Baduy Village

All pictures are taken with Minolta SRTX-100x analogue camera without any digitally retouched using Lucky ISO 100 35mm black & white Film. Short journey to Baduy Village, West Java on December 11, 2011. The Baduy people of West Java have for centuries led lives that are deliberately cut off from the world; lives governed by mystical taboos and rituals. And yet, they are self-sufficient and not much afflicted by modernity.

Though the villages are almost hidden from the outside world and their taboos prevent the villagers from modernity, the Baduy are sociable and engaging. They will always welcome you heartedly. It’s easy to put together a unique experience that will satisfy the adventuring hopes of just about any traveler. Outer Baduys may be more open to outsiders, but their children are still very shy with strangers. Unlike the adults, the kids are not yet familiar with the concept of money. What they love more are candies, which they happily receive from visitors.

Leading lives that are barely affected by modernisation, Baduy children don’t go to school. But they do benefit from a kind of education – at least, that’s what the Baduy elders always say – by staying as close as they do to nature. The Baduy children’s favourite (and most easily accessible) source of entertainment is drawing pictures in the ground. Showing evidence of outside influences, they sometimes scratch out images of TVs or mobile phones in the dirt. When not occupied with play, they lend a hand to their parents, tilling the rice fields or weaving fabrics to wear or sell.

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