Bara Sangihe
A Bara Sangihe sword, 1925.
Place of originIndonesia (North Sulawesi)
Service history
Used bySangirese people
Lengthoverall length: approx. 100–150 cm (39–59 in)

Blade typeSplit-tip single edged
Hilt typeWood

The Bara Sangihe (or as it is also known locally as Pedang Bara Sangihe) sword originates from North Sulawesi, Indonesia.


The word bara means "sword" in Sangirese language,[1] therefore it literally means "Sangirese sword". The Bara Sangihe is known for its unique shaped blade that resembles a crocodile[2] or a beak of a bird with serrations. The shape of its handle also splits into two,[3] is made of wood, carved with traditional Sangirese motifs.[4] It is also said that the Bara Sangihe is one of the weapons used by a local warrior from North Sulawesi, Hengkeng U Nang, born in 1590.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Proyek Inventarisasi dan Dokumentasi Kebudayaan Daerah (Indonesia)". Adat istiadat daerah Sulawesi Utara. Departemen Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan, Proyek Inventarisasi dan Dokumentasi Kebudayaan Daerah. 1983. p. 191. OCLC 14233056.
  2. ^ Dwi Fajar Sejati (2022). Dini & Sigit (ed.). TOP MASTER RPUL untuk SD/MI Kelas 4, 5, & 6. Bmedia. p. 127.
  3. ^ Afdal Hasan (13 July 2023). "Mengagumi 4 Senjata Tradisional Sulawesi Utara, Konon Sudah Ada 5.000 Tahun Silam". Good News From Indonesia. Archived from the original on 11 November 2023. Retrieved 11 November 2023.
  4. ^ "Kehebatan Pedang Bara Sangihe dari Sulawesi Utara". Indonesia Kaya. Archived from the original on 11 November 2023. Retrieved 11 November 2023.
  5. ^ Dian Kristiani (2019). 365 HARI KELILING NUSANTARA. BIP (Bhuana Ilmu Populer). p. 326. ISBN 978-62-321-6713-1.