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Voluntary Isolation of the Boti

ISSN NO: 2347884-5

Vol NO: 20, Issue 8, No. 146, 2020

I was welcomed by King Nune Benu and his six year old nephew. This humble pony tailed king took over from his much-loved father in 2005 when he died at the age of 99 after 30 years as king.

 

Author: Chris Dunham

As the world struggles with the Covid-19 pandemic crisis, I am reminded of the indigenous group Boti and their remote, tiny kingdom in West Timor, Indonesia. When I visited them in 2017, I was in awe of the sheer simplicity of their lifestyle. Strangers to electricity and machines, they are supremely self sufficient. Despite a tenuous existence, they are proof that a simple, secluded life can be a happy one.




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    Author: Chris Dunham

    As the world struggles with the Covid-19 pandemic crisis, I am reminded of the indigenous group Boti and their remote, tiny kingdom in West Timor, Indonesia. When I visited them in 2017, I was in awe of the sheer simplicity of their lifestyle. Strangers to electricity and machines, they are supremely self sufficient. Despite a tenuous existence, they are proof that a simple, secluded life can be a happy one.

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    Chris Dunham is a London-born travel photographer and writer with a lifelong interest in the tribes and ethnic groups of Southeast Asia. The article should be cited as Dunhan C. 2020. Voluntary Isolation of The Boti, Geography and You, 20(146): 52-55

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