Today there are more than six million Bataks, and their lands extend 200km north and 300km south of Danau Toba (danau means lake in the Indonesian language). Many Bataks have now converted to Islam or christianity.
A feature of the Batak areas around Lake Toba are the tombs, both ancient and modern, which seem to crown every hillside, giving their inhabitants, perhaps, the same views in death that they would have enjoyed in life.
The older tombs can be seen all over Samosir. The tomb of King Sidabutar, near Tomok, is probably the most visited. Another site for Batak stone carving is the "Stone Court Of Kings" near Amberita, a whole courtyard of stone chairs and benches where important matters were once discussed and war councils and criminal trials were held.
Nearby is a stone block where enemies and convicts were beheaded as recently as 1900. Those unfortunates' last view of this world was, at least, a pretty one as Amberita is an idyllic spot.