Orang Jawa Javanese in Malaysia


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Introduction / History

The Orang Jawa ('people of Java', also known as 'Javanese') migrated from Central Java, Indonesia, to Malaysia from 1880 to 1930. They migrated to seek a new life away from the Dutch colonists who ruled Indonesia at that time. Today the Orang Jawa live throughout Peninsular Malaysia in parts of Perak, Selangor, and Kedah. There are also isolated communities in coastal areas of Sabah. Some have gained influential positions in Malaysian society. The Chief Minister of Selangor traces his roots back to Orang Jawa ancestors.
The Javanese language is being spoken less and less among today's younger Orang Jawa. Most of them have either never learned it or cannot remember how to speak it.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Recent generations of Orang Jawa who live in cities have assimilated with the general Malay culture. In the past their parents were farmers, construction workers and timber workers. Now they also work as bankers, pilots, engineers, accountants and politicians. They are known to be efficient and industrious. Some Orang Jawa in Selangor work as Islamic religious teachers.
In some villages, the Orang Jawa maintain their old identity and traditions. People from other Malay people groups who marry into an Orang Jawa family sometimes call themselves Orang Jawa, or Jawa Peranakan. Apart from growing their own vegetables and raising poultry, some villagers have also started their own tourism programs to promote the Javanese way of life.
The Orang Jawa are a very hospitable people, usually inviting visitors to share a meal with the family. Families are often quite large, some having between 10 and 17 children.
Marriages are grand affairs that sometimes last up to three days. Typically wedding guests give love gifts to the newlyweds. As the Orang Jawa have become more successful materially, their desire to recover their cultural roots has increased.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Orang Jawa are predominantly Sunni Muslims. During weddings and circumcision rituals they perform the jedur (songs of praise to the prophet Mohammed) which is compiled in a book called Silawatan. They also perform the kempling (a type of dance giving praise to Allah) during religious occasions. During the performance, they use a tool made from lamb's wool and wood. Someone reads from the Koran before and after the dance, and it takes a group of between ten to twenty people to perform the dance. The kempling performance is an opportunity for the Orang Jawa to get together to build ethnic solidarity and unity. It is also a time for discussing the challenges faced by the villages.


What Are Their Needs?

The Orang Jawa people have a strong Islamic background.


Prayer Points

Pray that communication bridges into their culture could be used to meet the spiritual needs. Pray that the lives of committed believers will be a positive influence and could bring about good relationships with Orang Jawa people.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to speak to the hearts of Orang Jawa elders.
Pray for their family leaders to have dreams and visions of the risen and victorious Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Javanese, Orang Jawa in Malaysia.


References

Southeast Asia Link – SEALINK, Copyrighted © Used with permission


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People Name General Javanese
People Name in Country Javanese, Orang Jawa
Natural Name Orang Jawa Javanese
Pronunciation
Alternate Names Jawa; Orang Jawa; जावेनीस
Population this Country 718,000
Population all Countries 18,673,000
Total Countries 9
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 17000
ROP3 Code 112316
ROP25 Code 303350
ROP25 Name Jawa
Country Malaysia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 49  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Kedah state: Kota Setar and Kuala Munda districts; Perak state: Kinta district; Selangor state: Kuala Lumpur area; Sabah state: scattered coastal settlements.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Malaysia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 49  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Kedah state: Kota Setar and Kuala Munda districts; Perak state: Kinta district; Selangor state: Kuala Lumpur area; Sabah state: scattered coastal settlements..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 7.00 %)
17.00 %
Ethnic Religions
30.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
53.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Javanese (718,000 speakers)
Language Code jav   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Javanese (718,000 speakers)
Language Code jav   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Javanese

Primary Language:  Javanese

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Bible-New Testament Yes  (1829-1981)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1854-2017)
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