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Sea Bajau who live within a basic setup on their handmade houseboats (called lepa lepa). Just essentials are needed. Such as fishing and cooking gear as well as one outfit each family member, mostly families up to 5 live on one boat. „Rather you than me“, would be the general thought one comes up with when observing the spartan life of the Sea Bajau. To my surprise, some I’ve been chatting to, think the same when watching holidayers passing by. Many Bajau Laut prefer to continue the nomadic way of life and are just happy with what they have. Spontaneously, the families leave their boats and go ashore to trade their extra seafood (mainly fish, lobster, and sea cucumber) to nearby islanders. In return, they will stock up their essentials, collect water or buy cassava for the typical dish called Kasaba Panggykayu. Before sunset, everyone is back on the houseboat again, where communal cooking takes place.
- Claudio Sieber
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