If you are thinking that how can people be banned to live on land then you must see this! Bajau people of Malaysia are refugees who are not allowed to live on land! Shocking isn’t it? Also called the "Sea Gypsies" or "Sea Nomads", these people come ashore only to bury the deceased and to live temporarily while making new boats.
Since fishing is their main source of income, children are adept in catching fish and octopus. Bajau people come on land mainly for when they need to trade fish for rice or water and other sea foods. These people have decided to live like this and come on land to bury their dead or for their trade and building boats.
Since the tribe is considered as refugees, they were not allowed to live on land and so they decided to live a life on water.
They live in wooden huts on stilts and trade their seafood for necessities with islanders in the nearby towns. Their children grow up without any education or proper hygiene.
Traditionally, they fish with nets and lines and are expert free divers, going to improbable depths in search of pearls and sea cucumbers or to hunt with handmade spear guns.
According to numbers, over one-third of the total human population, nearly 2.4 billion people, lives within 100 km (60 miles) of an oceanic coast.
The children have unusually good underwater-vision because their eyes have adapted to the saline environment.
The people are doing an extraordinary job by living in this manner, since they drink the salt water, float on the surface of water and against all odds breathe in it!
For the Bajau people there are no houses, there are houseboats and their source of food is the ocean!
While most people are struggling for education, this tribe is not even aware of the concept of modern education. While people are fighting for equality on many levels these people don’t even have land to call their own! The last tribes on Earth to be called sea gypsies are the Bajau people.
Some more glimpses of the tribe:
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