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Weird People and interesting tribes

Updated on June 18, 2014

Weird and interesting people

The world is full of weird and interesting people tribes and traditions, most of the more interesting can be found in far reaching secluded demography like hill sides, small islands, in rain forest, desert environments and even near active volcanoes, they have many customs and traditions alien to modern civilizations, listed bellow are a few of these indigenous tribes that have managed to live subsistence lives.

The Ahka boy of north Thailand

Ahka boy of north Thailand
Ahka boy of north Thailand | Source

The Akha people of Laos

The Akha people of Laos are mountain dwellers scattered in regions like Eastern Myanmar, China, India, Burma and of cause Laos. Due mainly to their colorful traditions accommodating character they have become a hub for travelers and tourists in these areas, their colorful ceremonies, cultural attire have endured the people to adventures and documentary hunters.

The Akha people speak a language called akha which has broad similarities with Lisu another dialect, the hill tribe people as they are referred to have their ancestral cultures slowly eroded by western influences, but still they manage to maintain some symbolic worship rites. They are predominantly prolific hunters and gathers as well as subsistence farmers growing opium, cotton and rice, the hill side with adequate rain fall makes it an ideal place to grow rice. They also have livestock like goats, sheep and chicken which are looked after by the women and children.

The people are well recognized through their richly embroiled dress, headdresses covered in beads, bamboo cones, shells and several eyecatching ornaments, the elaborate dress are usually very colorful with lots of primary colors, red, yellow, orange, green and blue, the women a noted for their handling of cotton and the dexterity on spindles, which they display during traditional craft festivals.

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Yanomami tribe

You can find the Yanomami tribe in the rain forests of Venezuela and Brazil in small communities numbering about 200, they live a tight neat communal system and build fragile enclosures using forest materials to building, their structures are fragile and subject to the elements. They are polygamous in nature each family unit consisting of head (man) and several wives who live with their biological children.

Yanomami are known for their violent disposition and bad temper and are mostly horticulturists fisher men, farming, keeping small herds of goats, cattle, chicken, planting bananas and gathering fruits, the women gather insects rich in protein, grubs, and small birds. The girls marry early immediately after their first menstrual cycle and confinement. The people are easily recognized by their body art which have significant meaning in their culture, the ancient tradition rites are also still prevalent in Yanomami daily life.

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Kenyan Tribes men

Kenyan Tribes men
Kenyan Tribes men | Source

The Surna tribe

The Surna tribe of southern Sudan have very interesting physical features, form their teens the female go through lip stretching procedures by first removing their lower teeth to accommodate a lip plate, the lip plate is increased in size yearly until it is an astounding size, some of the men do similar things with their ears while the elongated lip plate gives them a fierce strange and frightening look.

Surna is made up of 3 tribes with the largest numbering 100,000, they live in remote areas, desolate mountains and hold firm to their culture and traditions. Known as stick fighters, their fierce culture indoctrinates the young men into a warrior tradition, the more multiple scars they have the more attractive they are to the female of the tribe. A tribe may have 100 - 1000 people strong and about of 50 cattle, they are predominantly cattle herders, in Ethiopia you can find other indigenous tribes.

A frightful looking Suma Tribes man

A frightful looking Suma tribes man
A frightful looking Suma tribes man | Source

Pigmy tribe in Papua new Guinea

Pigmy tribe in Papua New Guinea
Pigmy tribe in Papua New Guinea | Source

Adivasi tribes

The Adivasi is used as a collective name for a group of tribes found in Odisha, they number about 62 tribes with the largest being Kondah numbering almost a million, some of the tribes have embraced modernization while others hold on to their ancient customs and tradition. The some live at the margin of civilization gathering, hunting and rearing live stock while others go to daily jobs like you and I. The largeness of the tribes, modernization have occasioned the wide divide in each tribes status, some regarded as backwards. Listed bellow is only a few out of the many tribes.

Kol

Koli Malhar

Gandia

Ho

Holva

Dal

Sounti

Bhumia and several others.

Areas where San people can be found

San people can be found

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The San people of Namibia

People of Namibia

The San people like their name are simple arid dwellers they live of the land by gathering and hunting, they are more popularly known as Bushmen and can be found in far regions like South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, they are slight difference form the Okavango tribe. Well known as prolific hunters who are famed at warding off lions with arrows and sticks. The major challenge for the San people is water since their land is prone to sever drought and hash desert conditions. They have the ancient knowledge of the land and easy know where to find a water source by using basic tools like sticks.

They live in small communal groups and the women help out through gathering of insects, tubers and edible shrubs, the dress code is animal skin made into leather and worn waist down leaving the top bare.

Indonesia

Thinking of visiting far out places of beauty and glamor consider Indonesia a melting pot of commerce and industry, friendly people on a verge of major industrialization. Indonesia is a republic and has a sovereign status as the federal republic of Indonesia, Colonized by the Dutch until its independence. The federal republic of Indonesia is located at a latitude of 11 degree south, 6 degree north and longitude 95 and 141 degrees east/west.

