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Bajau Laut

The Bajau Laut are a group of Sea Gypsies living off the coast of Sabah, East Malaysia. They live exclusively on the sea and their origin stories range from the descendants of royal guards who lost a princess and feared returning to land, to a people who were accidentally towed into the sea by a giant stingray. I first visited the Bajau Laut in April of 2016 and learned about their semi-nomadic and stateless life.

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