About a week ago my friends and I had a trip to Baduy Village, a famous tribe in the way they are living, at least in Indonesia.
Depart from Tanah Abang Train Station Jakarta at 7.50 am, we were headed to Rangkas Bitung, a small town in west Java.
A young modern Baduy boy named Mulyono waited for us in the Rangkas Bitung Train Station,
then, directly together by a rented car we headed to Ciboleger Village.
In about an hour and a half we arrived at that village, the last village that still have a road and modern store..
Once we were arrived there, we suddenly can notice the difference between the modern tribes, outer Baduy and inner Baduy. They are so different compare to us, in the way they use their clothes, the structure of their body, and the color of their eyes. Compare to the most of Indonesians who usually have dark brown eyes, they are lighter! ..and they use no sandals nor shoes..
If we asked them to take their picture, they will change their clothes to black, while usually, in their daily life, they only use white. But be careful, not all Baduy give permission for you to take picture, especially the inner baduy. Unlike outer Baduy, they will not give you any chance to take their picture, because they believe, letting someone taking picture of them means they letting you to steal their live.
In Ciboleger village we tried to full fill the stomach with whatever served in the local restaurant before we went to the outer baduy village by foot.
The first outer baduy village is Kedukketuk, Mulyono said, it is count as one of the oldest outer Baduy Village, all the house are set in order, and clean.
After about an hour we finally arrived at BalingBing, the second outer Baduy village the village where we plan to spent the night.
The owner of the house, Pak Sarpin (Mr.Sarpin), the father of Mulyono, warmly welcomed us while Bu Sarpin (Mrs Sarpin) directly served us drinks.
We were lucky, because at that time there were also some guy from Social ministry visited them, they were planning to donate Rp140.000 each month for each child , but, in return, the parents have to give complete information about their child, and should allowed them to take the picture of the child.
They also tell the story about the history of Baduy, how they come from, how they live their life until today.
Unlike any other Indonesian Tribes, Baduy live in a different way, inner Baduy totally reject everything that is not natural, they avoid to use ceramic, phone, TV, shampoo, soap, or even electricity and sandals. They even reject modern clothes, they only use a special one that is made by their tribes, probably without any artificial color.
Some part of myself agree, because lots of thing, if they allowed it to come, it will change their live dramatically. If they allowed soap to be used, they will not able to keep the river clean. But some other part of my self not agree. They avoid to go to school, or learn how to write, or even using a transportation vehicle to take themselves to other part of the country. Yes, they walk! to everywhere, even to Jakarta that need two days walk.
After some chit and chat, we decide to take a walk to the neighbor village, this time Sumarno, the youngest boy, 9 years old, guided us.
With him guided us, we went to Gasebo Village, the nearest one we can reach before the sun went down. On the way there, there are so many beauties that we can see. The very huge Bamboo Trees, the river, or even only a guy bring the fruit from the inner to the outer.
But the most beautiful moment, at least for me, were when we arrived in the Gasebo Village and taking picture of a GrandMa who happily worked and warmly welcomed us.
Our journey that day was ended, when we reached a traditional bridge that were made from Bamboo, the first bridge that separate us from the Inner Baduy. And we should go back to Pak Sarpin house before the sun was completely down.
Finally we arrived back to Pak Sarpin house, and luckily can have dinner using a traditional oil lamp.
before it’s completely dark.
The next day we went to the inner Baduy, where unfortunately we could not took any picture, even the picture of the plants 🙂
Just for your information, it will take around 3 hours to reach inner Baduy, and the path is good only for climbers 🙂
I’m not a good writer nor a good photographer, but I really wish that this story can give a lot to you, how lucky we are to be able to live modernly, to be able to go to school, but in the same way we should also appreciate their local wisdom, how humble they are, and how tough they try to appreciate the nature so they are willing to live in the way they live now, without any detergent that they believe can ruins the water and the soil..
Ok then, bye for now.. 🙂