The Badjau

    The word Bajau is a collective term for indigenous groups of people. These groups have also blended with the culture of the Sana which is why they are called the Sama-Bajau. In history the term Sama describes indigenous people who live more in areas of land. On the other hand the term Bajau is used for ethnic groups residing near the seas or on seas or those who dwell in boats. 
    The Badjau People or also called the Sama or Samal are indigenous ethnic groups found in Maritime Southeast Asia. They live mainly on the seas using wooden boats like the Vintas. This ethnic group originally came from the Sulu Archipelago. They also lived in some areas of Mindanao and northern Borneo. For half a century though, the Badjaus have been migrating to neighboring countries and also in the northern Philippines. This is due to the ongoing conflicts in the ARMM ( Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao). At present the Badjaus are considered to be one of the largest ethnic groups in Sabah. They make up almost 15% of the state’s population. These people have also migrated in Indonesia but the number of their population remains unanimous. The Bajau were sometimes associated with other ethnic groups of similar lifestyles. They have been called Sea Gypsies. The outward spreading of the Bajau from their old homes to other countries wasalso associated with the development of sea trade in modern times.
    The origin of the term Bajau was never clarified. It is generally used to describe or call these ethnic groups. Ironically, they themselves never used the term Bajaus to describe themselves. They would call themselves according to their tribe’s names, the place they live in or where they came from. But even so these people share the same some of their vocabularies and bodily features. That is why agree with being called Bajaus in general.
    As a large ethnic group, the Bajaus have subgroups within themselves. And although they share some genetic characteristics and parts of their vocabularies, each of their groups had their own unique languages and traditions. However, some of these subgroups are able to understand the others’ languages. The Simunul for example, which are found in Sabah are able to communicate with other Bajaus using the Tausug language. 
    There are numerous subgroups comprising the Bajaus. The UbianBajaus are the first of these groups. They are originally from the island of South Ubian located in Tawi-Tawi of the Philippines. In Sabah they are considered to be the largest group of Bajaus. They live in minorities around the Kudat and Semporna Towns in Sabah, Malaysia. The Bannaran is another subgroup which originated also in Tawi-Tawi but on the Bannaran Island. They are also found Kudat and Semporna. The SamalBajaus is another group originating from the coasts of Sabah. But many of them have migrated north up to the Visayas and southern Luzon islands.
    The Bajau people vary in their religious beliefs as well as their cultures. Their faiths include the strict Sunni Islam, folk islam and then there are others who are dedicated to ancestor worship. A minority of them are Christians too.

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    Nowadays if you want to know what the current trend is, be it in fashion, politics, food and other hobbies, all you have to do is browse on your Facebook newsfeed. People use Facebook as a source of information particularly if they want to know the latest style. The social media world has indeed influenced a huge portion of the daily lives of the people.       If you are looking for something new that you want to try, you have probably came across with succulents and cactuses. This is now the latest hobby that many people are in to. Collecting different types and species of succulents and cactuses has been one of the past times of the people. And this is all because of social media. People nowadays would just wait for ideas for them to create something that they can also share to their social media accounts for all of their friends to see.      However although this kind of hobby is partly influenced of this social media pressure, it is actually a good hobby, especially that a person would have to care for a plant. It requires responsibility and even dedication. Although these kinds of plants seem easy to care for they actually require attention and a lot more especially if you are a newbie in caring plants.     What made these plants really popular and trendy? It is all because of its miniature yet very lovely appearance. The entire plant is considered to be the subject unlike other plants that you have to wait for its flowers to bloom in order to see its total beauty. Another thing is that it has been now widely used as a form of giveaways during weddings, debuts and other special occasions that would suggest for souvenirs.     The thought of giving a plant which has life is far more beautiful than any form of souvenirs. It is something really special that any person would want to spend his or her time taking care of it, instead of just leaving it in a cupboard.      People are really creative and no wonder some come up with ways to landscape and put succulents into a whole new level such as this picture below.      Nonetheless it can also be used as a form of bouquet during wedding ceremonies. A lot of things can be made out from this lovely and adorable plant.   
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