Ringgou in Indonesia

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

The Ringgou, or Rikou, are one of several language groups that live together on the small Indonesian island of Rote in well-defined areas established by historic kings. They live at the eastern tip of the complex dialect chain, which extends down the island. According to legend, the island’s name comes because a Portuguese sailor who was lost and a farmer asked where he was. The man who didn’t understand Portuguese introduced himself as “Rote”.

One of the Ringgou people’s staple foods is a sweet, milky drink, nirah, that comes from a special variety of lontar palm. The people tap the palm during the five months of dry season each year, drinking the nirah directly and making it into sugar. The people also grow gardens during the wet season, catch fish, and raise pigs, goats, sheep and water buffalo. They use horses for transportation.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Today most Rotenese are professing Christians, many from families of numerous generations of Christians. Pastors use the Indonesian language Bible in services, but without understandable Scriptures, professing Christians lack the foundational truths that lead to practical applications for Christian living. Furthermore, a few Rotenese still practice traditional religion, while some have more recently converted from that practice.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Ringgou in Indonesia.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Ringgou
People Name in Country Ringgou
World Population 14,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Rikou
People ID 19497
ROP3 Code 115428
Country Indonesia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 49  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Nusa Tenggara Timur Province; East Rote island, Rikou, Landu, and Oe Pao domains.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Indonesia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 49  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Nusa Tenggara Timur Province; East Rote island, Rikou, Landu, and Oe Pao domains..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Rikou (14,000 speakers)
Language Code rgu   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Rikou (14,000 speakers)
Language Code rgu   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Rikou

Primary Language:  Rikou

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2004)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 5.00 %)
80.00 %
Ethnic Religions
20.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
80.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Map Source Anonymous  
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