Bugis in Indonesia


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Introduction / History

The Bugis (sometimes called the Buginese) live primarily in the regencies of Bone, Soppeng and Wale in the province of South Sulawesi. The Bugis are a dynamic, highly mobile people, considered to be the dominant people group in South Sulawesi. Many Bugis have left their home area to seek success and wealth and have moved to Sumbawa, Java, Papua and even Malaysia.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Bugis make their living by hunting, fishing, farming, raising livestock or making handicrafts. Typically, the Bugis who live in the mountain ranges make their livelihood by working the soil, while those living along the coastal regions work as fishermen.
The Bugis line of descent is bilateral (traced through both parents). After marriage, the newlyweds may choose to live near either the husband's or the wife's family, although initially, they live at least briefly near the wife's family.
The Bugis believe very strongly that certain days are special, with good fortune for events and activities held on the first Wednesday and last Thursday of each month. Conversely, they consider Saturday to be a bad day, more likely to bring misfortune.
Bugis society consists of several social classes based on ancestry. These different levels include descendants of a king, nobles (La Patau), district administrators (Aru Lili) and various kinds of slaves.
The Bugis place a very high value on siri (personal honor) and siri-pesse (communal honor). A Bugis person must defend, maintain and build their own siri. In an economic context, siri means working hard and being faithful. Relationally, if a person's siri is offended, they will consider serious forms of revenge. Islam reinforced the traditional Bugis concept of siri in such a way that the typical Bugis person sees siri as the key to his or her self-identity as a Bugis Muslim.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bugis are well known for their fervent adherence to Sunni Islam. However, many of them also still follow their traditional system of animistic beliefs. Traditional culture has a significant impact on the Bugis due to its religious values.


What Are Their Needs?

The Bugis need financial investment and modernization in public shipping and the fishing industry, two sectors with great potential. Training and investment in the mining and industrial sectors would enable the Bugis to diversify and strengthen their economy.
The Bible, the JESUS Film, and multiple other Christian resources are available in the Bugis language.


Prayer Points

Ask God to raise a vision for reaching the Buginese in the church in Indonesia and to send out workers to them.
Pray for Jesus to reveal himself in dreams and visions to leaders among the Buginese and to draw entire families to the Father.
Pray for development of key industries for the Bugis, including shipping, fishing and mining.
Ask God to ignite a Disciple Making Movement among this key people group, one of the largest on Sulawesi.


Scripture Prayers for the Bugis in Indonesia.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Buginese
People Name in Country Bugis
Pronunciation boo-GEESE
Alternate Names Luwu
Population this Country 5,749,000
Population all Countries 5,914,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 115
People ID 10985
ROP3 Code 101703
ROP25 Code 301439
ROP25 Name Bugis (Buginese)
Country Indonesia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 42  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Sulawesi island, widespread in Sulawesi Selatan Province, peninsular interior (except for area south and east of Makassar city) eastward through to head of Bone bay, contiguous coastal area; scattered communities generally on various coasts and interior enclaves in other provinces, including Sulawesi Tenggara Province, interior near Sulawesi Tenggara, Lake Towuti, along east coast of Bone bay, 3 enclaves, Kasiputih area facing Muna island; Sulawesi Tengah Province, west side, areas at Oti, Toaya, and Donggola; east side, 3 enclaves on Tolo bay; Sulawesi Barat Province, Mandar bay, 2 more enclaves (More, Pasangkayu) along Makassar strait; possible other small concentrations in Kalimantan, Maluku, Papua, and Sumatra provinces.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Indonesia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 42  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Sulawesi island, widespread in Sulawesi Selatan Province, peninsular interior (except for area south and east of Makassar city) eastward through to head of Bone bay, contiguous coastal area; scattered communities generally on various coasts and interior enclaves in other provinces, including Sulawesi Tenggara Province, interior near Sulawesi Tenggara, Lake Towuti, along east coast of Bone bay, 3 enclaves, Kasiputih area facing Muna island; Sulawesi Tengah Province, west side, areas at Oti, Toaya, and Donggola; east side, 3 enclaves on Tolo bay; Sulawesi Barat Province, Mandar bay, 2 more enclaves (More, Pasangkayu) along Makassar strait; possible other small concentrations in Kalimantan, Maluku, Papua, and Sumatra provinces..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Bugis in Indonesia Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.05 %)
0.55 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.41 %
Islam
98.99 %
Non-Religious
0.04 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Bugis (5,749,000 speakers)
Language Code bug   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bugis (5,749,000 speakers)
Language Code bug   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bugis
Photo Source Yudilasgan70 - Pixabay 
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.



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