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Mandaya in Philippines


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
271,000 Mandaya Ethnic Religions 9.00 % 2.00 % No No   

Mandaya in Philippines

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Introduction / History
The name means "the people who live upriver". They are also considered to belong to the Manobo group. They stand out among the others because of their sharp Spanish features. They are generally good looking and known to be peace-loving and honorable people. The "Christianized" portion of the Mandayas are considered to be the original "Dabawenos".

Their house is a poorly constructed one-room hut. Clothes and tools can be found hanging from the rafters. They lavishly use gold as adornments. The design depicts the people's folklore. Children are matched for marriage by their parents quite young. Men are allowed to have more than one wife but the women must have only one husband. A "bagani" (datu) with his "Likid" (advisory council) heads the tribe. An adjutant is tasked to make the announcements and summons.

Like other tribes they also rely on Kaingin/slash and burn farming for livelihood.

They are not politically cohesive and have integrated much with the non-tribal people.

What are their beliefs?
They celebrate festivals to invite "diwatas" or spirits and ask for good health and healing for those who are sick. They use an assortment of bamboo musical instruments. The dead are buried with the coffin upright along with some food for the "journey".

Their religion is animistic, believing in anitos, but they consider "Magbabayo" (God) as the Supreme Being. A festival for Tagbanwa (the owner of the land) is made every harvest season for thanksgiving. A carved image of this deity can also be found in their homes. Women priestesses (Bailans) mediate during the rituals.

Missionary activity started way back in the sixteenth century by the Jesuits and Augustinian Recollects. Many Mandayas in the Caraga Region were baptized. However, observers say that even "Christianized" Mandayas still adhere to their traditional ways.

Prayer Points
* That church planters receive adequate and regular support (around US$50 monthly.)
* For effective community development projects that will empower the poor to afford and have access to basic services.
* That livelihood enhancement programs be introduced that are economically viable and technically feasible.
* 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.

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Country: Philippines
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Mindanao, Davao Oriental Province, Manay, Caraga, Baganga, and Cateel municipalities; Davao del Norte Province.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Mandaya
People Name General: Mandaya
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 101895
Joshua Project People ID: 14722
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 271,000
Population all Countries: 271,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Filipino, Tribal
People Name General: Mandaya
Ethnic Code: MSY44x
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Mandaya
Language Code (ISO): mry    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Cebuano (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity9.00 %(Evangelical: 2.00 %)
Ethnic Religions91.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic100.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% 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]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Mandaya in Philippines

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      Mandaya Philippines    
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