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Murik Kayan in Malaysia

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,100 Murik Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 0.80 % No No   

Murik Kayan in Malaysia

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Introduction / History
Kayan peoples like the Mirik were traditionally fierce warriors and headhunters.

Where are they located?
They live in Malaysia's Sarawak State of Borneo.

What are their lives like?
The Mirik Kayan people of Malaysia are sedentary rice and sago farmers who trade with other ethnic groups. Like other people groups in Borneo, they live in longhouses and hunt and fish. They are great craftsmen who are famous for making boats out of belian, a strong tropical hardwood. Kayan people are noted for their extensive tattoos and stretched earlobes.

What are their beliefs?
The primary religion practiced by the Murik Kayan people is ethnic religion. Ethnic religion is deeply rooted in a people's ethnic identity and conversion essentially equates to cultural assimilation. Those who go to them must respect their culture and present Christ in such a way that they understand that they need to embrace Christ, not Christ plus a foreign culture.

What are their needs?
The Mirik Kayan people need the chance to embrace the Lord of lords.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Mirik Kayan leaders to have dreams and visions that will give them the desire to find out more about Jesus and open their community to missionaries.
* Pray for believers to take Christ to this tribe.
* Pray for spiritual openness to the ways of Jesus.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to flourish among the Mirik Kayan people.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.
* Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.


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Country: Malaysia
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:46 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Sarawak, below Long Miri (Banyok) and below Lio Mato (Semiang) on Baram river.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Murik Kayan
People Name General: Murik Kayan
Alternate People Names:
Long Semiang
ROP3 Code: 106923
Joshua Project People ID: 13884
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 3,100
Population all Countries: 3,100
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Borneo-Kalimantan
People Name General: Murik Kayan
Ethnic Code: MSY44z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Murik
Language Code (ISO): mxr    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity4.00 %(Evangelical: 0.80 %)
Ethnic Religions96.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant70.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic30.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Murik Kayan in Malaysia

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  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Borneo-Kalimantan     Asia, Southeast    
      Murik Kayan Malaysia    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Murik Kayan in Malaysia          
      Religion Language  
      Ethnic Religions     Murik  
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