Genes are the blueprint of a person. It can define what illnesses and conditions a person is prone to, certain personality traits, and why their features are the way they are. Sometimes, these genes tend to get mixed up in interesting ways that can result in a wide range of conditions. One such unique genetic fluke was inherited by an Indonesian tribe and as a result, they have electric blue eyes.
The human race is highly diversified biologically, geographically, and socially. Indonesia is one of the many countries with a plethora of unique subcultures and ethnic groups. It is the people of the Buton Tribe in the Southeast Sulawesi province in Buton Island that have these striking blue eyes. They are characterized by the Waardenburg Syndrome that affects pigmentation which in turn has given them blue eyes.
This particular pigmentation of eyes has marked a specialty in the tribe as Indonesians normally have dark eyes and black hair. Furthermore, this genetic mutation is extremely rare and can be seen in 1 out of 42,000 people only. Though the eyes turn out pretty, this mutation can also lead to loss of hearing of the tribe.
Geologist and hobby photographer Korchnoi Pasaribu took the liberty to photograph them and reveal the tribe’s beauty to the whole world via his Instagram. The chances of spotting a person from this tribe are rare so, take your time to enjoy the gorgeousness.
“I work as a geologist, at nickel mining, and photography is my hobby. Blue eyes are unique and beautiful and they are my inspiration. Blue is the favorite eye color for me,” Korchnoi Pasaribu commented.
Being the largest South Asian nation and the fourth most populous country in the world, Indonesia is home to more than 350 dialects and subcultures. Among its many islands, Buton Island is one of the largest with a population of around 450,000 consisting of people belonging to a variety of isolated tribes.
“I’ve known them since 2019, but I only went to photograph them now on September 17, 2020. I was very happy to [finally] take pictures of them,” Parasibu added.