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Jakarta Post

Tribal groups combine rituals, protocols to banish virus

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 18 2020   /  01:00 am
Taken in October 15, 2017, Baduy people do their activities in Kanekes village which has been declared as cultural conservation area.(Shutterstock/ Learnmoreandmore)

As countries around the world continue the long struggle to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Baduy tribe, which lives in a remote area of Lebak regency, Banten, has reportedly not been affected by the virus. “We require everyone to implement the 3M health protocols,” said Kanekes village head Jaro Saija on Wednesday, as quoted by, referring to the government’s campaign – alliterative in Indonesian – encouraging mask-wearing, hand-washing and social distancing. In May, the tribe observed the traditional kawalu ritual for three months. During the ritual, the settlement of approximately 11,600 people allowed no one to enter, as villagers continued with their lives farming, beekeeping, cultivating palm sugar and weaving traditional textiles by hand.  The residents were also prohibited from leaving the village. Tribe mem...