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Subanen Tuboy People Group
"Subanen Sinalimba"

"Subanen Sinalimba" 2012 by vcaulin *

Country:  Philippines

History:  The history of the Subanon is unclear until the 1600's, when the Spanish Jesuit missionaries mention them in their writings. There were Muslim merchants that lived along the coast of the peninsula and they were the only outsiders that the Tuboy Subanen had contact with.  They were exploited by the Muslims, setting the pattern for Subanen relations to this day.  Since World War II, Christian and Muslim ethnic groups of the Philippines have often clashed. The Subanen, who are polytheists (believe in many gods), have suffered and been victimized by both sides in this conflict.

Their Lives:  The Tuboy Subanen are slash and burn farmers.  Every year a new field is cleared. After one or two years of use, the field must lie fallow for up to 15 years. They also raise various types of livestock, including pigs, chickens, cattle, and water buffaloes.   Rice is the most important crop, although various other grains are raised. If there is any extra rice, it is sold at a market for cash, which is needed to purchase clothing, utensils, and tools.  Their houses usually have some distance between them. Their homes are rectangular, have thatched roofs and are raised on stilts. Every three or four years the Subanen move to a new location to clear more forest for fields.  Men and women work in the fields together, and men cook and care for the children when necessary.  Everyone is on an equal level in Subanen society because everyone has the same occupation and has almost the same economic level and lifestyle. 

The Subanen permit polygamy (multiple wives), but most of them have only one wife. Families usually arrange marriages, and the groom's family is expected to pay a bride price. Occasionally, the groom will work for the bride's family for a few years rather than paying a full bride price.

Population:  21,000

Location:  In Mindanao, in the mountains of the Zamboanga peninsula

Language:  Northern Subanen

Religion:  Ethnic religions

Christian %:  2% adherent and 0.20 % evangelical

Scriptures:  No Bible.  They do have the Jesus film.

Missionaries:  They need more missionaries and Christian workers.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray that missionaries will go to their area and live and work among them.

  • Pray that God will reveal himself to them.

  • Pray that the Lord will prepare their hearts to receive the Good News.

  • Pray that the Gospel will be presented to them in a way that they will understand and believe.

  • Pray that an indigenous Tuboy Subanen Church will be planted.

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