A ship rested at Kupang’s beach.


Baduy people (1)

Neda agungnya paralun

neda panjangnya hampura

bisi nebuk sisikuna

bisi nincak loronganana


aing dek nyaritakeun

urang Baduy

mohon ampun sebesarnya (I would like to ask forgiveness)

mohon maaf selalu (always asking your apology)

bila menyentuh intinya (if touching the essence)

bila menginjak larangannya (if step into the sacred borders)

akan kuceritakan (I will tell)

tentang Orang Baduy (about Baduy people)

The Baduy (or Badui), who call themselves Kanekes, are an indigenous people living in the western part of the province Banten, near Rangkasbitung. Their population of 11,700 is centered in the Kendeng mountains at an elevation of 300-500 meters above sea level.

Ethnically the Baduys belong to the Sundanese ethnic group. Their racial, physical and linguistic traits bear much resemblance to the rest of the Sundanese people; however, the difference is in their way of life. Baduy people resist foreign influences and vigorously preserve their ancient way of life,

The Baduy are divided into two sub-groups; the Baduy Dalam (Inner Baduy), and the Baduy Luar (Outer Baduy). No foreigners were allowed to meet the Inner Baduy, though the Outer Baduy do foster some limited contacts with the outside world. The origin of the word Baduy may come from the term “Bedouin”, although other sources claim the source is a name of a local river.