Tunggal Panaluan was the location of the first batch of executions under President Joko "Jokowi" ...

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Jakarta Post
Wed, 29 Apr 2015 06:31:11 -0700

As his last request, Dili sought to apologize to the children of the orphanage because he could not cook for them when they visited him in prison. Oyatanze was one of eight death row inmates executed early on Wednesday at the Tunggal Panaluan shooting ...

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Fri, 15 May 2015 20:36:19 -0700

Indonesian police have arrested an officer for drug trafficking on the prison island of Nusakambangan, just weeks after Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were executed on the island for the same offence. The man, identified by Indonesian ...

News Liputan6.com

News Liputan6.com
Wed, 29 Apr 2015 08:19:30 -0700

Rodrigo dieksekusi bersama 7 terpidana mati lainnya dini hari tadi di Lapangan Tembak Tunggal Panaluan, Pulau Nusakambangan. (Taufiqurrohman/Liputan6.com). Liputan6.com, Jakarta - Kepedihan menyelimuti hati keluarga para terpidana mati yang ...

Jakarta Post

Jakarta Post
Tue, 19 Jun 2012 05:16:49 -0700

The Malaysian government has claimed seven of Indonesia's cultural products as the former's national heritage in the past five years, Education and Culture Deputy Minister Windu Nuryanti said on Tuesday. “We have, to some extent, a long history of ...

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