Balinese in Malaysia

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The island of Bali is probably better known than the entire country of Indonesia. The word "Bali" brings to mind visions of a tropical paradise. Its beauty, friendly people, exquisite art, and unique culture 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. Others live in Malaysia, a beautiful country near Indonesia.

Where Are they Located?

Most Balinese live on the Indonesian island of Bali, but some have migrated to nearby Malaysia or Australia. There are a small number of Balinese people in the US as well.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Balinese live in very close-knit villages with strong family, social, religious and economic interrelationships. The Balinese are known throughout the world for their artistic abilities.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Hinduism is the primary religion of the Balinese people in Indonesia and Malaysia. 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.

What Are Their Needs?

The Balinese need to experience the lovingkindness of the Lord, and forsake all other gods.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Balinese in Malaysia.

* Pray that Balinese elders in Malaysia will have dreams and visions of Jesus that will open their hearts to Him.
* Pray for spiritual openness among the Balinese people.
Pray that as Balinese Hindus embrace Christ that they will forsake all other gods.
* Pray for a disciple making movement among the Balinese in Malaysia that will spread to their communities in Indonesian and Australia.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Balinese
People Name in Country Balinese
Pronunciation bah-lih-NEEZ
Population this Country 6,000
Population all Countries 4,188,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names
People ID 10606
ROP3 Code 100850
Country Malaysia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 46  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Malaysia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 46  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Primary Language Bali (6,000 speakers)
Language Code ban   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bali (6,000 speakers)
Language Code ban   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bali

Primary Language:  Bali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1910-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1978-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1990)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Help From Heaven
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bali
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from FCBH
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Today's Bali Bible
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
90.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source _paVan_ - Flickr  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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