Sula in Indonesia

The Sula have only been reported in Indonesia
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Most Sula people live on the island of Sula, while some of them live on Mangole Island and in other parts of the Sula archipelago.
The Sula language has three dialects. The Sula language is part of a larger linguistic grouping called the Sula which also includes the Kadai, Taliabu and Mangole. In the distant past, the Sula archipelago was forcibly controlled by the Tidore Sultanate and Sulabesi became a port of call for spice traders. Long before Europeans knew of these "Spice Islands," tobacco from North Maluku and nutmeg from Central Maluku were being traded in other parts of Asia. With the coming of the Portuguese in 1511, extended conflict raged in this area. Finally, the Dutch won this conflict and gained enormous profit from the spice trade, until its decline at the end of the eighteenth century.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most inhabitants of Sula make a living by hunting, fishing and gathering sago. Coconut trees are cultivated intensively, and the primary export commodity is copra (coconut that has been dried to be processed into coconut oil). Other goods include products from the forest, spices and salt-water fish.
The inhabitants of Sula make a living by hunting, fishing and gathering sago. Coconut trees are cultivated intensively, and the primary export commodity is copra (coconut that has been dried to be processed into coconut oil). Other goods include products from the forest, spices and salt-water fish.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sula people are followers of Islam. However, they still maintain many traditional beliefs. They mix elements of traditional customs with Islam, such as saying ritual prayers at places they consider sacred – to receive healing or other needs. They also believe in guardian spirits which they believe can give assistance when called by a shaman.


What Are Their Needs?

The people of Sula and the surrounding area need assistance to advance their community. To become more productive and efficient, the Sula community needs to be acquainted with appropriate technology. The unavailability of both formal and informal education leaves the Sula community lacking in opportunities to find work. The limited supply of electricity, clean water and health services also hinder development of the Sula community.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Sula people to experience and embrace the glory of the Lord.
Pray for Sula elders to have dreams and visions of the risen Christ that will open their hearts to the one who is truth.
Pray for Sula disciples who will make more disciples, blessing their entire community.


Scripture Prayers for the Sula in Indonesia.


References

IPN, 2011 Copyrighted © Used with permission


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Sula
People Name in Country Sula
Alternate Names Facei; Sanana
Population this Country 93,000
Population all Countries 93,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
People ID 14718
ROP3 Code 108631
ROP25 Code 307733
ROP25 Name Sula
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 Maluku Utara Province; Sula islands; Sulabesi island, widespread, scattered on Mangole island, east and west ends, north coast, Buru island, northeast coast.   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 Maluku Utara Province; Sula islands; Sulabesi island, widespread, scattered on Mangole island, east and west ends, north coast, Buru island, northeast coast..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Sula in Indonesia Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Sula (93,000 speakers)
Language Code szn   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Sula (93,000 speakers)
Language Code szn   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Sula

Primary Language:  Sula

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2023)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sula Jesus Film Project
General Language Learning Phrasebook They Need the Bible
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2024  Anonymous  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
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.



Joshua Project logo    Joshua Project    Terms of Use    Privacy Policy    Copyright © 2024