Language: Karo Batak
Source: Kreemer, 1922


Sukul nganga is the Karo Batak name for a type of forked hilt of northern Sumatra.1

In the original Dutch:

"Oelèë babah boeja (G: sěrampang, Alas: soekeol ngangö) = heft als een "krokodillenmuil", of als een "harpoen" of als een "wijd openstaande bek". Zulk een gevest is bijv. typisch voor de Gajōsche amanremŏe." 2

-J. Kreemer, 1922

Kreemer likens it to an open crocodile mouth, a harpoon, or a wide-opened beak.
He adds that it is typical for the amanremu sword of Gajo.


Sukul nganga hilt

A typical sukul nganga on a Batak kalasan sword.
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1. See Albert van Zonneveld; Traditional weapons of the Indonesian archipelago. C. Zwartenkot Art Books, Leiden. Page 130. Original source: J. Kreemer; Algemeen samenvattend overzicht van land en volk van Atjèh. Vol 1. Page 293.

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