Java Serang in Indonesia

The Java Serang have only been reported in Indonesia
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Introduction / History

The Jawa Serang live on the island of Java in Serang Regency and Serang City in the Province of Banten. Serang is the capital of Banten Province, which is why they are called the Jawa Serang or Jaseng. The term "Jaseng" is widely known among the people in the neighboring province of Lampung. The Jawa Serang are also sometimes called the Banten people. In their area, the Jawa Serang live together with Jawa, Banten and Sunda, as well as other groups. The Jawa Serang arrived in the Serang area centuries ago. From 1525-1526, the army of the Kingdom of Demak (an Islamic kingdom centered on the north coast of Java) moved out from Demak along the coast as far as the Sunda Strait under the commander Fatahillah. The army occupied the lands along this route, bringing them under the rule of Demak. However, the Kingdom of Demak subsequently collapsed and Fatahillah established his own kingdoms in Demak and Cirebon. In 1526, the Kingdom of Banten was established, but a group of soldiers from Demak stayed in Banten and founded the Banten Jawa community. The Jawa Serang speak their own dialect of the Jawa language. From a linguistic point of view, their dialect is clearly a variety of Jawa, but many vocabulary words and some vowel sounds differ from standard Jawa. Jawa people who come to Serang generally need time to adapt to the language before they can understand the Jawa Serang dialect.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Jawa Serang have two main sources of income: farming and commerce. Rice is an important commodity in their communities. The province of Banten is well known as one of the major rice-producing areas of Indonesia. The Jawa Serang also engage in many commercial activities. In Serang Regency and Serang City many areas are quite densely populated. Ironically, although the Jawa Serang live in an industrialized area, more than 50% of the population live below the poverty line. Per capita income in the area is quite high, but there is a wide gap between the rich and poor. This represents a dangerous social situation, which causes resentment between social classes and increased crime rates.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority of the Jawa Serang are Muslim. However, the Jawa Serang still possess knowledge of black magic, which is commonly used in daily life. Many people from outside the area also come to Banten asking for assistance in the form of black magic. In addition, the grave of Sultan Hasanudin, as well as several other graves, represent important shrines for the community.

What Are Their Needs?

The Jawa Serang, especially the poor among them, need assistance in increasing the standard of living and level of economic development in their area. Particularly, assistance for poverty alleviation needs to be directed toward those who truly need it so that the poor who receive such help can be reached with maximum impact.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Java Serang in Indonesia.

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People Name General Java Serang
People Name in Country Java Serang
Population this Country 577,000
Population all Countries 577,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names
People ID 20286
ROP3 Code 116016
Country Indonesia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Banten   Source:  IPN booklet, revised June, 2011
Country Indonesia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Banten.   Source:  IPN booklet, revised June, 2011
Primary Language Javanese (577,000 speakers)
Language Code jav   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Javanese (577,000 speakers)
Language Code jav   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Javanese

Primary Language:  Javanese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1852-1991)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1829-1981)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1854-2017)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Javanese
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Final Night
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Javanese
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from Faith Comes By Hearing
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Javanese Bible
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.11 %)
12.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
88.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
40.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Profile Source IPN, 2011   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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