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Burusu in Indonesia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
5,400 Burusu Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 1.00 % No No   

Burusu in Indonesia

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Introduction / History
The Dayak Berusu/Belusu hail from the province of Kalimantan Utara (before separate from Kalimantan Timur). The majority lives in Kabupaten Tana Tidung and Malinau in Kalimantan Utara. According to Bornean researcher Tjilik Riwut, the Dayak Berusu could be the sub-group of Dayak Punan. Unfortunately, this claim was rejected by the Dayak Berusu themselves through their own oral history.

Regarding to their language, the Dayak Berusu language is very similar to other Murutic groups, like Tidung and Sembakung-Kalabakans Muruts. Like the life of Dayak Muruts, Tidungs and the Lundayeh, they live in the rural area in smaller scale villages in the province.

What are their lives like?
Due to expansion of Javanese transmigration in the Dayak Berusu land, they often leave their villages and migrate to the nearest city with better facilities. Some of Dayak Berusu migrate to Sabah to seek better living.

There are around 25,000 Dayak Berusu living in Kalimantan Utara.

What are their beliefs?
Some of them converted to Christianity while other still maintain their original animism religion especially the Ritual for the Dead.

Interview of the Indigenous Belusu/Berusu in Tawau, Sabah and villagers from Sesayap Hilir, Kalimantan Utara. Anak Borneo groups: Diving into Modernity without Sinking Our Identity

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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:Kalimantan Timur Province, Bulungan regency, Sesayap subdistrict, Sekatakbunyi town area, west of Kayan river delta.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Burusu
People Name General: Burusu
ROP3 Code: 101789
Joshua Project People ID: 11036
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 5,400
Population all Countries: 5,400
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Borneo-Kalimantan
People Name General: Burusu
Ethnic Code: MSY44e
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Burusu (5,400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bqr    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity30.00 %(Evangelical: 1.00 %)
Ethnic Religions70.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic80.00 %
(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 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Burusu in Indonesia

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