Jah Hut in Malaysia

The Jah Hut have only been reported in Malaysia
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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Jah Hut (Jah and Hut are two separate words meaning "people" and "no") are one of the nineteen original Orang Asli people groups of Peninsular Malaysia. The government classifies them under the Senoi subgroup.
Jah Hut villages are in the foothills of the Jerantut and Temerloh districts of Pahang, Selangor, and Negeri Sembilan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

In the past, the Jah Hut people collected rattan and resin from the jungle to sell to outsiders. Like the Mah Meri, they were also known for their fine woodcarving skills. They depended on the forest for building and craft materials - such as poles, bamboo, and thatch for houses and straw or fiber for mats. They used to have a profitable woodcarving industry. However, with the effect of constant relocation and outside parties seizing their land and forests, this rural population is left without a subsistence base. Lacking land, trees, or forest produce, the only thing they must generate income is their labor. Today, they have few job options. With limited education and skills, they are generally engaged in the lowest of jobs with little prospect for job improvement or job satisfaction. Ironically, the most readily available jobs for them are in the very industries that displaced them: logging and various plantations.
The Jah Hut are a group of unskilled workers scrounging these days for a living in Malaysian society. They usually work on a contract basis or as pieceworkers rather than as salaried employees. Thus, their employment is sporadic, unreliable, and often takes the workers far from home. Because they have little control over the conditions of their employment - they must take what they can get - they are often cheated out of portions of their earnings. On the surface they seem to have an increase in the level of cash income. This observation, however, does not consider the destruction of the free traditional economies in the forest that benefited them in the past.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Their main festival is the "Day of the Spirits" where offerings are made to the spirits to avoid ill fortune. The Jah Hut puyang (witchdoctors) and pawang (magicians) play important roles in healing sicknesses and dealing with spiritual matters. The Jah Hut custom requires all young boys to be circumcised as a rite of adulthood. They are one of the non-Muslim Orang Asli people groups who practice circumcision. The circumcision functions not only as an ethnic marker but also as a way of uniting the community for a large feast and, if the family can afford it, a drinking party afterward. It is also an opportunity to display wealth and status.

What Are Their Needs?

The Jah Hut people do not place much value on education and skill development. They depend on the forest for income. Developers are taking away land, trees and forest produce, and labor seems to be the only source of income for some Jah Hut. Pray that the Creator will call out believers to help meet the physical need of the Jah Hut. Since the Jah Hut have a fairly high percentage of believers compared to many of the other Orang Asli groups, pray for Jah Hut believers to serve as ambassadors to other villages.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Jah Hut people to have hearts that are open to the abundant blessings of Jesus Christ.
Pray for their families to prosper financially and spiritually as they experience a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Pray for a Christ-ward movement among the Jah Hut that will spread joy, peace, and salvation to other peoples.

Scripture Prayers for the Jah Hut, Cheres in Malaysia.


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People Name General Jah Hut
People Name in Country Jah Hut, Cheres
Natural Name Jah Hut
Alternate Names Cheres
Population this Country 4,800
Population all Countries 4,800
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 12308
ROP3 Code 104149
ROP25 Code 303302
ROP25 Name Jah Hut
Country Malaysia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 49  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Peninsular, Pahang State, just south of main body of Semai [sea] language area and Kuala Krau.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Malaysia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 49  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Peninsular, Pahang State, just south of main body of Semai [sea] language area and Kuala Krau..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
65.00 %
0.00 %
33.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Jah Hut
Language Code jah   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Jah Hut
Language Code jah   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Jah Hut

Primary Language:  Jah Hut

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2011)
Bible-New Testament Yes
Bible-Complete Yes  (2023)
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