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Maguindanao in Philippines


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,286,000 Maguindanaon Islam 0.10 % 0.04 % No   

Maguindanao in Philippines

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Introduction / History
The Magindanaw are one of many groups of lowland Filipinos. Apparently, they migrated to the islands from southwest Asia several thousand years ago. Today, they live primarily on the island of Mindanao, which is located in the Southern Philippines.

The name Magindanaw, meaning people of the flood plain, was given to both the people and the island on which they live.

According to legend, the Magindanaw were converted to Islam by Sarip Kabungsuwan, a Muslim prince, who claimed to be a direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammed. The legend states that he won his converts by a combination of his wisdom, the appeal of his message, and certain supernatural powers. This prince married a local woman who is said to have been born miraculously from a stalk of bamboo!

What are their lives like?
Traditional Magindanaw settlements were located near waterways. This allowed ease of transportation and communication by boat. Several of the major trading centers were also seats of political power, while other settlements along or near the waterways were controlled by datus (local chiefs).

This traditional pattern of settlement has been slowly altered by the building of roads that do not follow the natural course of the waterways. Large towns have sprung up along these highways, becoming new centers of commerce.

Today, the Magindanaw still produce nearly all of their own food. They grow a variety of crops, trap fish, and obtain wild foods from the marshes. Wet rice is grown in the lowlands, and dry rice and corn are farmed in the upland areas. Their diet includes yams, rice, tomatoes, squash, beans, coconuts; and for protein, goats, chickens, and eggs.

Those of highest rank in the society tend to be removed from manual labor. Among the rest, the men do the plowing, tilling, and other heavy farm work, while the women and children tend to the household duties.

Their art is confined mostly to weaving, basket making, and designing ornaments. Bright clothing, beaded jewelry, and other accessories make the apparel of the Magindanaw distinctive and colorful. Graceful dances are performed on special occasions to the music of gongs and other instruments.

The Magindanaw kinship system is traced through both of the parents. It is unusual, however, because it is modified by a system of social rank, certain rules of descent, and distinctive marriage patterns. Among the Magindanaw, social rank is considered to be less important than blood relationship.

There is a strong preference for marriage between relatives, especially marriage to second cousins. Most marriages are monogamous, although polygyny (having more than one wife) is permitted by Islamic law.

The blood feud is one of the most serious and distinctive types of conflict within the group. It usually results from a killing that involves different families or communities.

What are their beliefs?
Even though the Magindanaw are the largest group of Muslim Filipinos, their belief system is more a form of "folk Islam" than orthodox Islam. Their Islamic practices are usually mingled with animistic beliefs (belief that inanimate objects have spirits).

Muslim religious leaders and teachers (imams and panditas) preside over religious life. They also teach young schoolboys to read and memorize the Qu'ran. The Magindanaw regularly celebrate religious holidays and other festivals.

What are their needs?
Although the Magindanaw do not practice a strict form of Islam, any form of Islam is hard to influence. Some Christian radio and television broadcasts are available for the Magindanaw, but there have been very few responses to them.

Prayer Points
* Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to go to the Philippines and share Christ with the Magindanaw.
* Pray that God will raise up an army of intercessors who will faithfully stand in the gap for the Magindanaw.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to prepare the hearts of the people for the Gospel.
* Pray for God to encourage, strengthen, and protect and the small number of Magindanaw believers.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to give missions agencies creative ideas with which to reach the Muslim Magindanaw.
* Ask the Lord to raise up a strong local church among the Magindanaw.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2012-07-06
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-06-21
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-06-14
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-06-25
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-06-16
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Country: Philippines
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Mindanao, most of Maguindanao Province, Cotabato city southeast to Lake Buluan; North Cotabato Province, south central area from Kayaga to Dillian; central Sultan Kudarat Province west of Lake Buluan; South Cotabato Province, northern tip.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Maguindanao
People Name General: Maguindanao
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 106017
Joshua Project People ID: 13209
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,286,000
Population all Countries: 1,286,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Filipino, Muslim
People Name General: Maguindanao
Ethnic Code: MSY44x
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Maguindanaon
Language Code (ISO): mdh    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.10 %(Evangelical: 0.04 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.90 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant15.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic85.00 %
(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 3   Less than 2% Evangelical. Widespread church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1991-2010
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Maguindanaon
Film / VideoThe Bridge
Film / VideoThe Flood of Faith
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Maguindanao in Philippines

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