|“||Jumanji! Jumanji! Jumanji! Jumanji! Jumanji! Jumanji! Jumanji! Jumanji! Jumanji!||„|
|~ Manjis chanting in the opening titles|
The Manji Tribe are an indigenous, savage but intelligent tribe of warrior tribal masks and one of the main recurring inhabitant groups of Jumanji residents. Depending on their mood and customs, they are not entirely villainous but can become dangerous if offended and will attempt to hunt, cook and eat human beings who provoked them. The Manjis are led by a chief known as Tribal Bob, that made friends with Peter Shepherd when they first met, although the trio have been prone to angering the tribe under the wrong circumstances.
Appearance and traitsEdit
The Manjis are small and squat people that wear very large tribal mass that cover their entire torso. They speak their own unique language akin to Zulu, which Alan Parrish and Peter Shepherd can understand and speak back, yet Judy Shepherd cannot.
During the Masked Identity, Peter Shepherd becomes more and more enamored with their lifestyle, and is finally invited to join them. During a weird ritual, he enters a bubbling cauldron and emerges with a mask of his own, which becomes his body when he puts it on. The longer he spends as a Manji, the less he remembers ever being a human, and can only change back if he willingly removes the mask himself. They never explain if this is a special case or if all the Manjis used to be human, but it is implied that the Manji are the results of Jumanji game players that never solved their clue or gave up trying and indeed left their world behind.
Manjis are known to dislike screamers and kill anyone that does scream at them. Tribal Bob shows admiration for honesty and personally thanked Peter for saving him from being butted by Van Pelt when they first met. Their customs are sacred to them and demand anyone that displeases them to undo their mistake or pay for it with their lives, such as handing the Monkey Puzzle back which they claimed to be theirs or when Peter ruined their village as a giant even though he was trying to save them from an attack.
In The Riddle of Alan, bizarre version of the common Manjis, known as The River Source Manjis are different Manji tribe living in a remote mountain area with face-masks fashioned after Alan's face. They are bizarre even by Jumanji standards, and nothing about them is ever explained. They are also called Manjis, but it is clear that they are not the same Manjis since their leader resembles Tribal Bob, but with brown beard and hair. They still carry spears, but are adorned with brown flocks resembling Alan's hair. Unlike the common Manjis, the River Source tribe cannot be reasoned with. Their land according to a (normal) Manji legend "holds a truth" and is surrounded by thick mist and their entrance to the show has them emerging from it.
They want to burn Alan in a volcano because they think Jumanji is an evil place, that he created Jumanji, and that killing him will bring Jumanji to an end. They may look like Alan and their sacred relic bears Alan's face, but they want to kill him, not worship him. Before sacrificing Alan, they dress him in a giant rat skin and put long claws on his hands. The common Manjis run away in fear when Alan appears in his suit.
Manjis are hunter gatherers, therefore they arm themselves when leaving their village to take on prey. They tend to carry skull topped staffs as part of their culture and often use long, powerful flint spears when hunting. When hunting, they will cooperate to bring down their prey, normally by encircling them to cut off any retreat, even if the foe is much larger than Manjis are or armed individuals like Van Pelt. The Manji have expert tracking skills as shown when Tribal Bob could follow the trail of Alan Parrish by sniffing food he had eaten.
The Manjis are also capable of healing the sick or injured by using the practise of voodoo arts, especially by the Manji witch doctor, who's doll can tend to injures and gain telekinetic control of the patient when it has a strand of the patients hair tied round its neck. However, the voodoo doll fuelled by powerful Jumanji rubies which are guarded by enormous Jumanji bees, and the voodoo will diminish if the doll does not have a ruby in its tummy. The Manji also find Mosquitos useful in medicinal purposes, as Tribal Bob planted a wooden carving in Peter's hair as a clue to help him and Judy figure out how to save Alan from the poisonous bite.