The Batek of Malaysia are also known as Semang, which refers to a group of mobile hunting-gathering society living in Malaysia. The Batek utilize the bilateral descent kinship method, living in camps (that can be set up or broken down within a day) of multiple nuclear families. The encampment generally has control of the land immediately around it, but the Batek do not believe in private land ownership, but rather they refer to being the caretakers of the land. Since the Batek are a nomadic society, once the usable resources have been depleted from the location that they are encamped, they will pack up and move to another location that can support them. They predominantly reside in the Taman Negara National Park. The Batek maintain themselves by hunting and gathering and minimal trading with outside cultures. Generalized reciprocity is practiced in this foraging society which revolves around ...
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