Buol in Indonesia

Joshua Project has identified the Buol only in Indonesia
Population
106,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Buol live in the districts of Biau, Momunu, Bokat, Bunobugu and Paleleh in the Toli-Toli regency in Central Sulawesi which borders the Gorontalo province. Formerly mountain dwellers, the Buol now live in scattered villages on the central part of the northern peninsula, to the northwest of the Gorontalo province. The history of the Buol region is one of the rise and fall of small kingdoms and their occasional confederation into larger entities for defense and conquest. Sometimes, the Buol people are treated as a subgroup of the Gorontalo people group due to cultural and linguistic similarities. The Buol language is part of a larger linguistic grouping called the Gorontalic family which also includes the Bintauna, Kaidipang, Bolango, Gorontalo, Lolak and Suwawa languages.


What Are Their Lives Like?

There is not a good road system in this area, so most contact among the Buol people is by sea, as the area is bordered by the Sulawesi Sea. Even though the various Buol villages are limited in their contact, they still maintain a sense of unity as a people group. They are united by language and cultural practices. Most of the Buol earn a living as rice farmers (irrigated and unirrigated styles). They also plant coconut groves and cloves, which are export commodities. The tropical rain forest in the area also supports them with harvests of rattan, resin, cinnamon and brown sugar. Along the coastal regions, the Buol are fishermen. In addition to these occupations, some work as traders. In former times, the Buol people lived under the authority of the Buol Kingdom. As a result of the kingdom's social patterns, there were several classes in the society. There was the class made up of the king's family (tan poyoduiya); the nobility that had close ties with the king (tan wayu); the class that had distant ties with royalty (tan wanon); the common class (taupat); and the slave class made up of people who had broken traditional laws or were captives as a result of war. During this era, every class was distinct and people could discern the class of an individual by observing their everyday dress. The former class structure now appears to have changed as a result of the influence of Islam and the advancement of education. Advances in the economy have also influenced the lifestyle of the Buol people. At the present time, status is based upon one's position as a government or religious leader, as well as educational achievement. Even so, cultural leaders and those considered elders continue to be honored.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Buol have embraced Islamic teachings and this has greatly influenced their lives. Despite this, traditional animistic beliefs are still strong in daily life. They still believe in the power of spirits that inhabit sacred places. Many seek the help of a dukun (shaman/healer/occultist) to prevent sickness or to exorcise evil spirits.


What Are Their Needs?

Forestry and fishing have the greatest potential for further economic development of the Buol region. The tourism sector also has potential to develop, as the coastal areas of the Buol region contain many exotic locales. However, tourism would need to be supported by adequate transportation facilities because the Buol region is quite far from Palu (capital of Central Sulawesi province) and Gorontalo (capital of Gorontalo province).


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Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-06-18
Pray for Sulawesi
People Name General Buol
People Name in Country Buol
Population in Indonesia 106,000
World Population 106,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3 to 4
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bual
People ID 11021
ROP3 Code 101758
Country Indonesia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 46  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Sulawesi Tengah Province, Paleleh, Bunobogu, Bokat, Momunu, Biau, and Baolan subdistricts, 68 villages; north coast, near Gorontalo Province border.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Indonesia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 46  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Sulawesi Tengah Province, Paleleh, Bunobogu, Bokat, Momunu, Biau, and Baolan subdistricts, 68 villages; north coast, near Gorontalo Province border..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Buol (106,000 speakers)
Language Code blf   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Buol
Primary Language Buol (106,000 speakers)
Language Code blf   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Buol

Primary Language:  Buol

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.01 %)
0.03 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.97 %
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 %
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