The country has a geographical land mass area of 1,919,440 square kilometers making it the 16th largest country in the entire world; it can be found at the edge of the pacific very close to the Eurasian and Australian territories.

Indonesia is divided into provinces which each having its own capital some of which are, Sumatra that has Aceh, Banda Aceh and several others, Northern Sumatra has Padans and other. There is Java, Sulawesi, Western New Guinea, and Lesser Sunda Islands to mention a few. Indonesia consists of 17,508 islands scattered on both sides of the equator and rests on tectonic plates that could cause occasional land tremors.

The over seven thousand islands have only half of them inhabited presently numbering around 6000.Although there are some very remote tribes uncounted, they are small and scattered by great distance. Some of the uninhabited islands are tropical paradise with teaming ocean life and forest inhabitants that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Some of theses islands also have notorious pirates and illegal fishermen. The largest province is Java then Sumatra, New Guinea and Sulawesi in that order.

Inhabitants

Indonesia has a large population of about 238 million people; they have 300 distinct native groups. Each ethnic group has its own identity and dialect. The Dutch colonialists brought there own influences religion and trade to the 34 provinces and derived the name Indonesia that literarily mean a collection of islands. The people have each province with a legislature and governor with the central having 560 members. Commerce for the inhabitants is either through private or public structures.

Culture and religion

The country at its initial root was a mix and match religious diversity, the Dutch and European traders brought Christianity, while Hinduism and Buddhism was widely practiced in the 5th century brought into their culture by the Indian and Chinese trading partners. Being a hub of trade the Arabs got in on the act and introduced Islam around the 13th century. Today Indonesians are predominantly Muslim and practice a restrained a tolerant form of the religion.

The Muslim population far out numbers other religions and the country has a unifying national language which binds them all together in a common identity.

Indonesia is huge and borders several regions such as Papua New Guinea, East Timor, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines Nicobar Islands and Australia. That is why some young and old economic adventurers sail in clustered dingy all the way to Australia.

The Cuisine

Indonesian love rice and there major food is rice, it can be eaten every day with small servings of spiced fish, chicken, meat in specially prepared sauce. They also have an abundant variety of seafood lobsters, oysters, crabs, tortoise and many more. There is also the influence of tourist where any type of western food, European Japanese, Arab, Chinese and even African menus can be found in small restaurants and major hospitality centers. You may even delight in their native dance and song extravaganza.

The Yali tribe

The tribe has been singled out because of its unique identity; they are interesting people that can be found in the highland hills of Papua New Guinea some live around east Baleen in towns or communities like the Angarsk and Kasarak regions. The Yali where discovered in 1961 without any significant influence in their culture and tradition. The hold dear their customs and traditions passed down through the generations. They are hunters and gather feeding of the riches of the land while some are nomadic and keep herds of goat or a few cattle.

To reach this remote tribe that resides 1500 m above sea level you need to venture by small airplane but would require an additional trek through the dense jungle. If you are not physically fit do not try this particular adventure. An experienced guide is needed because they say some of the sub group of the Yali people is cannibals. All Yali people are fearless warriors and they have to constantly defend their territory from marauding neighbor.

Among the Yali tribe there is the famed pygmy tribe where both men and women measure not more than 4.7ft. The Yali people scattered around the vast hills have different dress codes but with certain similarities, the men rap animal skin around their necks that hangs down and covers their torso effectively. The women on the other hand have bare chests with skirts made of leaves tied around their waist. The man and women dwell in separate huts of wood in each gender there own community. Like in normal family dynamics the women takes care of the cocking and meals while the men hunt and gather. Sometimes the women also play a part in getting meals.

The Yali language is identical to the Dani people but with a slight variation in pronunciation and construct. The language is called the Ngalik.

Indonesia is a unique place to visit from its lovely water ways, many unexplored islands, extensive cuisine and friendly people, the weather is usually either monsoon or dry weather and the sun shines most of the day, thinking of going on holiday to an exotic location and interesting people think Indonesia.

A south African tribe people

South African tribe people
South African tribe people | Source

The San people of Namibia

The San people like their name are simple arid dwellers they live of the land by gathering and hunting, they are more popularly known as Bushmen and can be found in far regions like South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, they are slight difference form the Okavango tribe. Well known as prolific hunters who are famed at warding off lions with arrows and sticks. The major challenge for the San people is water since their land is prone to sever drought and hash desert conditions. They have the ancient knowledge of the land and easy know where to find a water source by using basic tools like sticks.

They live in small communal groups and the women help out through gathering of insects, tubers and edible shrubs, the dress code is animal skin made into leather and worn waist down leaving the top bare.The world is a vast place with interesting and weired people, they have different cultures and traditions with one thing in common communal living and the daily needs like feeding, taking care of their young, the same ideals that bind us into on human race.

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