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Palembang in Indonesia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,427,000 Musi Islam 0.03 % 0.00 % No   

Palembang in Indonesia

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Introduction / History
Palembang is the name of a city and a people group. The Palembang people live mostly in Palembang city as well as spread out in groups in several other areas. The Palembang are sometimes called Melayu Palembang or Musi Banyuasin people. The Mesuji can also be considered a part of the Palembang. In the city of Palembang, they live in groups and are spread across the region. They live in several subdistricts in the Ogan Komering Ilir District: Tulang Selapan, Sirah Pulau Padang, Pedamaran, Mesuji, Air Sugihan and Pampangan. And they also live in subdisticts in the Musi Banyuasin District: Sungai Lilin and Bayung Lencir. And they also live right across the Banyuasin District. They use the Malay Language with a Palembang dialect. The language is easy to master for those who can speak Indonesian. However, their language also has some special characteristics. For example the letter 'r' is not accentuated like the other languages and they add the letter 'o' to the end of words.

What are their lives like?
Rivers are important for the livelihood of the Palembang. They use it for selling on the boats, transportation, planting rice, bathing, washing, etc. Many of the Palembang people work as government workers. They also work well in a variety of other occupations, such as market traders, factory workers, manual laborers, fishermen, teachers or handicraft producers. A typical Palembang house is designed with a distinctive pyramid shape. Most of their houses are raised, standing above water or land. This method is used for protecting the homes from the frequent floods. The lineage of descent is traced through both parents (bilateral). In the family, the husband is responsible as the provider and the protector of the home. The wife's responsibilities are to take care of the tidiness and harmony of the home so that her husband can say, "My home is my heaven." The Palembang are acquainted with the tradition of "free marriage". This means that a child is free to draw the family lineage by choosing his family or clan name from the father's or the mother's clan. Other traditions are also free. For example, the newlywed couple is free to live where they want or in a place that has been determined beforehand through discussion with their parents. For the Palembang people, the wedding ceremony has a very important meaning. It is a symbol of bringing into existence unity, togetherness and mutual assistance.

What are their beliefs?
The Palembang follow the Muslim religion and believe that to follow Islam is to practice all of the religious duties. Friday afternoon is a quiet day because most of the men are involved with their Friday ritual prayers. For the month of fasting, the majority of people fast diligently. Although Islamic awareness is very high, the role of the shaman is still prominent in many areas of life. For example, if something is lost or someone is sick, a shaman is usually consulted first. The shaman has a respected social status and is highly regarded in the opinion of Palembang citizens.

What are their needs?
Rice cultivation irrigation techniques are needed for those who live beside the river. At present, rice is only harvested once a year. Also, techniques need to be developed for draining water from the fields into the river during the rainy season or times of flooding as well as irrigating the fields during the dry season. With this kind of technology, the Palembang could harvest rice two or three times a year. Also, assistance eradicating the high population of rats would be very helpful to increase rice production.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2007-06-15
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-06-09
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-06-13
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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:Sumatera Selatan Province, widespread in northern 2 thirds of province; Musi river upstream to Bukit Barisan mountains, downstream to eastern coastal swamplands; into northeast Lampung Province; a few small border areas in Jambi and Bengkulu provinces.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Palembang
People Name General: Palembang
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 107781
Joshua Project People ID: 14274
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 3,427,000
Population all Countries: 3,438,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Musi of Sumatra
People Name General: Palembang
Ethnic Code: MSY44k
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Primary Language: Musi (3,427,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mui    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Palembang Malay
Dialect Code:15424
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.03 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions9.97 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam90.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent15.00 %
Protestant70.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic15.00 %
(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 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFinal NIght
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Musi
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Palembang in Indonesia

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People Cluster
    Musi of Sumatra     Asia, Southeast    
      Palembang Indonesia    
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