"Bugis Kids At The Mosque" 2005 by
Richard Bartz *
The Bugis people originated in South Sulawesi, but they have
been very mobile.
They have built their own ships for generations.
They were among the first settlers in Singapore.
There are also many in Malaysia.
Originally, each Bugis village had its own king and they
maintained relationship with other villages through treaties.
When the Dutch came to South Sulawesi in the early 1900’s
the Bugis found it more profitable to assist them than to resist
them. The Dutch were
more interested in trade than they were in governing so most of
the governing was given to trusted Bugis men.
have continued to have most of the high positions in the
government in South Sulawesi.
They are also teachers, government workers, bankers,
merchants, seamen, fishermen and farmers.
The Bugis live throughout South Sulawesi and in
many other parts of Indonesia.
They are very adaptable.
As a whole, they are well educated and provide a good
living for their family.
They are Muslims, but they also have some animistic
practices. They have
dukuns (witchdoctors) that practice in the villages and big
cities as well.
Islam is a big part of their lives and culture.
The sense of the Islamic community is very powerful among
them. All the
Islamic fasts and feasts are strictly observed.
Their culture is rich with traditions.
Two important parts of their cultural values are siri
(personal honor) and pesse (community honor).
If a person has been dishonored they must regain their
honor and that usually involves revenge or other serious
consequences. If a
personal offence has not been rectified the community may become
offended (pesse) and take its own revenge to regain the honor
for the community.
The individual is honor bound to be a good son or daughter, a
good student, a good wife, and a good Muslim.
Mostly in South Sulawesi, but they are dispersed throughout Indonesia.
Islam. Bugis people
are Sunni Muslims and considered to be very strict in adherence
although most Bugis follow traditional animistic practices as
well. Offerings to
spirits and dead heroes to obtain blessings are common.
Many Bugis wear rings or amulets that are “filled with
power” to protect them.
Homes and fields are protected by local spirits invited
by animistic practices.
As many as 75% of the women wear a head covering in
public in the cities.
Bugis children are not allowed to marry non-Muslims since
the wife is automatically the same religion as her husband.
Fasting during the month of Ramadan and celebrating the
Islamic holidays are strictly followed.
0.008 % adherent
and .002% evangelistic
Most of the Bugis people are fluent in Bahasa Indonesia
and there is an Indonesian Bible and the Jesus film as well.
Christian Radio Broadcasts:
there are several.
Pray for the few Bugis Christians, that they will be able to
stay within their family and community situations.
Pray that these Christians will live in the Holy Spirit’s
power and be a living testimony of Jesus.
Pray for the missionaries working among them.
Pray that signs will follow the missionaries and that the
Bugis people will receive healing,
and other miraculous blessings.
Pray that the spiritual stronghold they live under will be
Pray that they will seek God; to have a closer relationship
Pray that God will reveal himself to them in visions and
dreams and that they will receive Christ as their Savior.
2005 by Richard Bartz, used with