a photo journal

Siberut Island

31 January 2020

Not only are they one of the oldest tribes in Indonesia, but the Mentawai are also one of the few remaining who still believe in animism. In this, a shaman serves as the spiritual leader of the tribe. They believe that all things in nature have a spiritual essence, and they live in harmony and peace with the environment around them. They always ask the spirits for forgiveness after taking the life of an animal or harvesting a plant.