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Mentawai - beautiful and mysterious primitive tribe of Indonesia!

Mentawai - beautiful and mysterious primitive tribe of Indonesia!

Though we live in the era of urbanization and super technologies, there are still a dozen primitive tribes on the planet. One such tribe can be found in Indonesia. Thanks to a photographer from Malaysia we have a marvelous chance to learn about their everyday life and traditions!


These people live isolated lives amid jungles on Mentawai islands, far away from cities or any other signs of civilization. They are an indigenous population of Indonesia and one of the current 300 ethnic groups of the country.

Mentawai people have always been isolated from the outer world and this fact, perhaps, explains why this primitive society has maintained its traditional culture. These people still do the same as their ancestors. They fish, gather bananas and raise domesticated animals. Their life mode is simple and doesn’t change over the course of time.

Mentawai people believe in spirits of nature, tell fortunes by guts of animals, and worship the sacred old man Teteu, the ferocious god of earthquakes. They tattoo their bodies and even file their teeth. Both procedures are quite painful, but all this is for the sake of beauty!

The Malaysian photographer, Mohammed Saleh Bin Dollah, got a wonderful opportunity to spend a month with the Mentawai tribe and here are his best pictures taken during his stay there.

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Have you ever heard about this primitive tribe? Tell us in the comments below!

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Andrew Eger
Never heard of them until now
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Apr 27, 2016 8:35PM
Yolanda Solis
Didn't know they existed.
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Apr 27, 2016 8:39PM
Karen Eady Rimbert
Is it possible for anyone to visit these people?
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Apr 27, 2016 8:39PM
Julie Henson
Julie Henson
I have not herd of this tribe. But have of tribes with some similar customs. Although never the tooth filing.
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Apr 27, 2016 8:44PM
Purita Fleschhut
Just wondering how you could communicate with them. By signs?
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Apr 27, 2016 8:51PM
debfranzone
Cool I've seen/heard about quite a few of these tribes by watching National Goegraphic, History and Discovery channels
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Apr 27, 2016 8:57PM
Jeannie Fontana
So they wear clothes, smoke and wear jewelry, odd.
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Apr 27, 2016 9:03PM
Jessica Wells
Jessica Wells
Beautiful people at every age.
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Apr 27, 2016 9:03PM
Carl Van Hove
Interesting. Thanks .
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Apr 27, 2016 9:07PM
Bob Plocharczyk
Fascinating
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Apr 27, 2016 9:14PM
Nancy Paquette Lussier
I'd like to know of any illnesses or problems with Autism or ADD.
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Apr 27, 2016 9:21PM
Sandy Sela-Smith
Sandy Sela-Smith
Interesting; they live in primitive ways, and yet, they smoke cigarretts and have rifles. I wonder why these were the things they picked up from the "advanced" culture. It seems a shame.
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Apr 27, 2016 9:27PM
EA Adoracion
sure I've heard of Mentawai .. and there are some more isolated tribes in Indonesia who live today like their ancestor did centuries ago, like the Baduiy people in West Java, the Dayaks in Kalimantan, the Kubu/Lubu tribe in Sumatra or the many Papua tribes in Irian Jaya ...
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Apr 27, 2016 9:29PM
William M. Crotty
William M. Crotty
I'm interested to know how they came about aquiring guns and then learn how to use them. Is it a result of WWII? Amazing photography.
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Apr 27, 2016 9:29PM
Cyndy Mykkanen
Remarkable culture !
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Apr 27, 2016 9:33PM

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