Batak Angkola in Indonesia

Joshua Project has identified the Batak Angkola only in Indonesia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Batak Angkola people are the people who descended from the Batak Toba and the Mandailing peoples. In Sipirok (the biggest town in the South Tapanuli regency) , nearly half of the people descended from the people who migrated from North Tapanuli to South Tapanuli in the 14th century who belong to the Siregar clan. The clans of the Batak Angkola people are Nasution, Siregar, Harahap, Pohan, Hasibuan, Daulay some of them belong to clans that belong to the Batak Toba people such as Pasaribu, Hutagalung

Where Are they Located?

Most of the Batak Angkola people live in South Tapanuli regency, Padangsidimpuan city and Sibolga city some of them migrate to big cities such as Medan, Padang, Pekanbaru, Batam or even Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, or even abroad.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Batak Angkola living in South Tapanuli regency are farmers, whereas most of them who live in Padangsidimpuan or Sibolga city are rickshaw drivers or motor rickshaw drivers. Some of the Batak Angkola men living in Medan, Padang, Pekanbaru, Batam, Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya are minibus drivers, lorry drivers, bus drivers, private chauffeurs,or even thugs/premans. Most of the educated Batak Angkola who live outside their homeland become teachers, doctors or lawyers

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of the Batak Angkola are Muslims, influence of Islam came from West Sumatra in the early 19th century. But some of them are Christians. In the town of Sipirok (the biggest town in the South Tapanuli regency) and in the city of Sibolga, it is normal if there is a mosque and a church standing next to each other. But animistic beliefs are not gone at all, there are still some traditional healers called 'ompung dukun', some people go to the 'ompung dukun' if they have a problem. But today, some Muslim clerics declare that as forbidden even though the people who go to the 'ompung dukun' does not believe in the magic spells of the 'ompung dukun'.

What Are Their Needs?

Some of the roads in South Tapanuli regency and Padangsidimpuan city are poorly maintained, so they need the roads to be repaired. They also need good education, because they have the philosophy 'anakkon hi do hamoraon di ahu', which means 'my son/daughter is my wealth', so they must do anything that is good for the son/daughter.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Batak Angkola
People Name in Country Batak Angkola
Population in Indonesia 1,157,000
World Population 1,157,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Angkola Batak
Affinity Bloc Malay Peoples
People Cluster Batak-Nias of Sumatra
People Name General Batak Angkola
Ethnic Code MSY44b
People ID 10718
Country Indonesia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 47  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country North central, Sipirok area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Batak Angkola (1,157,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Batak Angkola 1,157,000
For Primary Language: Batak Angkola

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1872-1889)
New Testament Yes   (1879-1902)
Complete Bible Yes   (1991)
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Batak Angkola Film / Video
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 6.00 %)
40.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
60.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
20.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
80.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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