The Jakarta Post
This bamboo bridge made by the Baduy people is used to gain access to the Gajebo kampung, Baduy cultural village, Leuwidamar district, Lebak regency, Banten. (kompas.com/Anggita Muslimah)
An operation to destroy all modern items has been conducted in remote parts of Lebak regency in Banten, which is home to the Baduy tribe.
"The customary operation was conducted over the past week by visiting each home," said one of the locals, Santa, 45, on Thursday as quoted by Antara.
The Baduy tribe has to adhere to customary laws that ban the use of modern items, including motorcycles and four-wheel vehicles.
The operation is said to have involved dozens of Baduy Dalam (Inner Baduy) and Baduy Penamping (Outer Baduy) on the orders of tribal leaders.
All modern items found during the operation were destroyed.
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If the item is a vehicle, the committee will coordinate with police officers who may confiscate it if it belongs to a Baduy based on the vehicle registration document (STNK) and vehicle ownership documents (BPKB).
As part of its custom, Baduy villagers are not allowed to own household goods such as glasses, plates, teapots, spoons, forks and mattresses.
"There is nothing we can do about it if our household goods are destroyed during the operation," said tribe member Sarpin.
"We all accept that these items must be destroyed because they are against customary rules," added Santa. (kes)