Meratus, Bukit in Indonesia

The Meratus, Bukit have only been reported in Indonesia
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Introduction / History

The Meratus Bukit or Bukit Malay are an indigenous people living in the southeastern section of Kalimantan Province on the island of Borneo in Indonesia. The Meratus make their living through agriculture, gathering forest products, hunting, and fishing.

Indonesia gained its freedom from the Netherlands in 1949. It is the largest Muslim majority country in the world as well as the fourth largest nation by population. Indonesia consists of over 17,000 islands of which 10,000 are inhabited. Indonesia has oil, natural gas and mineral assets but the average Indonesian does not benefit from the nation’s wealth.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Meratus people are rice farmers, raising crops in "swiddens", or clearings in the forest. Swiddens are farmed for a few years, then left for the forest to reclaim the land. The Meratus also collect forest products and trade with Banjar at markets outside the mountains. Many Meratus men can speak Banjar and Indonesian since government administrators conduct business in Indonesian and trade with the Banjar people is conducted in Banjar. A Meratus person's name changes over the course of his or her life, based on their stage in life and their children's names. Most Meratus live and farm in "umbuns", which are considered the primary social units. Meratus are classified as a semi-nomadic, isolated tribal people.

Marriage to one spouse is the norm among the Meratus. They marry within their group. Families and young couples arrange marriages. Many Meratus children die young due to the lack of modern medicine. Due to their semi-nomadic lifestyle, many Meratus children do not attend school. Even if they get a few years of schooling, many quit to help their families earn a living.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority of the Meratus practice folk religion and animism. They believe that spirits inhabit the objects of nature such as rivers, animals, trees, the sky and mountains. These spirits must be appeased by prayers and offerings or they can bring disaster upon the people. The Meratus also venerate their ancestors. Each village has a shaman who helps connect the Meratus to the spirit world. The shaman gives charms and amulets to protect the people and serves as the first person the Meratus go to when they have a medical need.


What Are Their Needs?

The lack of workers and lack of prayer inhibit the advance of the gospel throughout Indonesia.

The JESUS Film and gospel recordings are available in the language of the Meratus people. Workers can use the JESUS Film to strengthen the tiny existing church as well as provide evangelistic opportunities. Only Jesus can deliver the Meratus from their fear of evil spirits. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.


Prayer Points

Pray the Lord strengthens the small number of Meratus believers.

Please pray for their spiritual growth as well as numerical growth.

Pray they will represent Christ well and tell family and friends about the Savior.

Please pray the Lord will open the eyes of the Meratus people to their spiritual need and opportunity for forgiveness of sin by placing their trust in Jesus.


Scripture Prayers for the Meratus, Bukit in Indonesia.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

The Malays
Source:  Asia Harvest      Download

People Name General Meratus, Bukit
People Name in Country Meratus, Bukit
Population this Country 71,000
Population all Countries 71,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bukit Malay; Meratus
People ID 13440
ROP3 Code 106152
Country Indonesia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Kalimantan Selatan Province; central interior; Sampanahan river area, northwest of Limbungan town.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Indonesia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Kalimantan Selatan Province; central interior; Sampanahan river area, northwest of Limbungan town..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Malay, Bukit (71,000 speakers)
Language Code bvu   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Malay, Bukit (71,000 speakers)
Language Code bvu   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Malay, Bukit

Primary Language:  Malay, Bukit

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2021)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Malay, Bukit Jesus Film Project
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
95.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
100.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source Ezagren - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Video Source Asia Harvest
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more