Mentawai The Oldest Tribes

Mentawai Island

Mentawai tribe is one of the oldest tribes in Indonesia. The tribe populates the Mentawai Islands, West Sumatera, and believed to have been inhibiting the islands since 500 BC. Lives in Mentawai depends on nature, and the Mentawai people believe that the forest is the abode of ancestral spirits. Their belief is known as the Sabulungan. 

One of the unique and interesting customs of the Mentawai Tribe is the Mentawai tattoos. Mentawai tattoos are the oldest tattoo in the world, believed to have been existing since 1500 BC. Mentawai tattoo images represent an identity regarding the land of origin, social status, and how great the bearer is as a hunter.

Women from Mentawai Tribe have unique habits. The women sharpened their teeth until they turned pointy. Mentawai people believe that a beautiful grown-up girl should have pointy teeth. This tradition meant to control oneself from six human vices, namely lust (kama), greed (Lobha), anger (Krodha), drunkenness (Mada), jealousy (Matsarya), and confusion (Moha). 

To access all the beauties offered, you can rent a boat. You can find the boat along the beach. The rate depends your activity, surfing, fishing and snorkeling, ensure a comfortable and unique experience. The Gypsy Laut surf charter boat has been continually upgraded to ensure a comfortable and unique experience.

Take a trip into the wild with an adventure to the Mentawai islands. Be surrounded by tropical rainforests and immerse yourself in the traditions of the local people. While the physical distance between the mainland and Mentawai is not great, this remains one of the most isolated places in Indonesia, and was only subject to outside influences at the start of the 20th century. A long way from the world of shopping malls and theme parks, this is where travelers come to get a truly off the beaten track adventure.