BORN AS A DIVER
Born as a diver
This is a very interesting uniqueness of the Bajo community or Bajo Tribe. The nickname of a true diver really deserves to be pinned on the Bajo people.
Their diving ability is not in doubt. Because of this special ability, even Bajo people are called superhumans who are very close to the sea.
The nickname of a true diver is given not only by virtue of visible ability. A researcher has even proven that the Bajo people have a spleen larger than the human spleen in general. The spleen is an organ that plays a very important role when a person is diving in water.
By having a larger spleen, they are able to survive longer while in the water. The spleen releases oxygen into the blood when the body is under pressure or holding its breath.
The Bajo are able to survive underwater for 13 minutes without breathing. An extraordinary ability that not everyone has.
GROWING AND BIGGING IN THE SEA
Growing up and growing up in the sea
The unusual ability of the Bajo people in terms of diving makes them very familiar with the sea. Moreover, most of the Bajo population live near the sea. Automatically, their daily life cannot be separated from the sea.
They work and earn a living by relying on the sea.
In the past, when the Bajo people still liked to live nomadically, they preferred to live in the sea rather than on land. They stayed on the boat for a long time.
Even the Bajo people have taught their children to be able to dive from a young age. No wonder the Bajo children are very good at diving without even using special equipment.
Accustomed to living in the sea, the Bajo people are created as a very adaptable society. They have no difficulty in dealing with the sea which often creates bad conditions.
Automatically, their adventurous soul has also been formed and has even become ingrained and become their distinctive character.
UNIQUE BIRTH RITUALS
Every region in Indonesia must have a unique tradition that is carried out in a ritual. As a community known as reliable divers, the Bajo people also apply a unique tradition when welcoming a baby.
The Bajo community will bathe the babies directly in the sea as a form of introduction to the environment.
In the past, the ritual of bathing babies in the sea by the Bajo people was carried out after a while the baby was born. But now that tradition has changed a lot.
Currently, the ritual of bathing babies in the sea is carried out after 3 days of birth. The baby will be bathed again in the sea when he is 40 days old.
One of the distinctive features of Indonesian citizens is their well-known friendly and warm demeanor. This is what makes many foreign tourists enjoy traveling to Indonesia.
This trait has also become a major moral value instilled from an early age, including for the Bajo community.
Living in the wild does not turn out to be Bajo people becoming an antisocial society. This is proven by the widely recognized hospitality of the Bajo people.
Their residences that offer beautiful views are often tourist destinations. The tourists said they were happy with the pleasant and impressive attitude of the Baju people.
THE BOAT HOUSE, The Bajo ESTABLISH HOUSE IN THE SEA
The Bajo Tribe Builds Houses on the Sea
The Bajo people prefer to build their houses on the sea rather than on land. The floors of the houses of Bajo residents are made entirely of mangrove wood planks arranged in such a way that they are sturdy to walk on.
The wooden planks of the house will be replaced if the condition is no longer suitable for use and is dangerous for the occupants of the house.
The poles of their houses are also made of mangrove wood that sticks into the seabed. The truss from the seabed to the floor of the house is at a height of 4 meters.
The sea level at high tide is approximately 3.5 meters, while at low tide the sea level below the settlement varies.
The uniqueness of this Bajo tribe provides more and more color to the Indonesian people. Moreover, the ability of this tribe to dive is in accordance with the history of Indonesia which was born from ancestors of sailors.
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