West Java : Baduy Tribe Where Technology Doesn’t Count

July 1st, 2016 | by TheJourneyMagz
West Java : Baduy Tribe Where Technology Doesn’t Count
Adventure Travel

Little more than three hours away from Jakarta there is a traditional community that has turned their back away from modern technology. They don’t own phones, use the Internet, wear shoes or listen to the radio. Living in voluntary isolation they are a secretive group who turn away outsiders. This group lives close to the city of Banten and they are known as the Baduy people.


Generally, the Baduy are divided into two groups; the Baduy Dalam and the Baduy Luar. In my opinion the Baduy Luar act as a buffer zone to stop visitors from entering the Sacred Inner circle, the Baduy Dalam. Even though both groups are barefoot, it is so easy to differentiate them. Baduy Dalam wear white and black cloth as clothing (all their clothes are handmade), meanwhile Baduy Luar wear black and cloth just like us. Some people say that the black cloth the Baduy Luar people wear is an indication that they are not pure anymore, that they are ‘breaking some rules’ of the community, such as their willingness to accept modern influence into their daily lives.

This community, is quite famous as a weekend gateway for people who live in Jakarta, but it is not for them who want beaches, sea and loads of holiday snapshots. The Baduy Dalam people think that taking photos is taboo and have nothing to do with modern technology. It used to be prohibited for visitors to stay overnight in Baduy Dalam, but nowadays it is possible, as long as you get someone from Baduy Luar who can recommend you to one of the people from Baduy Dalam that is!



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