The Baduy Tribe

I took this picture when I made a trip to the Baduy tribe - one of indigenous tribes in Indonesia.

In Banten Province, Indonesia, there is a vibrant community, living a very simple life depending mainly on rice cultivation.

Baduy is a very closed society, without the influence of foreign cultures, known as Baduy Society or the Baduy's people.

Ethnically the Baduy belong to the Sundanese ethnic group. Their racial, physical and linguistic traits bear much resemblance to the rest of the Sundanese people; however, the difference is in their way of life.

Baduy people resist foreign influences and vigorously preserve their ancient way of life, while modern Sundanese are more open to foreign influences. The Baduy are divided into two sub-groups; the Baduy Dalam (Inner Baduy), and the Baduy Luar (Outer Baduy).

No foreigners were allowed to meet the Inner Baduy, though the Outer Baduy do foster some limited contacts with the outside world. This is my visit with the Baduy tribe in my Lowa Renegades.

- Moehamad K.


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