When we think of the native people of Southeast Asia, it’s actually difficult to imagine how they live. They call the lush rainforest their home, and they have a different way of life. Different customs, different traditions, and everything else. However, it’s usually hard to distinguish these people from people that live in any other place on Earth.
People that live in the Indonesian tribe on the island of Buton have one distinct feature that sets them apart from every other human on our planet – their eyes.
Photographer Korchnoi Pasaribu recently took photos of people of the tribe, and the photos immediately gained a lot of popularity on social media. Many people were wondering how it’s possible for this group of people to have this one-of-a-king blue color of their eyes, especially considering that most Asians have brown eyes.
Well, it turns out that the tribe developed this color as a result of a rare genetic disorder called Waardenburg syndrome.
The US National Library of Medicine reports that Waardenburg syndrome is a group of genetic conditions that can cause hearing loss and changes in pigmentation of the hair, skin, and eyes.
Not every human living on the Buton island has this eye color, though, and some have one eye blue, and the other one brown.