Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Kubu, a savage people of Sumatra, who roam the solitudes about the Jambi and its affluents; appear to be akin to the Orang Abung, who are the aborigines of the Lampongs district. Stouter and taller than most other Sumatrans, they occupy an extremely low grade of culture, wearing no clothes beyond a few strips of bark, daubing the body with mud to protect it from the sting of insects, dwelling in frail huts made of branches or even in the hollow trunks of trees, eating reptiles, roots, and wild berries, without any chiefs or tribal organisation, but living in small family groups, and wandering from place to place accompanied by huge dogs, who warn them against the approach of men or beasts. (H. Forbes, The Kubu of Sumatra, in Journal of the Anthropological Institute, 1884.)