Spoiled by the Unspoiled BOTI

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beautiful eyes of Oki

My staying in Boti was too short, but their belief and practices gave a long impression on me until today.

People said, Boti is the most unspoiled tribe in West Timor, I can't confirm it yet since I didn't visit the other villages. But considering how difficult to reach Boti, which is in the middle of the mountains, especially after the dusk as we did and how poor some road from Soe (the closest city district) to Boti, it can be understand how closed Boti from modern civilization and its running progress.

No electricity, limited usage of Indonesia language but endless hospitality made me feel easy yet homey. Started from the late evening as we arrived (about 9 pm when the area was totally dark), I was surprised that our coming was really expected and welcomed by.

Oki, very beautiful girl
Linda, my tough trav-buddy had been there a night earlier and told them we were coming and made them waiting so long. Linda said, they would keep waiting if they know any visitor coming whatever the time. Actually we already brought our dinner, but the royal family of Boti had prepared some for us. Language was a real barrier. Only Pah, the young member of Royal Family, that knows enough Indonesian language. He did translate for us and the king, Nama Benu (called Bapa Tua) and other elders that kept awake and friendly responded.

Boti is known to uphold the trust and confidence they called Halaika. They believe in the two authorities, Uis Neno ma (and) Uis Pah. Uis Pah as mother who manage, supervise, and maintain the life of the universe and its contents, including humans, while Uis Neno as father who is an authority beyond that will determine a person go to heaven or not based on deeds in the world.
a young lady of the Boti Royal Family
This belief drives real practices as I witnessed. They do well their own needs by self and by taking care the nature, as well as they do their community gathering as a worship every the 9th day.

In daily life there is a division of tasks between the men and women. The man does gardening and hunting. Meanwhile, household affairs to the women. Although the division of roles is commonly found in the other systems/traditions, there is one thing that makes Boti quite different, they profess monogamy or only married one.

here's some of life scenes of Boti that I saw, hope you enjoy them, too...

inikeke says:
thank you, Giedra.. have a great SEA trip! :)
Posted on: Aug 24, 2010
inikeke says:
thank you. a story of good village should be shared, shouldn't it? :)
Posted on: Apr 25, 2010
Africancrab says:
Beautiful, thanks for sharing
Posted on: Feb 16, 2010
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beautiful eyes of Oki
beautiful eyes of Oki
Oki, very beautiful girl
Oki, very beautiful girl
a young lady of the Boti Royal Fam…
a young lady of the Boti Royal Fa…
Mama Tua
Mama Tua
Bapa Tua, Nama Benu
Bapa Tua, Nama Benu
Boti ID card
Boti ID card
boys
boys
Nona
Nona
the elders
the elders
so young but skillful already
so young but skillful already
roll up the cotton
roll up the cotton
coloring the cotton
coloring the cotton
holding the woven
holding the woven
Old lady of Boti
Old lady of Boti
healthy snack
healthy snack
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Soeharto, 11 years ago president …
young Nona
young Nona
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