Tengger Indians are an ethnic group of about 30,000 people who live in eastern Java. The special fact about them is that they belong neither to Indonesia nor India. Centuries ago, they migrated to Indonesia from the eastern parts of South America—crossing the Pacific in wooden rafts. Their “India” tag is a spiritual one. In the Majapahit period—late 13th century—traders from south and east Indian kingdoms, particularly Tanjore and Bengal, used to monopolise trade with Java. They