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Balinese in Indonesia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,139,000 Bali Hinduism 1.26 % 0.16 %   

Balinese in Indonesia

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Introduction / History
The island of Bali is probably better known than the country of Indonesia. The word "Bali" brings to mind visions of a tropical paradise. Its beauty, friendly people, exquisite art and unique dance have made Bali a favorite destination for millions of tourists from around the world. On this "Island of the gods" reside the Balinese. However, many Balinese can also be found on the nearby island of Lombok, as well as in Lampung, Sulawesi, South Kalimantan, Sumbawa and Papua.

What are their lives like?
Most Balinese live in very close knit villages with strong family, social, religious and economic interrelationships. Much of the village's interactions are centered on Hindu worship in the temples and agricultural cooperatives in the surrounding fields. The Balinese have two distinct groups, the Baliaga, (indigenous Balinese) and the Bali Majapahit (originally from the Majapahit Kingdom of Java). The Bali Majapahit inhabit most of the island with some located in the lowlands. They are the group here described as "Balinese". The Balinese' main livelihood is rice farming. Their irrigation system is called subak (sharing water resources). The solidarity among those who share water is displayed in their meetings and religious ceremonies. The natural beauty of Bali and the unique culture of the Balinese have provided the impetus for a booming tourist industry. The face of the island has been changed with the development of luxury hotels, souvenir shops and other tourist related industries. Along with these changes have come a variety of employment opportunities. The Balinese are known throughout the world for their artistic abilities. Many Balinese villages specialize in one particular form of art. Their artistic talents can be seen in the variety of their paintings, carvings, sculpting, dancing and weavings.

What are their beliefs?
Hinduism is the primary religion of the Balinese. Even though Hinduism has greatly affected the culture, the Balinese have managed to maintain their original culture, so that Balinese Hinduism differs from Indian Hinduism. Balinese Hindus believe that there is one god that can be explained by the Trimurti, a concept of three aspects of God: Brahma, the creator; Vishnu, the protector; and Shiva, the destroyer. The Balinese practice Panca Yadnya (5 Ceremonies): 1) Manusia Yadnya (life cycle ceremonies); 2) Putra Yadnya (ancestral ceremonies); 2) Dewa Yadnya (ceremonies to gods who save the world); 4) Resi Yadnya (priest ordination); and 5) Buta Yadnya (ceremonies to protect against evil spirits). The impact of Hinduism can be seen throughout Bali. For example, each neighborhood provides a dadia (communal shrine). Both individual families and larger assemblies use this shrine to offer food and flowers to their gods.

What are their needs?
A great need in Bali is a government plan for tourism development. Ironically, a key challenge is to maintain the integrity of Balinese culture in the face of the destructive forces that often accompany tourism. Well-conceived and well-executed laws could preserve the beauty and culture of Bali as well as promote its tourist trade for many years to come.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2013-06-08
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Country: Indonesia
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:49 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Bali Province, widespread throughout entire island, including Penida; to east, Nusa Tenggara Barat Province, Kota Mataram and Lombok Barat regency, west central Lombok island.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Balinese
People Name General: Balinese
ROP3 Code: 100850
Joshua Project People ID: 10606
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 4,139,000
Population all Countries: 4,145,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Bali-Sasak
People Name General: Balinese
Ethnic Code: MSY44a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bali (4,139,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ban    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.26 % 
Christianity1.26 %(Evangelical: 0.16 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism95.23 % 
Islam3.24 % 
Non-Religious0.01 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent20.00 %
Protestant70.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic10.00 %
(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 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1910-1988
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1990
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoHelp From Heaven
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Bali
Text / Printed MatterBible: Today's Bali Bible
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Balinese in Indonesia

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People Cluster
    Bali-Sasak     Asia, Southeast    
      Balinese Indonesia    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Balinese in Indonesia          
      Religion Language  
      Hinduism     Bali  
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