Sheyla

By Sheyla

LifeBuzz Staff

This Morning I’d Never Even Heard Of Sea Gypsies… Now I Want To Visit Them.

They may not know how to read or write but the Bajau know how to enjoy living in paradise. Often referred as the Sea Gypsies, these water nomads live in Borneo, close to neighbouring Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei.

Despite being cut off from the rest of the world, the cheerful tribe particularly the kids, were happy to be around French photographer Réhahn Croquevielle aka Réhahn during his travels in the area.

The Bajau children do not know their exact age. They learn how to swim and dive early in their lives as the ocean water is as important as the air they breath. The kids have developed excellent underwater vision which is used for fishing and diving for pearls. Their homes sit on stilts on the water. Their handmade lepa (boats) are often times also used as living space.

One may argue the Bajau are deprived of modern day conveniences and luxury. Nevertheless, Réhahn captured breathtaking images. One cannot help but notice the huge smiles and joy in the photos. It may be us after all, who seem to be deprived of the simple things.

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