Widely known as the most extraordinarily exotic island by the both locals and foreigners throughout the world. The history behind the amazing of Raja Ampat needs to be revealed for history lets you know how something comes from. Revealing the history, on the other hand is dealing with how people explain what happened in the past time when the people did not recognize well the modern’s life and were still out of fashion.
The story of Raja Ampat originally can’t be separated to the old Maya ethnic who settled down in Waigeu. Maya’s word itself derives from “mam” and “ya” that mean, “Lord, I actually exist”. According to Abraham, Yohanes’ brother also the 7th generation of Maya etchnic. Maya’s etchnic had not been come out from the solitaire places to the shore until 19th century and they lived in the mountain and forest. Maya’s etchnic life and culture went out of fashion for they relied on the natural resources and believed in ancestor.
The history of Maya’s etchnic is also influenced with the arrival of ethnic Biak, the Sea Explorer who came to the place where the Maya’s etchnick lived. The arrival of ethnic Biak changed the Mayan’s mindset and Mayans’ decision to go down the shore was the cause of the first impression towards the Biak’s boat, hook, rope that made from Ganemo tree.
Nevertheless, Maya’s etchnic never had a thought to live in the shore and has been settling down in Waigeu Island until now with their old fashion lives. According to Yohanes, the secretary of today’s Maya’s ethnic. The history of Raja Ampat also strongly relates to the kings who reigned the ancient Mayans in the past time.
The history started when the old woman found seven eggs that turned out to be four mysterious kings while three others turned out to be the ghost, a woman and a stone. Those kings then governed the four islands namely Waigeo, Salawati, East Misool and West Misool. The emergence of four kings is also remembered by the buildings and is known as the first generation of ethnic Maya, Aliap Gaman.
Unfortunately, the history and the lives during the reign of four kings remain unresolved due to the privacy. Nevertheless, the history of the phrase Raja Ampat is also derived from the four big islands – Waigeu, Solawati, Batanta and Misol Island – and four ethnics living in Waigeu namely ambel, langganyan, kawei and wawiyai.
At the beginning of 19th century, when the native ethnic of Raja Ampat are getting to be educated, slowly started to come into fashion and Raja Ampat comes into fame, native ethnics seems ignored. They demand for the equality in terms of quantity and quality for the history of Raja Ampat originally derives from their past generation. The native ethnic of Raja Ampat is now demanding for preserving the old culture and giving respect toward their presence as the native people of Raja Ampat.