The Indonesian Orang Rimba tribe practises quarantine as part of its traditional customs, and extended it to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: AFP The Indonesian Orang Rimba tribe practises quarantine as part of its traditional customs, and extended it to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: AFP
The Indonesian Orang Rimba tribe practises quarantine as part of its traditional customs, and extended it to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: AFP

Quarantine a tradition for the forest people of Sumatra – Covid-19 pandemic meant they just updated the rules

  • The Orang Rimba have a healthy fear of disease, and customary practices include a 24-hour quarantine for people coming into their area of the Sumatran forest
  • The coronavirus pandemic is seen as a chance for children to focus on learning customs, such as not saying aloud the name of an illness lest you suffer from it

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The Indonesian Orang Rimba tribe practises quarantine as part of its traditional customs, and extended it to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: AFP The Indonesian Orang Rimba tribe practises quarantine as part of its traditional customs, and extended it to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: AFP
The Indonesian Orang Rimba tribe practises quarantine as part of its traditional customs, and extended it to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: AFP
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