Bugis® could refer to couple of things- an infamous street, culture, place, a book or a movie in Singapore.
We refer to Bugis® people & Bugis Village. As per Malay Heritage Center- It’s was a culture with fluid identities. There’s usual- masculine male & feminine female. But also the feminine male (calabai) & masculine female (calalai). And bissu, an androgynous person who transcends everything. Bissu was a medium for spiritual and magical role.
Bugis® ceremonies were filled with smells of Exotic woods, Ylang Ylang, Cocobolo, Palisander and Thuja. This smell captures that and hope to transcends the spiritual boundaries.
Toady Bugis people are only around 6 million, but they are influential in Indonesian politics and historically also influenced politics of Malay peninsula. They were they first ones to come to Singapore as they were great boat makers. But they have since been merged into Singaporean culture and almost lost their identity.
We hope to honor their unique beliefs through this transcendental scent.