“Makasar Boys From Takalar” 2000 *
The Makassar people are
indigenous to Indonesia.
The original political structure was monarchy.
Each area had its own royal family from which there was
one ruler. Treaties
determined relationships between regions.
These treaties were not always adhered to.
Territories would often be involved in several treaties
at the same time (some representing conflicting status).
The rulers would never admit that they had broken a
treaty, only that prevailing circumstances (usually a more
powerful ruler) had forced them to enter into a new treaty.
The Buginese and Makasarese peoples were
often in conflict as to which was the dominate kingdom.
This continued until the Dutch came in the 16th century.
The Bugis joined forces with the Dutch, but the Makassar
people would not.
Since the Dutch were not interested in governing the people they
allowed the high ranking Bugis to handle domestic affairs.
Therefore, the Bugis had high positions and the Makassar
had lower positions.
The effects of this remain to this day.
Islam was introduced in 1603 and by 1611 it was firmly
The Makassar people have stayed mostly
in the South Sulawesi region.
Their primary source of income is rice farming, but they
are also excellent fishermen and traders.
They are also laborers, small business owners and
husband is the head of the household and he does the ‘outside’
work. All of the
household work is up to the women.
Marriages are most often arranged and polygamy is
accepted, however they rarely have more than one wife because
each wife has to have her own house.
Their lives center around Islam, the Mesqid and holy
days. They also
follow ‘siri’ and ‘pesse’ (honor and respect) the same as the
live in the southern part of Southwestern Sulawesi also on
Selayar and Spermo islands.
<1% Adherent and 0.03% evangelical
The Bible is being translated and the
Jesus film and some other resources are available.
SEAMIST is working among the Makassar people.
more workers to bring the Good News.
the SEAMIST Team will have wisdom as they work among the
people and that signs and wonders will follow them.
the Lord will reveal himself to the people in visions and
Pray that an indigenous Makassar church will be planted in South
2000 by Richard Bartz, used with