Imagine living in one of the most primitive cultures on the planet, where your home is made of cow dung and to feed your family you must hunt monkey, eat bush buck and subscribe to tribal laws. All this ­ and worse ­ will be the daily challenge for three average Aussie families who have volunteered for an "adventure holiday" that will change their lives forever.

The Lost Tribes - Netflix

Type: Reality

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2007-05-06

The Lost Tribes - Ten Lost Tribes - Netflix

The ten lost tribes were the ten of the twelve tribes of ancient Israel that were said to have been deported from the Kingdom of Israel after its conquest by the Neo-Assyrian Empire circa 722 BCE. These are the tribes of Reuben, Simeon, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Manasseh and Ephraim. Claims of descent from the “lost” tribes have been proposed in relation to many groups, and some religions espouse a messianic view that the tribes will return. In the 7th and 8th centuries CE, the return of the lost tribes was associated with the concept of the coming of the messiah. The Jewish historian Josephus (37–100 CE) wrote that “the ten tribes are beyond the Euphrates till now, and are an immense multitude and not to be estimated in numbers”. Augustine of Hippo also had no regard for the ten lost tribes theory, by mentioning that “each of the twelve tribes six men” were selected, by Eleazer the High Priest of Jerusalem, during the reign of “Ptolemy, called Philadelphus”, concerning the translation of the Hebrew scripture into Greek. The supposed translation of the Hebrew Scriptures took place before the Common Era, hundreds of years after the Ten Lost Tribes narrative. Historian Tudor Parfitt has declared that “the Lost Tribes are indeed nothing but a myth”, and he writes that “this myth is a vital feature of colonial discourse throughout the long period of European overseas empires, from the beginning of the fifteenth century, until the later half of the twentieth”. Zvi Ben-Dor Benite states: “The fascination with the tribes has generated, alongside ostensibly nonfictional scholarly studies, a massive body of fictional literature and folktale.” Anthropologist Shalva Weil has documented differing tribes and peoples claiming affiliation to the Lost Tribes throughout the world.

The Lost Tribes - Beta Israel of Ethiopia - Netflix

The Beta Israel (“House of Israel”) are Ethiopian Jews, who were also called “Falashas” in the past. Some members of the Beta Israel, as well as several Jewish scholars, believe that they are descended from the lost Tribe of Dan, as opposed to the traditional story of their descent from the Queen of Sheba. They have a tradition of being connected to Jerusalem. Early DNA studies showed that they were descended from Ethiopians, but in the 21st century, new studies have shown their possible descent from a few Jews who lived in either the 4th or 5th century, possibly in Sudan. The Beta Israel made contacts with other Jewish communities in the later 20th century. After Halakhic and constitutional discussions, Israeli officials decided on 14 March 1977 that the Israeli Law of Return applied to the Beta Israel.

The Lost Tribes - References - Netflix