Buginese in Singapore

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Have you ever heard of the Bugi man? This came from the days when the Bugi people (aka, Buginese) were pirates, and they were greatly feared throughout what is now Indonesia. The Buginese began their pattern of moving to other parts of Southeast Asia during the 1700s when they were at odds with the Dutch East India Company which was becoming more powerful in Indonesia. Despite the efforts of foreign imperialists, the Buginese managed to establish their own centers of power in other parts of Indonesia like Selengor and Riau.

Today the Bugis are dynamic, highly mobile people, considered to be the dominant people group in South Sulawesi, and island in Indonesia. They are an aggressive people who can thrive in a fast-moving business-friendly environment like Singapore.

Where Are they Located?

Many Bugis have left their home in Sulawesi to seek success and wealth and have moved to Sumbawa, Java, Papua, and even Malaysia. Those who are more fortunate manage to make their fortune in modern Singapore.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Singapore is a fast-paced business-like environment. The Bugi people who do business there much have wealth to be able to afford the high cost of living.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bugis are well known for their fervent adherence to Sunni Islam. However, many of them are still bound to their traditional system of animistic beliefs. Traditional culture has a significant impact on the Bugis due to its religious values.

What Are Their Needs?

The Buginese people need the humility and teachability to allow Jesus Christ to enter their lives. There are many believers in Singapore, and many mission agencies that can reach them. They only need to listen and open their hearts.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Buginese in Singapore.

* Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out more workers into his harvest field among the Buginese in Singapore.
* Pray that the eyes of the Bugis will be opened to see Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
* Pray that many Bugis households will turn from strongholds of Islam to freedom in Christ.
* Pray for a fast-moving disciple-making movement among the Bugi people in Singapore and Indonesia.


Profiles by Keith Carey of Global Prayer Digest

Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Buginese
People Name in Country Buginese
Population this Country 11,000
Population all Countries 5,883,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Luwu
People ID 10985
ROP3 Code 101703
Country Singapore
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Singapore
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Language Bugis
Language Code bug   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bugis
Language Code bug   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bugis

Primary Language:  Bugis

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1863-1994)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1888)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1900-1997)
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 Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Final Night
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bugis
Film / Video Malam Terakhir
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.90 %)
1.50 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
2.00 %
94.50 %
2.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
20.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
Photo Source yudilasgan70 - Pixabay  Creative Commons 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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