My Family Expedition To Baduy Dalam

In the morning Saturday 13 of July 2009, we left our home in Jakarta , around 07.30, to Baduy for a family expedition. We went to Serang via Jakarta-Anyer Toll road, then to Pandeglang and Serang. I drove the car with a total of five passengers.

We met with Pak Agus and Pak Wahyudin at Serang. Pak Agus was the person who I contacted before to plan the trip. Pak Agus is a tour guide coordinator for people who like to go to Baduy Dalam. Since Pak Agus was very busy with other guest at that time, he gave his brother Pak Wahyudin to accompany and to guide us to Baduy.

We arrived at Serang around ten o’clock in the morning and continue with Pak Wahyudin to Ciboleger. Ciboleger is the last village that can be reached by car before we enter to Baduy village.

The above picture is the situation of the Ciboleger bus terminal. We parked our car here. Whe we arrived at Ciboleger we took a rest by having lunch at Pak Wahyudin food stall or warung nasi and we wait until the sun a little bit down before we start walking to Baduy Dalam.

We selected only important things and clothes to bring with us in trekking to Baduy such as the flash light, water, hat and candies. We took porter some Baduy people to help us carrying our logistics to Baduy Dalam ( Inner baduy ).

We started trekking or walk around 2.30 in the afternoon. We would go pass two Baduy Luar village and accross the jungle to reach the Badfuy Dalam. The most outer village is Kadu Ketu village , it was about 200 meter from Ciboleger. At Kadu Ketu village we met with Jarog the head of village to report that we intend to make a trip to Baduy Dalam. In the trip we were guided by Pak Wahyudin and helped by two porter of Baduy Dalam people. On the above picture there was a sign that tell us what can and what we can not do during in the Baduy Dalam. We could not take photo, and could not use mobile phone, tooth paste and soap there.

This is the last photo we could take before we entered the jungle into Baduy Dalam. In the picture I was with my three daughters on my right and Pak Wahyudin in the back. The photo was taken by my wife. See the three Badu dalam indigeneous people with their typical cloths, only blck or white clothes. This is the place after we passed two villages of Baduy Luar that were Kadu Ketu and Kadu Keter villages. We have completed about four kilometer walk and still about 12 kilometer to go to Baduy Dalam.

We arrived at Baduy Dalam, the Cibeo village, around 7 o’clock in the evening and the day was already dark. We walked in the dark, in the jungle, around one hour with the up and down terrain. In Cibeo village we stayed at the house of the local Baduy Dalam people. During the night we spent the time with talking and discussion learning about Baduy culture and customs. We learned a lot about them.

We slept on the wood floor and the house that was a bit elevated. They made a fire and stove inside their wood house. It was interesting things for us. During the night the village was very quiet and dark. No electricity inside and iutside the house, so the battery flash light was important. If we need toilet we have to go down to a small creek, and certainly we need the flash light.

In the early morning around 4.30, we were waken up by the strong sound of the cocks under the house. It was very loud. Almost all the house had the cock under the house and the cock sound almost at the same time. So at dawn, it was very noisy with the cocks sound, but itwas very funny and interesting.

After we finished breakfast and chatting with all the Baduy people there, we asked permission to go back to Ciboleger. We started walking around eight. We took different way from the way we came to Baduy Dalam. We took a route via Gajeboh village in Baduy Luar. The route was longer and took longer time to walk.

Here we arrived at one of the border between Baduy Dalam and Baduy Luar on a bamboo bridge with a sign of the border. After this point we could again taking photo. The intertesting things in Baduy Dalam, all the house construction were made without nail including the above bridge.

Here again we walked accross a river outside Baduy Dalam and we took photo with our Baduy Dalam friends who accompanied us. after taking several stops for resting, finally we arrived at Ciboleger around two 0’clock in the afternoon. It meant we had been walking for six hours. At Ciboleger we took lunch and shower, then we continued our trip to Carita for the Krakatau expedition in the following day.

The pictures above showas the woman in Baduy Luar at Gajeboh village making cloth. In Baduy Luar a lot of econiomic activities such selling souvenir and making clothes and palm sugar.

About The Baduy.

The Baduy, who call themselves Kanekes, are a traditional community living in the western part of the Indonesian province of Banten. Their population of between 5,000 and 8,000 is centered in the Kendeng mountains at an elevation of 300-500 meters above sea level. Their homeland in Banten, Java is contained in just 50 km² of hilly forest area 120 km from Jakarta, Indonesia’s megalopolis of high-rises and fast cars. 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.


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