Luhu in Indonesia

The Luhu have only been reported in Indonesia
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Introduction / History

The Luhu people also go by the name of Suku Luhu. They are a tribe living in southern Sulawesi Island, primarily in the Luwu and Enrekang regencies of South Sulawesi province.

Their language is part of the South Sulawesi language group. It is closely related to the languages of the larger Buginese and Makassar peoples.

Traditionally the Luhu people were farmers, fishermen and hunters. They were known for their skills in ironworking and producing traditional folk medicines.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Luhu culture is closely related to their agrarian past. Many work in the palm oil industry or they have migrated to urban centers looking for economic opportunities. Though they have faced challenges from land conflicts and social marginalization, the Luhu have maintained their culture and way of life to a large degree.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Luhu people are Sunni Muslims who believe that the supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship.

The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.

Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will.

Like many rural Indonesian peoples, the Luhu people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well they live on a daily basis. For that reason, some Muslims appease spirits using charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces. More orthodox Muslims consider these practices heretical and un-Islamic.


What Are Their Needs?

The Luhu people need the Holy Spirit to direct them into a loving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray for Luhu culture to be renewed and enhanced by a work of the Holy Spirit and shaped into a God-centered and God-honoring mold.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among their family and community leaders to seek his face and enjoy his blessings.

Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among the Luhu people.

Pray that soon the Luhu people will have faith that will lead them to live honorable lives that will draw others to the savior.


Scripture Prayers for the Luhu in Indonesia.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Luhu
People Name in Country Luhu
Alternate Names Kelang
Population this Country 12,000
Population all Countries 12,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 13144
ROP3 Code 105912
ROP25 Code 304837
ROP25 Name Luhu
Country Indonesia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 42  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Maluku Province, Seram Bagian Barat regency, western Seram island, Hoamoal peninsula, northwest coast on Boano strait, south coast facing Piru bay: Luhu village. Boano and Manipa islands, west of Seram island.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Indonesia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 42  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Maluku Province, Seram Bagian Barat regency, western Seram island, Hoamoal peninsula, northwest coast on Boano strait, south coast facing Piru bay: Luhu village. Boano and Manipa islands, west of Seram island..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Luhu in Indonesia Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
95.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Luhu (12,000 speakers)
Language Code lcq   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Luhu (12,000 speakers)
Language Code lcq   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Luhu

Primary Language:  Luhu

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name Source
General Language Learning Phrasebook They Need the Bible
Map Source People Group location: IMB / SIL. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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