He is the 19th Emperor of the Minangkabau area. This area is ruled by many traditional rulers.
The paramount rulers are 3 of the religion, tradition and the worldly life. This Emperor is the last one and also the main ruler.
The Empire really ceased to exist as existing monarchy in 1833, although some branches were allowed to rule in litle areas nearby.
A branch of the dynasty is also the rulers of Negri Sembilan in malaysia.
A rather important person in the rea tries to explain his opinion about the rights his claim on the Emperor's dignity as well.
Sutan Taufik Thaib is until now actually the most traditionally recognized monarch here. The succesion goes from male monarch to son of his sister.
Hopefully the recently burned palace will be built up.
Pusat Dokumentasi Kerajaan-kerajaan Indonesia "Pusaka"
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