Baduy women wear traditional bamboo hats called 'caping' for the Kawalu ritual in Kanekes Village, Banten, on Tuesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

The Baduys Shut Themselves Off From Outside World

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

APRIL 28, 2020

The Baduy, a Sundanese ethnic group whose traditional home is located near Rangkasbitung in the province of Banten, performed the rare Kawalu ritual on Tuesday to shut themselves off from tourists and outsiders until at least the end of next month. 

Jaro Sahijah, the leader of the Outer Baduy community, said the ritual was the Baduy equivalent of the large-scale social restriction already in place in some parts of Banten.

After the Kawalu, the Baduy people will cease interacting with anyone from outside their village. Some exceptions will be made, for example doctors or midwives will be allowed to come into the village when their services are needed. 

In the Baduy village, daily activities went on as normal, no one was observing physical distancing and there was not a facemask to be seen.

The Baduys have been storing more rice in their traditional wooden barns in anticipation of a prolonged pandemic. 

The Kawalu ritual will end with the Seba Baduy, a traditional march by thousands of Baduys from the inner and outer villages to the Lebak District Head's residence in Rangkasbitung, around 40 kilometers away. 

A baduy woman carries yields at Angklung Monument in Kanekes village, Banten Province on Tuesday (28/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A Baduy woman carries farm produce near the Angklung Monument in Kanekes Village, Banten, on Tuesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A baduy woman walks in front of a banner that reads an announcement about the spread of coronavirus disease. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A Baduy woman walks past a banner warning locals about the danger of coronavirus. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A baduy man stands outside his home in Kanekes village on Tuesday (28/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A Baduy man stands outside his home in Kanekes Village. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A baduy man carries yields on his shoulder. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A Baduy man carries rice plants to his barn. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Baduy children play outside their family barn. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Baduy children play outside a rice barn. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Two baduy women carrying yields, walks through an uphill road in Kanekes villages, Banten province on Tuesday (28/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Two Baduy women carry farm produce in Kanekes Village. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Two baduy woman sort yields before store it to the barn. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Baduy women sort the rice plants before storing them in the barn. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

 

 

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