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Mandailing or Batak Mandailing is an Austronesian language spoken in Indonesia, the northern island of Sumatra. It is spoken mainly in Mandailing Natal Regency, North Padang Lawas Regency, Padang Lawas Regency, and eastern parts of Labuhan Batu Regency, North Labuhan Batu Regency, South Labuhan Batu Regency and northwestern parts of Riau Province. It is written using the Latin script but historically used Batak script.
Mandailing literary art is transmitted through a distinctive tradition, for example through the following media: 
1. Marturi Tradition tells the story in the social context Mandailing is done verbally. Stories are transmitted from generation to generation. The plot uses advanced grooves and a lot of content about manners.
2. Ende Ungut-Ungut Distinguished Differentiated on the theme. Ende is an expression of the heart, a change due to various things, such as the misery of life due to death, abandonment, and others. It also contains knowledge, advice, moral teachings, kinship system, and so on. Ende laments use the pattern of rhymes with ab-ab or aa-aa. Attachments usually use a lot of plant names, because the language leaves.
Some of the literary milestones that developed in the colonial period include:
1.Willem Iskander (1840-1876) wrote the book
2. Soetan Martua Raja (Siregar). He was born from an aristocratic family in Bagas Lombang Sipirok, an educated HIS, an elite school in Pematang Siantar. His work is:
3. Soetan Hasoendoetan (Sipahutar), novelist and journalist. His works:
4. Mangaradja Goenoeng Sorik Marapi, wrote the book “Turian-turian ni Raja Gorga di Langit dohot Raja Suasa di Portibi.” This book is published Pustaka Murni, Pematang Siantar titled 1914.
5.Sutan Pangurabaan. His work, "Ampang Limo Bapole." (1930), "Parkalaan Tondoeng" (1937), "Parpadanan" (1930), and a Malay book "Mentjapai Doenia Baroe" (1934). In addition to books written by Willem Iskander, his books also became a reading book for colonial school.
6. Soetan Habiaran Siregar explores the languages, dances, and songs that come from Angkola-Mandailing. He writes several royalties, among others: : “Turi-turian ni Tunggal Panaluan”, “Panangkok Saring-Saring tu Tambak na Timbo” (1983), and others. In addition, he also made a composition of songs made using the composition of cha-cha rhythmic beat.
In addition to Mandailing Angkola's literary language, it is important to note the growth of Malay-language Indonesian literature but by adopting local color. For example the novel "Azab dan Sengsara" (1921) written by Merari Siregar. This novel lifts contextual customs and cultures such as forced marriage, inheritance, kinship relations, and the local traditions of Mandailing-Angkola.
Contemporary Mandailing literature is no longer developed since pre-independence, as the changing national education curriculum using the National language by itself erodes the use of Mandailing languages.
Literature in lyrics and musical drama Mandailing language include:
Based on the classification of language offered by Slamet Mulyana, the Mandailing Language includes the Austronesian language family. Pangaduan Lubis is argued that in the Mandailing language there are five languages of each vocabulary different from each other:
1 Hata somal is the variety of language that is used in everyday life.
2. Hata andung is a variety of literary languages used in the tradition of mangandung (wailing) at traditional ceremonies of marriage or death.
3. Hata teas dohot jampolak is the kind of language used in quarrels or berate.
4 Hata si baso is a variety of languages used specifically by the baso (figure shaman) or datu.
5. Hata parkapur is the kind of language that Mandailing people used in the past when they searched for camphor.
Examples of vocabulary:
|English||Indonesia||Hata somal||Hata andung||Hata teas||Hata si baso||Hata parkapur|
|Betel leaf||Daun sirih||Burangir||Simanggurak||-||Situngguk|
In the past Mandailing people also had a particular communication tool or kind of language called Hata bulung-bulung (foliage language). This language is not a symbol of sound but uses the leaves of plants as a symbol.
|Mandailing language test of Wikipedia at Wikimedia Incubator|