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Siang in Indonesia

Siang

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
19,000 Siang Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.20 % No No   

Siang in Indonesia

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Introduction / History
The Siang people live in the province of Central Kalimantan. They are often called the Siang-Murung people because of the close relationship between the Siang and Murung peoples. The Siang primarily live in the Tanah Siang, Permata Intan, Laung Tuhup, Sumber Barito, and Murung districts of the North Barito Regency.The Siang are one of the people groups in the Barito cluster, which is part of the larger Dayak ethno-linguistic cluster. Dayak peoples (sometimes identified as either Land or Sea Dayaks) tend to live alongside the interior rivers of Kalimantan.Their language is called Siang, which is part of the Ot Danum language cluster. The Siang language is considered a "more polite" language than the Murung language. The Siang are particularly proud of their songs honoring respected guests or praising those who have done extraordinary feats.

What are their lives like?
The main means of livelihood of the Siang people is farming. Other than that, they tap rubber trees, gather forest products such as rattan, hunt pigs, and pan for gold and diamonds. They still use simple tools such as spears, blowpipes, and trident harpoons. The Siang people's mobility is low. In spite of this, the Siang people group is not a closed group. They are known as a friendly and open people, but of course any newcomer would have to adapt himself to their customs and traditions. The custom of helping one another is dominant in their communities. For example, during planting and harvest time, neighbors come to help, bringing their own tools, while the owner of the field provides the food and drink. This type of helping one another is called haweh. Nango is helping spontaneously without an invitation, and ndohop is giving aid to one who is unable to proceed with the requirements for a marriage ceremony. The ancestral line is characterized as ambilineal. Extended families are formed by the groom living with the bride's family. Social interaction is clearly defined. Their customs and manners are carefully defined, in matters concerning parents-in-law relations to their children-in-law. Another example is that a brother-in-law is not allowed to enter the house of his sister-in-law if her husband is not home.

What are their beliefs?
The Siang people follow an ancestral belief system called Kaharingan. They believe invisible creatures and spirits of the deceased inhabit the natural world around them. These spirits at times actually enter the visible world which is called Lewu Liau. When someone dies, they are temporarily buried, then later a special observance called numbeng is held to send the spirit to the spirit world to face the highest god/spirit called Ranying Mahatalla Langit.

What are their needs?
There are needs for improvement in the basic infrastructure to facilitate communication with surrounding areas. This will serve to improve the marketing of agricultural products as well as to expand their horizons. They need to be taught how to use modern tools in order to maximize productivity. The wealth of mineral reserves, gold deposits, and other precious stones in the regions where the Siang live needs professional and wise development so that the welfare of these people will improve.

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Country: Indonesia
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:30 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Total Provinces on file:2
Location in Country:Kalimantan Tengah Province, Murung Raya regency. Northern bend area, Barito river, north along tributary.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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People Name in Country: Siang
People Name General: Siang
Alternate People Names:
Ot Siang
ROP3 Code: 108981
Joshua Project People ID: 14933
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 19,000
Population all Countries: 19,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Barito of Kalimantan
People Name General: Siang
Ethnic Code: MSY44r
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Siang (19,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): sya    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity5.00 %(Evangelical: 0.20 %)
Ethnic Religions94.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam1.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant100.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(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 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
 
 
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Siang in Indonesia

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