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Young Generation of Baduy

Baduy’s Honey Road

The Baduy (or Badui), who call themselves Kanekes, are a traditional community living in the western part of the Indonesian province of Banten, near Rangkasbitung. Their population of between 5,000 and 8,000 is centered in the Kendeng mountains at an elevation of 300-500 meters (975′-1,625′) above sea level. Their homeland in Banten, Java is contained in just 50 km² (20 sq. miles) of hilly fores.

Members of the Baduy tribe safeguard their traditional ways of life by resisting any form of modernity. They obey the entire set of custom, including traditional prohibitions.

Among others, prohibitions include smoking, committing crimes like fighting and killing, divorce and traveling by transportation.

Otherwise, that rule doesn’t make three teenagers to give up for adding their experiences in Jakarta, Sanip (26), Zakri (26) and Sarip (32). They had to go on foot, and passed 14 rivers, 67 villages, and 2 railway stations. They walked to Jakarta, Indonesia’ capital’s city, during three days, about 200 kilometers down the road. Surely, walk barefoot.

Zakri (L) dan Sarip (R) prepare for journey. They use traditional cloth to make backpack.

Zakri, Sanip and Sarip cross the river. they pass 14 rivers in their journey to Jakarta.

 

Three of young Baduy walk between villager's buffalos.

 

Zakri (centre) drinks soft drink when three of them rest in the stall.

 

 

 

Sanip stop walking when the Economic Train passing on the railway track.

 

Sanip, Zakri, and Sarip (L-R) walk in front of Sogo store at Pondok Indah Mall.

Photographer: Ahmad Zamroni for National Geographic Indonesia Magazine

 

Baduy’s Honey Road, Print Version

© All images copyright Ahmad Zamroni 2010, may not be reproduced or distributed without express written permission from the author.

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4 Comments
  • roni

    Silahkan Bung Rifki, tapi saya mohon tidak satu bagian penuh dari artikel dan hanya berupa ‘post’, terima kasih dan sukses slalu buat Rakata 🙂

    May 3, 2010 at 6:27 am
  • roni

    Silahkan Bung Rifki, tapi saya mohon tidak satu bagian penuh dari artikel dan hanya berupa ‘post’, terima kasih dan sukses slalu buat Rakata 🙂

    May 3, 2010 at 6:27 am
  • Rifki Luthfi

    Very fantastic pictures, I wish I could have these kind of pictures of the Baduy. Do you mind if I promote your blog?

    April 30, 2010 at 9:53 am
  • Rifki Luthfi

    Very fantastic pictures, I wish I could have these kind of pictures of the Baduy. Do you mind if I promote your blog?

    April 30, 2010 at 9:53 am

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