Toar Lumimuut - the origin of Minahasa ancestors

The origin of Minahasan ancestors

Minahasan people of north Sulawesi believe To’ar and Lumimu’ut are their ancestors. After reading some versions, finally  the story goes like this:

In the beginning, the ground, however, was soft and slippery. Then a great rock began to sweat from the heat and produced a beautiful woman known as Karema (ketare ne ama = the beginner of ancestors) and became a wali’an (Minahasan tribal priest). She took a handful earth, which she threw on the sea to the great god, saying, “Let a great land arise where I can live.” Read MORE…

logominahasa Smiling Land ToursThe historical process of ethnonimous Minahasa

The history shows us that the Spaniards called Minahasan  as “Batasiana”, means “highlander”. It’s the way the Spanish pronounced the statement “Wata’ Esa Ene”, traditionally regarded as Watu Penawetengan resolution of unity. In conversation with B. Palar he explained that H. van Kol wrote Wata’ = bold men (means waraney or warriors in Minahasa), Esa = one, Ene = yes (means forever in Tombulu’ language). In the Minahasan context it implies, “They all agree about one particular matter through democratic process, and as a decision is unanimous, everyone supports it whatever will be”. Accordingly, we can interpret it as “Waraney are one yes, one forever”. It seems that this spirit must be living significantly in Minahasan  living during their occupation. No wonder, Pastor Blas Palomino OFM explained that “Batasiana” was the people who bounded, unified, and livened up by unanimity, solidarity and loyalty. Read MORE…