2016
07.18

BOTI

LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW

SYNOPSIS:  About the last animist village in Timur.  About traditions and handicrafts.

Already over 30-40 years ago when tourism to Indonesia was more of a novelty than it is today, news made it to the West that among all the villages and ethnic groups in Timur one of them had preserved its animist practices:  Boti village in the former Kingdom of Amunaban.  A steady flow of tourists started to trickle in despite its remote location.  The villagers not only seem to cope but they made the best of it:  They collectively agreed and built a guest house on the chief’s compound and they collectively benefit from the money tourists pay for overnight stays and the obligatory village donations of betel nuts and cigarettes.VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY