Duri in Indonesia

The Duri have only been reported in Indonesia
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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Duri (also called Massenrempulu) live in Enrekang regency of Indonesia, a mountainous area with a cool climate in the middle of the South Sulawesi province. The Duri area consists of 17 villages spread among multiple districts. This area is close to a major road which is passable by automobiles. The majority of Duri people live close to the main road, but several groups live in the high mountainous areas. Some Duri, primarily men, have migrated to other areas.
The Duri speak a language of the same name. This language has two dialects: the more prestigious dialect spoken in a central area around the villages Cakke and Kalosi and a less prestigious dialect in the Baraka district. The Duri are the only speakers of this language.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The majority of the Duri live by farming, tending orchards, raising livestock and making handicrafts. Their main crops are red onions, coffee, rice and vegetables. The Duri also make traditional cheese, known as dangke. They sell this cheese in the traditional market, held in specific locations once or twice a week.
The Duri have a family-oriented attitude and practice gotong royong (mutual help and cooperation). In the past, their society was divided into layers known as nobility, commoners and slaves, but these distinctions have disappeared.
Today, education and wealth determine social status. The Duri measure wealth in terms of ownership of water buffalos, land, gold and houses. Generally, the more educated move to the city. The Duri are very open minded toward education and other things that can raise their standard of living. Their schools teach the national Indonesian language, along with Duri. Both adults and children enjoy reading, though only a few books are available in their language.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Duri mainly follow Islam combined with traditional animistic beliefs. They hold spiritual powers in awe and trust in a dukun (shaman/healer/occultist) to heal sicknesses and cast out evil spirits. A small number of Duri still identify themselves as animists who practice Alu' Tojolo.
A Christian minority is found in the villages of Baroko and Benteng Alla, at the border of Toraja.


What Are Their Needs?

They need transportation infrastructure to enable more profitable sales of their crops. Around 60% of villages do not possess sufficient transportation infrastructure, the result being that the distribution of their goods is expensive and time consuming.
They need investment - both capital and training - in their agricultural industry. The sale of dangke cheese could be expanded through industrial processing and more attractive packaging. In addition, the children need improved health and nutrition.
Because of their interest in reading, the Duri would benefit from literature in their own language. The New Testament, the JESUS Film, and multiple audio recordings are available in the Duri language.


Prayer Points

Pray for effective distribution of the New Testament among the Duri and for opportunities to show the JESUS Film.
Ask God to raise up loving workers to bring the gospel to the Duri and to train them in more productive and profitable agricultural methods.
Ask God to place in their hearts a longing for a God who knows and loves them.
Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Duri.


Scripture Prayers for the Duri in Indonesia.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Duri
People Name in Country Duri
Alternate Names Masenrempulu
Population this Country 148,000
Population all Countries 148,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
People ID 11646
ROP3 Code 102773
ROP25 Code 302238
ROP25 Name Duri
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 Selatan Province, north Enrekang regency, northwest of Enrekang town, west of Sadang river; also in Makassar city and other communities in province.   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 Selatan Province, north Enrekang regency, northwest of Enrekang town, west of Sadang river; also in Makassar city and other communities in province..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Duri in Indonesia Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.04 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
18.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
80.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Duri (148,000 speakers)
Language Code mvp   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Duri (148,000 speakers)
Language Code mvp   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Duri
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Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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