Indonesia’s streets are ruled by silver beggars.
Silver-painted street begging is a rarity in Indonesia, but it has become common in some of the country’s largest cities.
Manusia Silver, also known as Silver Men, beggars are transformed into living statues using metallic paint. They wow onlookers with their doll-like movements.
In Indonesia, “Silver Men” are a common sight, and their appearance has nothing to do with Indonesian culture.
Silver-coloured beggars have been sighted on the streets and highways of many Indonesian cities over the past year, drawing international attention from local and national media. They are known locally as ‘manusia silver’. In Indonesia, beggars are becoming increasingly popular.
The metallic pigment is usually sprayed on beggars and the box they hold. Then they simply walk among cars, hoping for a spare change. Taking care of animals is a job for many, and it provides food for their families.
A group of ‘silver men’ showing up at major intersections in Jakarta and other big cities has garnered much attention in the press and on social media. This has led to many regular beggars adopt the shiny, metallic look. Unfortunately, their numbers have been soaring lately, and they have become a nuisance. Begging is illegal in Indonesia as well as many other countries, and in the recent past, the police have a crackdown on silver beggars in particular. Monosia silver has been reduced, but it is not entirely gone.
There has been a lot of buzz about the rise of the Silver Men in Indonesia over the last year, both in the traditional press and on social media.