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An example of Silaban family tree of the Toba Batak people.
A Pitu Raja Ambarita version of Tarombo.

Tarombo is a term for 'genealogy' in Batak culture/language.[1] The Batak believe that they all come from the same ancestor: Siraja Batak, the Batak Patriarch.[2] They kept the genealogy line tracing back to this ancestor, called Tarombo Batak. Its origins however have been clouded with legends.


  1. ^ B. K. Marpaung (1954). Buku Pusaka Tarombo Batak. Raja. OCLC 559425.
  2. ^ Jan S. Aritonang (1994). Mission Schools in Batakland (Indonesia): 1861–1940. BRILL. ISBN 90-04-09967-0.