5 Suku Misterius & Terancam Punah di Indonesia

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Sowayen climbing down a “yambim” or ironwood tree after knocking loose a nest of black ants that he uses for fish bait. The Korowai are superb climbers, and get up thick trees like this by gripping vines with their hands and splayed toes. It took him about a minute to get up this tree, and it took Neeld Messler, a rope expert, over an hour to rig this tree with ropes so the photographer could climb it safely. In the lower left corner Sayah is watching. One of their fishing methods is to put a piece of an ant nest in the water and wait for the fish to come and eat the drowning ants. The fisherman hides behind foliage on the river bank, and shoots the fish with a four-pointed arrow. This picture was taken as part of an expedition for GEO Magazine and National Geographic Magazine to document the way of life of the Korowai tribe. Most of the Korowai in these photos had never had prior contact with anyone outside of their language group, and have no material goods from the outside world. They live in tree houses built above the forest floor to protect themselves from outsiders. The Korowai believe that contact with outsiders will bring an end to their culture. Cannibalism has been part of their traditional system of criminal justice to avenge the death of their clansmen, but the practice is dying out and is outlawed by the Indonesian government. The Korowai believe that most natural deaths are caused by sorcery, and must be avenged by the death (and consumption) of the person responsible.

BEBERAPA waktu lalu Indonesia dihebohkan dengan penampakan Suku Mante di hutan Aceh. Kejadian ini terekam oleh kamera seorang raider komunitas motor trail yang sedang melakukan kegiatan touring. Video rekamannya viral di media sosial seperti Instagram dan Facebook.

Bahkan jadi trending utama di Youtube dengan jumlah penonton sekitar 2 juta. Video tersebut diunggah ke Youtube oleh Fredo Prastana melalui Channel Youtube pribadinya yaitu Fredography, tanggal 22 Maret 2017. Sampai saat ini jumlah penonton video penampakan Suku Mante tersebut terus bertambah hingga mencapai sekitar 10 juta penonton.

Bacaan Lainnya

Ternyata selain Suku Mante, di Indonesia terdapat suku-suku primitif lain, yang memiliki populasi sangat sedikit, tinggal di dalam hutan terisolir dari dunia luar, hidup dengan cara nomaden (Berpindah-pindah), dan bahkan seringkali dikira sudah punah.

1. Suku Mante di Aceh

Arkeolog Universitas Syah Kuala, DR Husaini Ibrahim, M.A menceritakan asal muasal Suku Mante di Aceh. Berdasarkan literasi sejarah, Suku Mante termasuk suku bangsa melayu kuno yang diperkirakan datang ke Aceh sejak 3 ribu tahun sebelum Masehi. Berdasarkan pernyataan Husaini, suku ini berasal dari Campha, Kamboja.

Sejak dulu, diketahui Suku Mante suka menyendiri di hutan. Awalnya, Suku Mante mendiami hutan di kawasan Aceh Besar daerah Jantho. Kemudian menyebar ke sejumlah hutan di Aceh seperti Tangse, Geumpang, Pidie dan Aceh Tengah. Setelah masuknya Islam pada abad ke-3, sebagian Suku Mante ada yang memeluk agama Islam. Sebagiannya lagi menolak, memilih melarikan diri dan mengasingkan diri ke dalam hutan.

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