Northern Sama in Philippines


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Introduction / History

The Bangingi, a major Muslim Sama group, is also known as the Northern Sama.


The Sama peoples were originally in the islands and coastal areas separating southwestern Mindanao from the northeastern islands of Sulu. They probably first dispersed in the first millennium A.D. because of expanding Chinese trade. This southward migration sped up in the fifteenth century with the founding of a Sulu sultanate and increased maritime trade. From bases, particularly on Balangingi Island, Sama slave traders carried out annual raids on coastal settlements from Luzon to the central Moluccas.


Today the Northern Sama are dispersed throughout the greater Sulu Archipelago, which extends from Mindanao Island in the southern Philippines towards Borneo. They are mainly in the Philippines though some live in Malaysia.


What Are Their Lives Like?

As a whole, the Sama are a highly fragmented people without overall political unity. Some have assimilated into the Filipino culture, attending schools and working in small businesses within local cities as vendors. Christians, primarily Catholics, have reached out to help these people in the areas of health and education.


Individual Sama groups, such as the Northern Sama, identify themselves by dialect and geographic location.


Fishing, boat building, and iron working are primarily male occupations, while weaving mats and marketing pottery are jobs for women. Both men and women engage in collecting and selling valuables from the sea, such as sea cucumbers. They are also farmers. The Northern Sama grow rice, cassava, corn, ginger, sugar cane, bananas, and other tropical fruits.


Northern Sama settlements comprise densely clustered houses along well-protected stretches of shoreline. In some places, they build their homes directly over the sea, but in other places, they locate them along the beachfront. If over the water, planks or narrow bridges connect them. Built on stilts one to three meters above the ground or high-water mark, houses usually have one rectangular room with an attached kitchen.


They group their households into larger units called tumpuks (clusters), which are located near one another and are related by close kinship ties. Within the village, one household head is acknowledged as the tumpuk spokesman. In some instances, the tumpuks coincide with the parishes, whose members belong to a single mosque.


The Northern Sama are known for their traditional dances, songs, percussion and xylophone music, dyed mats and food covers, and wood carvings. Wood carvings for graves are especially ornate.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Northern Sama are an Islamic people group, following the Sunni traditions while mixing them with elements of animism. They believe that the spirits of the dead remain in the vicinity of their graves, requiring expressions of continued concern from the living. They have reported that some of these graves are the source of miracle working power.


The Sama peoples believe that during a particular month, Allah permits the souls of the dead to return to this world. To honor them, the living offer special prayers to the dead and clean the graves.


What Are Their Needs?

The Northern Sama people need to put their faith in the Risen Savior, Jesus Christ, rather than in the dead.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Sama Bangingi, Northern Sama in Philippines.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Northern Sama people teachable and understanding hearts.


Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Northern Sama families into a rich experience of God’s blessing.


Pray for Northern Sama families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ’s work on the cross.


Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Northern Sama family leaders to experience God’s blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-06-18
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-06-21
People Name General Sama Bangingi, Northern Sama
People Name in Country Sama Bangingi, Northern Sama
Natural Name Northern Sama
Population this Country 100,000
Population all Countries 105,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Ba; Bajau; Balangingi; Bangingi; Bangingi Sama; Northern Sinama; Sama; Sama, Northern; Sibuku; Sinama
People ID 14031
ROP3 Code 107461
Country Philippines
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Western Mindanao, Sulu archipelago northeast of Jolo, Zamboanga coast peninsula and islands and Basilan island. Northern Sama dialect: Luzon, White Beach near Subic bay; Lutangan dialect: Olutangga island. Possibly on Luzon and Palawan.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Philippines
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Western Mindanao, Sulu archipelago northeast of Jolo, Zamboanga coast peninsula and islands and Basilan island. Northern Sama dialect: Luzon, White Beach near Subic bay; Lutangan dialect: Olutangga island. Possibly on Luzon and Palawan..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Sama, Balangingih (100,000 speakers)
Language Code sse   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Sama, Balangingih (100,000 speakers)
Language Code sse   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Sama, Balangingih

Primary Language:  Sama, Balangingih

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1979-2009)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2008)
Bible-Complete No
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sama, Balangingih
General Gospel resources links
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Sama, Balangingih
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
95.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Bethany World Prayer Center 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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