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Minangkabau People Group

Minangkabau Self Defense

“Minangkabau House 1977 --- Tropenmuseum of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) *

Countries:  Indonesia and Malaysia

History:  The Minangkabau are indigenous to Indonesia.  They are famous for their tradition of leaving their home village and working in other areas to find their fortune. Many of them have moved to other regions of Indonesia. They are the fourth largest ethnic group in Indonesia and have a great deal of influence. The name Minangkabau literally means "winning" (menang) "water bufalo" (kabau or kerbau). It supposedly reflects an ancient contest that was used to determine the outcome of a war. The Javanese "champion" was a huge buffalo, while the Minangkabau chose an unweaned calf. After starving the calf before the fight, they tied a knife to its snout. When the animals met, the hunger-crazed Minangkabau calf tried to nurse, causing the Javanese beast to bleed to death. Today, the water buffalo figures prominently in Minangkabau myth, culture and architecture.      In the past, Minangkabau villages were small and led by a chief and his advisors. Every village had autonomy. Kings and nobles were not allowed to interfere.  In Malaysia the Minangkabau have their own culture and royal line that dates back several centuries.  They speak the Malay language, but have retained  their own dialect that reflects lingual roots in the Minang language.

Their Lives:  Traditional Minangkabau homes have roof eaves that soar outwards like the horns of the buffalo. The Minangkabau are famous nationwide for their cuisine. They have restaurants literally all over the country.  They are also traders. They deal primarily in clothing and jewelry.  Their culture is matrilineal, the family name and the family wealth is inherited by the daughter. In the house, much of the responsibilities are held by the wife's brother, called ninik mamak. This uncle is required to take care of his nephews and nieces and watch over everything connected to the family heirlooms and inheritance. The role of the uncle is decreasing these days as more Minangkabau change to the more common way of life of the husband leading the house.

Population:  Indonesia – 5,965,000 Malaysia – 591,000

    In Indonesia they are located in West Sumatra.
In Malaysia they are located in the state of Negeri Sembilan in Peninsular Malaysia.

Language:  In Indonesia they speak Minang, which has many dialects.  In Malaysia they speak Negeri Sembilan Malay.

Religion:  Islam

Christian %:
    In Indonesia – adherent 0.05% and evangelical 0.02%
    In Malaysia – adherent 0.00% and evangelical 0.00%

Scriptures:  The New Testament is complete and the Jesus film is available.

Missionaries:  Church planting has been started.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for a church planting team for the Minangkabau in Malaysia.

  • Pray for wisdom and good success for the Christian workers in Sumatra.

  • Pray that signs will follow the missionaries and believers that live in this area.

  • Pray that God will reveal himself to the Minangkabau people.

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Who?  What? Where?

"In a nutshell" as they say, SEAMIST works in South East Asia!  We plant churches in South East Asia.  We try to focus all our efforts and resources on reaching the least reached peoples in South East Asia.

What does "least reached" mean?  It simply means the people groups that have few or no workers reaching out to them, few or no churches or believers in Jesus Christ.  These would be the most needy of all people in the world!

Our workers are trained to use contextual methods to share the good news.  We just want everyone to know about Jesus!  Our goal is always to leave behind a New Testament church. 

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