Mowgli man Ho Van Lang, 41, was welcomed to modern society in 2013 after spending four decades growing up in the jungle. His first moments were priceless.
Alvaro Cerezo, managing director of Docastaway, which provides tours to remote, uninhabited areas of the world, visited the man in Vietnam and was fortunate to accompany him during his early days of exploring civilization.
In 1972, when the vicious war was raging, the Thanh family were killed by bombs from the United States. The surviving father, Ho Van Thanh, carried his two-year-old son, Ho Van Lang, and fled to the jungle.
When the local authorities found them, both thought the war was still raging, and the world came to learn of how pure and pristine nature can preserve human life.
“His primitive form of life doesn’t just take us directly to the Neolithic Age but, due to the isolation he suffered from birth, it also leads us to better understand the true essence of ‘man,'” Cerezo said in a blog.
Lang came to explore the manifestation of a modernized community outside of the woods.
He told Cerezo he enjoyed his first ride ever when the authorities drove them back from the jungle. He was so impressed with the city’s night lights and fascinated by humans sustaining friendships with animals that would usually run away from the sight of him in nature.
Cerezo’s document also showed an elated Lang when he saw the sea for the first time. When he sat on the plane, he was completely caught up with the sky and the clouds floating outside the window.
The first days of returning to society were not easy for Lang and his father. They were immediately struck by viruses and bacteria the jungle did not host.
But as Vietnamese paper Nguoi Lao Dong reported, Lang quickly blended in and loved living with his brother, Nguyen Van Tri, with whom he and his father were reunited.
The elder jungle man died several years later.
As Tri told the paper, Mr. Thanh missed the woods so much that he once built a forest shelter similar to the one he lived in with his son. Once, he asked Lang to come back to nature in the forest, saying the atmosphere of the modern world was too “toxic.”
Lang, however, made an earning by returning to his beloved forest every morning to gather plants like orchids, catch animals and collect other sellable items. It was enough money to sustain life adequately.
Unfortunately, Lang followed died this September after a year of fighting liver cancer.
“I’m so sad to see him go, but for me his passing is also a liberation because I know he was suffering in the last months,” Cerezo said, per the Daily Mail.
“He was a beautiful human being, to forget him will be impossible, I will miss him everyday,” he added.
Cerezo posted footage of Lang touring the modern world on Oct. 4, paying tribute to the lovely Mowgli man.