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Baduy Fire Wood Storage2

Endangered Guardians of the Sacred Forest: the Kanekes Community 2

I encountered the Kanekes or Baduy forest-dwellers in 2010. Ethnically, the Kanekes are Sundanese; linguistically, they speak an archaic Sundanese dialect. The group’s origins, which dwell within a sacrosanct primeval forest area, remain mysterious. They have occupied their ancestral domain (tanah hak ulayat[1]) for at least 500 years and most likely longer. Remarkably, they are […]