A Look at Baduy’s Health-related Life


A new book entitled “The Baduy, Locked in Time” was already released last Sunday in Surabaya, East Java. Authored by Evi Aryati Arbay – the author of “Dani the Highlander” photo book – and Hardiono D Pusponegoro who is a child neurologist and photography enthusiast as well, the book is dominated by their photographs and is expected to bring us closer to the life of Baduy tribe especially in the field of health.

The 150-page bilingual book contains black-and-white photos (curated by Oscar Motuloh, Enny Nuraheni and Edwin Djuanda) and text (edited by Maria D Andriana). It conveys what Baduy’s women normally do during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding as well as how the parents educate their children.

Living in the most western part of Java Island, precisely in Lebak Regency, Banten Province, the Baduy Dalam and Baduy Luar people are known for their local wisdom which is still existing nowadays. In health care, they, especially Baduy Dalam people, refuse modern medical treatment since it is contrary to the custom they believe. They use plants and herbs for medicine which is apparently not always successful in curing the illness.

“The book started from our concern for their limited access toward health and education facilities,” said Evi Aryati Arbay to Exposure. Published independently, “The Baduy, Locked in Time” book is priced at IDR 450,000.

“Proceeds from the book sales will be donated for the improvement of health facilities in Baduy area,” she added. To purchase the book, contact Evi Aryati Arbay on +628128373487 or visit the book fanpage on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebaduylockedintime/.

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