The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Into the jungle

Malaysian Lutherans find unseen blessings in keeping a remote tribe from extinction

Using blowpipes and poisonous darts, the men scour the jungle for small game and birds to provide essential proteins for survival. Although regarded primarily as hunters, they eat mainly wild roots and vegetables gathered in the jungle. Historically, the Jahai have moved between Malaysia and Thailand in a nomadic lifestyle that has no regard for international borders.

The Jahai tribe belongs to the Orang Asli, the indigenous people of Malaysia. The Jahai's ancestors migrated from China 7,000 to 10,000 years ago.

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