Kayaman in Malaysia

Joshua Project has identified the Kayaman only in Malaysia
Population
1,100
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Kejaman is a language spoken by about 1,000 people. They are sometimes called Kejaman and other times called Kayaman.


Where Are they Located?

The people who speak this language live in northern Borneo in Malaysia's Belaga District.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kejaman people live in long houses. They made themselves known in 2016 by setting Malaysia's record for the highest number of people to participate in a Suwey Dance. That same year they produced a picture dictionary to preserve their dying language. As the logging industry encroaches on their forested homeland, many Kejaman people are leaving their traditional way of life. Many are marrying out of the Kejaman tribe and joining other people groups.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The primary religion practiced by the Kejaman people is ethnic religion. Ethnic religion is deeply rooted in a people's ethnic identity and conversion essentially equates to cultural assimilation. These people are losing their language and culture. They are almost certain to feel hostility to those who try to change their religion as well.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kejaman people need believers to help them adjust to the modern world as their old ways die out.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Kejaman leaders will have dreams of Jesus where the Savior reveals Himself to them.
* Pray for the Kejaman people to have a spiritual openness to Jesus during this time of great change.
* Pray for them to preserve their language and culture in their own churches.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge among the Kejaman people.


References

http://www.theborneopost.com/2015/12/17/kejaman-to-dance-their-way-into-malaysia-book-of-records/
http://www.theborneopost.com/2016/01/06/kejaman-community-produces-first-picture-dictionary/
http://www.peoplegroups.org/Explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=9262
http://www.flickriver.com/places/Malaysia/Sarawak/Kejaman/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kayaman
People Name in Country Kayaman
Population in Malaysia 1,100
World Population 1,100
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Kejaman
People ID 12588
ROP3 Code 104776
Country Malaysia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 31  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Central Sarawak, Kapit Division, near Belaga on Balui river.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Malaysia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 31  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Central Sarawak, Kapit Division, near Belaga on Balui river..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Kajaman (1,100 speakers)
Language Code kag   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kajaman
Primary Language Kajaman (1,100 speakers)
Language Code kag   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kajaman

Primary Language:  Kajaman

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
96.00 %
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
10.0 %
Protestant
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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