Widely known as the “Sea Gypsies” of the Sulu and Celebes Seas, the Badjao are scattered along the coastal areas of Tawi Tawi, Sulu, Basilan, and some coastal municipalities of Zamboanga del Sur in the ARMM.
Badjao or Bajau means man of the seas, this tribal group is known as the Sea Gypsies because they move with the wind and the tide on their small houseboats called vintas, they can be found in many coastal settlements and inhabit the waters and shores of the Sulu archipelago.
Malaysia / Indonesia – The Badjao are a sea-dwelling tribe, often known as the “Sea Nomads”, who have been floating off the shores of Southeast Asia for centuries. As a nomadic tribe living in stilt huts or boat houses on shallow waters, they make their living from traditional free-diving for fish and pearls.
The Bajau Tribe comes from the Sulu Islands region in the Southern Philippines. And because of their nomadic sea life, this tribe eventually spread into the waters of Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia.
The Badjao people consider themselves to be Sunni Muslim. Many attend mosques and participate in the daily prayers. They also believe they are descendants of Muhammad. Although many believe this, a lot of Badjao people have a more animistic religious view.
Homo luzonensis, a species of archaic humans, was present on the island of Luzon at least 67,000 years ago. The earliest known modern human was from Tabon Cave in Palawan dating about 47,000 years. Negrito groups were the first inhabitants to settle in the prehistoric Philippines.
They collect the fish and pearls and sell them at the main markets in Cebu City. These activities are traditionally their main source of income. However, due to increasing piracy around the 1960’s the Badjao people were forced off the water and onto land.
Malaki t’Olu k’Waig serves as the model of everything that is positive and ideal to every Bagobo, such as goodness and purity. Malaki also serves like an epic hero whose adventures are detailed in their songs and epics. Beside this, Malaki is also known as the god that can cure sickness and malady.
The language that our local Badjao speak is a dialect of Sinama, of the Sama people. Borrowing from the app’s description, “ Central Sinama is a language of the Philippines and Malaysia (known in Malaysia as Bajau ). It is one of 9 separate but related Sama -Badjaw languages.
A Bajau family cooks a dinner of coral fish over open flames on their lepa-lepa.
The largest people group are the Badjao people with an estimated population of 400,000. They are an indigenous ethnic group of The Philippines which has been there since at least 500AD. Badjao are an endemic fisher-folk who have been using sustainable fishing methods for over 1500 years.
” Tausug ” ( Tausug: Tau Sūg) means “the people of the current”, from the word tau which means “man” or “people” and sūg (alternatively spelled sulug or suluk) which means “[sea] currents”.
The Bajau people travel in small flotillas throughout the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, hunting fish underwater for food.
1: a Malay people inhabiting coastal regions of Borneo and the southern Philippines. — called also orang laut. 2: a member of the Bajau people. — called also sea gypsy.
Making their living primarily off of fishing, the Bajau people live on long houseboats known as lepas. Residing primarily on the waters off Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, they usually come ashore to trade or seek shelter during storms. As a result, most of the Bajau are expert freedivers.