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Ameng Akap of the Jakun tribe attends to...
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Image #: DSC_8980-20001
Location: Kampung Peta, Johor
Description: Ameng Akap of the Jakun tribe attends to his 'ghau', a tree top trap for monkeys. Tied around his waist is his 'telihan', a bamboo case to hold poison darts. To the right of the image is his 'temiang', a blowpipe. The aboriginal Jakun are the second largest tribe of indigenous peoples in Peninsular Malaysia. A sub-group of the Proto-Malay, the Jakun are by tradition hunter-gatherers. Most of these people have now settled in 'kampungs' (villages). Many of them are still animists, believing in 'penunggu' or the presence of spirits in the jungle, dwelling in objects such as large rocks, big trees, rivers or even animals.