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Dayak, Lawangan in Indonesia

Dayak, Lawangan

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
130,000 Lawangan Islam 5.00 % 0.03 % No No   

Dayak, Lawangan in Indonesia

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Introduction / History
The name Lawangan is originally from the word luang, which means hole. This meaning has lead to suggestions that the ancestors of the Lawangan people lived in caves at the foot of Luang Mountain. The Lawangan are one of the people groups in the Barito cluster which is part of the larger Dayak ethno-linguistic cluster. Dayak peoples (sometimes subdivided as either Land or Sea Dayaks) tend to live alongside the interior rivers of Kalimantan.

The Lawangan people make their living through hunting, fishing, farming, raising livestock, making handicrafts, and recently some have become traders. They also work on rubber and coffee plantations. Because the land is mountainous, the Lawangan people often have to walk several hours to reach their farming area. Generally, the worldview of the Lawangan people is connected with belief in spirits. In the same way, their arts and culture are related to these spirit beliefs. The Lawangan perform many traditional ceremonies, such as for finding a mate, marriage, pregnancy, birth, circumcision at the age of 7, medication, burial, remembrance of the dead, and religious celebrations. It is important to note that marriage is sacred to them and marriage to a close relative is forbidden.

The Lawangan are typically followers of the traditional Dayak beliefs, called Kaharingan. In addition, there are also followers of the Nyuli belief. The focus of the Nyuli teaching is that there is a resurrection after death (Suli). According to Nyuli teaching, Bukit Lumut will release the departed spirit. Such a spirit will then return to their village, bringing something from eternity that can be used to improve the condition of the world. In addition the Lawangan worship the spirits of their ancestors, which are called duwata. Every family worships its own duwata that acts as their house god. Human bones are used to call duwata. Used by permission © 2001 PJRN Indonesia

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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
Location in Country:Central Kalimantan Timur Province, Karau river area; Kalimantan Selatan Province, Kotabaru, Balangan, Tabalong regencies; Kalimantan Tengah Province, North, East, and South Barito regencies.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Dayak, Lawangan
People Name General: Dayak, Lawangan
ROP3 Code: 115426
Joshua Project People ID: 14329
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 130,000
Population all Countries: 130,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Banjar of Kalimantan
People Name General: Dayak, Lawangan
Ethnic Code: MSY44y
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Lawangan (130,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): lbx    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity5.00 %(Evangelical: 0.03 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam85.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant80.00 %
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 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Dayak, Lawangan in Indonesia

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