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.