King of the Batin 5

C. With Datuk Rio Kasim.
Pak (Mr.) Kasim is a very friendly man and enjoys conversations with visitors.

In the village of Rantau Panjang there lives an 87 year old man who holds tremendous influence, and the man’s name is Pak (Mr.) Kasim. Pak Kasim was given the title of Datuk Rio Kasim over 25 years ago. Through a community election process, Pak Kasim was elected Rio during 5 successive elections, with each duration in office lasting 5 years. The position of Rio is held by people who have the ability to lead the community in custom and cultural laws and regulations.

The word Datuk means grandfather, and is also a title given to the oldest man in a family clan, as well as to men who hold a high social position. In previous ages the title Rio was given to men who held the position as a raja kecil (small king) over a village.

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This is our translation of a legend from the Jambi Province.

Legends of the Batin V

A Batin Man

A Batin Man

Below is one of the often repeated stories of the Batin V people. We discovered three other legends associated with the Batin V and they accessed by clicking the following three links:

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The History and

Social Order of the Batin V

Batin woman with a traditional head covering, which they call a takuluk.

Batin woman with a traditional head covering, which they call a takuluk.


Batin V

According to oral history, the Batin V association of villages were said to have originated from 60 families that moved from the ancient Village of Koto Rayo. The original Village of Koto Rayo is located 7 kilometers downstream on the Tabir River from the Village of Rantau Limau Manis. Because the ancient Village of Koto Rayo is uninhabited, its name was transferred to another village just north of Rantau Panjang several years ago. Koto Rayo’s current location can be seen with this link.

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