Some research states that the oldest human groups are in the Southeast Asian region. Although ethnic civilization is not as advanced as Persia or Greece, Southeast Asia plays an important role in human civilization. It turns out that it is important to study history, one of which is about ethnicity. Here are two of the oldest ethnic groups in the world that are important to know.
1. Aboriginal in Australia
Aboriginal ethnic is the oldest ethnic groups in the world that inhabits most of the Australian Continent and the island of Papua. The conclusion was drawn based on the results of DNA research using the saliva of modern communities in Australia and Papua New Guinea.
The study reconstructed Aboriginal ancestors who previously inhabited Papua. Aboriginal people actually came from Africa who made a long journey to the east about 75.000 years ago. It means that Aboriginal people are older than Mesopotamian civilization which developed around 8000 BC.
31.000 BC, Aborigines entered Australia which was then known as the Plain of Sahul. The plain is a combination of three continents namely Australia, Papua, and Tasmania. However, the three continents parted ways due to rising sea levels. That was the reason why the aboriginal ethnic became one of the oldest ethnic groups in the world.
The name aboriginal comes from English which means native or indigenous people. These ethnic groups make their living by hunting and fishing. Wild animals are hunted with spears, arrows, and boomerangs (Aboriginal weapons). Aboriginal people do not know the science of farming so that they never wander far from water sources such as rivers.
2. Kerinci in Indonesia
The Kerinci ethnic inhabiting the Bukit Barisan in Jambi Province is one of the oldest ethnic groups in the world. Proof was found in 1973 of human existence called Kecik Wok Gedang Wok. The Kecik Wok is believed to be older than the Proto Malays and Incas in South America.
Proof was found in 1973 of human existence called Kecik Wok Gedang Wok. The Kecik Wok is believed to be older than the Proto Malays and Incas in South America. This is because the transfer of the Malay Proto or Polynesian family from Alam Melayu to the island in the eastern ocean of Teduh and the island in the western Indian Ocean only occurred in 4000 BC.
Proto Melayu is more dominant so Kecik Wok slowly disappears. That was caused by the mixing of blood between natives and migrants. The results of this mix developed and emerged as the ancestors of the modern Kerinci community.
Kecik Wok Gedang Wok is also believed to have a closeness with Indian society. The name Kerinci comes from the Tamil language which means flower Kurinji which originated from South India. It was from there that the conclusion was drawn that Kerinci and India had long been in a relationship.
The explanation above regarding Aboriginal ethnic from Australia and Kerinci from Indonesia which is the oldest ethnic groups in the world. It is important to study history because that way anyone will be able to appreciate the country or nation more.