Air Panas Panabungan

Air Panas Panabungan is considered to be the mother of all hot springs in Tarutung. the water is almost boiling and contains much sulphur.The pool where the water comes out of the ground is approximately 10x10 m and surrounded by rocks colored by sulphur. One meter from the pool is a small stream into which teh hot water enters.

In this stream it is nice to take a bath. Air Panas Panabungan is sacred, as it is the home of the descendents of Boru Situmandi, i.e snakes. The snakes in this area are never disturbed or jilled. the sulphur can only be used for good purposes. The spirit of the hot spring has forbidden all collecting of sulphur for business reasons, except for members of the Hutabarat clan.

It was said that there were members of other clan collect the sulphur, and they said if it was for medicinal use, but the reason as pure business. Then they left with the collected sulphur, they walked up-hill through the forest. When they talked about how much money they would make, the sulphur suddenly started to burn and they died.

The spirit of teh hot spring punished them in this way. Until today nothing can grow where it happened. Wild boar and birds often die there

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