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Batak Churches
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[German Version]

The Batak churches of northern Sumatra essentially go back to the initiative of the Rhenish Mission (United Evangelical Mission), which started working there in 1861. The first missionaries, J.H. Meerwaldt and especially I.L. Nommensen, strove to strip the traditional legal and moral system ( Adat ) of its religious elements, in order that it might be integrated into the church order as “civil law.” As a result, particularly strong bonds with the traditions of a small-scale society became the typical characteristic of the Ba…

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Becker, Dieter, “Batak Churches”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_01567>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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