Mante people

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Mante people
Manti / Mantir
Regions with significant populations
 Indonesia (Aceh)
Mante language
Related ethnic groups
Proto-Malay, Acehnese people

Mante people (Manti in Gayonese language) or also spelt as Mantir,[1] are one of the earliest ethnic group frequently mentioned in legendary folklore to have inhabited Aceh, Indonesia.[2] This ethnic group along with other indigenous people such as the Illanun people, Sakai people, Jakun people, Senoi and Semang, are the ethnic groups that formed the existing Acehnese people today.[3] The Mante people are regarded as part of the Proto-Malay people group[4][5] that initially settled around the region of Aceh Besar Regency[6] and in the interior jungle.[7] These indigenous people were thought to have migrated to Aceh through the Malay peninsula.[3] In the Acehnese legend, the Batak and Mante people were mentioned as the descendants of Kawom Lhèë Reutōïh (meaning, "the Three Hundred people"); which were also one of the indigenous peoples in Aceh, Indonesia.[8] Today, this people are extinct or have disappeared as a result of intermarriage with other non-indigenous people groups that arrived later.[2] To date, there are still no strong scientific evidence for the existence of this people.

Alleged last appearance[edit]

In March 2017, there were video recordings by a group of bikers in Aceh who accidentally saw and recorded a man that was thought to be a Mante tribe. The alleged Mante man at the site was caught by surprise and ran away immediately; and the scene was recorded by one of the bikers in the group. The video recording was uploaded on YouTube and quickly became a viral topic of discussion on social medias and in the news in Indonesia.[9]

The spread of the news gained the attention of the Aceh government to dispatch a search team to find the Mante people and examine their real existence.[10] The Ministry of Social Affairs department also participated in the search in order to provide social security to the Mante people.[11]


  1. ^ Abdul Rani Usman (2003). Sejarah peradaban Aceh: suatu analisis interaksionis, integrasi, dan konflik. Yayasan Obor Indonesia. p. 14. ISBN 97-946-1428-9.
  2. ^ a b "Proyek Penelitian dan Pencatatan Kebudayaan Daerah". Geografi budaya Daerah Istimewa Aceh. Departemen Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan. 1977. p. 57. OCLC 1027421863.
  3. ^ a b Dada Meuraxa (1974). Sejarah kebudayaan Sumatera: Aceh, Sumatera Utara, Melayu Riau, Melayu Jambi, Sumatera Barat, Bengkulu, Palembang, Lampong, dll. Hasmar. p. 12. OCLC 959788221.
  4. ^ Abdul Rani Usman (2003). Sejarah peradaban Aceh: suatu analisis interaksionis, integrasi, dan konflik. Yayasan Obor Indonesia. p. 1. ISBN 97-946-1428-9.
  5. ^ Ferdian Ananda Majni (2017-03-28). "Mante, Suku Kuno Aceh yang Terlupakan". Media Indonesia. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  6. ^ Abdul Rani Usman (2003). Sejarah peradaban Aceh: suatu analisis interaksionis, integrasi, dan konflik. Yayasan Obor Indonesia. p. 12. ISBN 97-946-1428-9.
  7. ^ Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje & Soedarso Soekarno (1999). "Indonesian-Netherlands Cooperation in Islamic Studies". Kumpulan karangan Snouck Hurgronje, Volume 11. INIS. p. 198. ISBN 97-981-1617-8.
  8. ^ "Partai Keadilan Sejahtera. Majelis Pertimbangan Pusat". Memperjuangkan masyarakat madani: falsafah dasar perjuangan dan platform kebijakan pembangunan PK Sejahtera. Majelis Pertimbangan Pusat, Partai Keadilan Sejahtera. 2008. p. 161. OCLC 682394027.
  9. ^ Lauren O'Callaghan (2017-03-28). "WATCH: Mysterious figure thought to be a member of Indonesia's LOST pygmy tribe spotted". Express UK. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  10. ^ Daspriani Y Zamzami (2017-03-28). "Pemerintah Aceh Telusuri Keberadaan Suku Mante". Media Indonesia. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  11. ^ Nila Chrisna Yulika (2017-04-08). "Untuk Apa Kementerian Sosial Mencari Suku Mante?". Liputan6. Retrieved 2018-05-26.