Tau't Batu in Philippines

Joshua Project has identified the Tau't Batu only in Philippines





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Main Language


Introduction / History

The Tau't Bato are still practicing a primitive lifestyle. The men are still wearing G-strings made of bark and cloth while the women are wearing a skirt made of a piece of cloth to cover their lower body. Most of them are half naked, but because of the outside influence through trade, women are beginning to wear a blouse.

They live around cave dwellings in which they construct a house framework made of light and sturdy materials such as saplings. They make sleeping platforms and multi-purpose platforms to serve as floors or beds.

The Tau't Bato practice marriage groups or "ka-asawahan", which serves as the basic social unit among them. The "Ka-asawahan" or household units can be basically made up of a couple, man and his wife, to several numbers of couples. They are further grouped into a larger association called "Bulun-bulun". The system is an arrangement of several couples co-habitating in a single cave for residence. It is characterized by a system of sharing different kinds of social and material exchanges such as food and other equipment.

The Tau't Bato are music-lovers too. They know how to play two musical instruments known as "Kubing" and "Kudlong" in addition to the gong.

The Tau't Bato are cultivators who practice multiple cropping with cassava as the major product. They also plant sweet potato, sugarcane, malunggay, garlic, pepper, string beans, squash, tomato, pineapple and other plants which will grown on their farms. They are also fond of hunting and foraging in order to supply their need for more carbohydrates. Wild pigs are the most hunted animals.

Trade among the Tau't Bato is done through "Sambi" (barter) or "Dagang" (monetary exchange). Tau't Bato's trade is specifically for marine fish which they get from the neighboring Candawaga people. The Tau't Bato people also trade forest products such as almaciga and rattan. They are also good in basketry.

The Tau't Bato people live in a very remote place which is not affected by any political activity. Because of their small numbers and primitive ways, not many political activities are being done among them.

Prayer Points

* The Tau't Bato community is an unreached territory. Although the population is very small, they need a spiritual leader and a church. The Tau't Bato people are waiting for anyone who can introduce them to the Savior of mankind.
* Perhaps because of their late exposure to modern civilization, there is a great need for literacy ministry among them. This could pave the way towards their spiritual salvation.
* As the community becomes open to modernity, the people must be protected from the abrupt changes that they may experience in the future. There must be enough time to prepare them for modernization.

Profile Source:   Asia Missions (AMNET)  

People Name General Tau't Batu
People Name in Country Tau't Batu
Population in Philippines 400
World Population 400
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ken-uy, Konoy, Tao't Batu
Affinity Bloc Malay Peoples
People Cluster Filipino, Tribal
People Name General Tau't Batu
Ethnic Code AUG05
People ID 19189
Country Philippines
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country South Palawan island, west side from north of Quezon to just north of Rizal; Abu Abu area east side, mostly along upland rivers, with a few living along the coast.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Palawano, Central (400)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Palawano, Central 400
For Primary Language: Palawano, Central

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1959-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1964)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
85.00 %
0.00 %
10.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
100.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Mark Stevens  
Profile Source: Asia Missions (AMNET)  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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