Tonga in Malaysia


Population
100
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Tonga is the language of the Mani people of Thailand and Malaysia. They look more like Africans than Asians. They have lived in what is Thailand and Malaysia for thousands of years. They prefer the name "Mani" which simply means, "jungle dwellers."


Where Are they Located?

The Mani people live on the border between Thailand and Malaysia. Some live on either side of the border.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Because they live off the land through simple hunting and foraging for wild fruits, roots, and vegetables, they have a very small population. Clothes that are not brought to them from the outside are made of banana leaves and other natural materials. They live in huts made of bamboo poles with banana leaves for roofing.

Today things are changing rapidly for the Mani people. Other people groups are encroaching on their land and hunting their wild animals with guns. The Mani people cannot compete with outsiders for limited resources.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The primary religion practiced by the Mani people is ethnic religion. Ethnic religion is deeply rooted in a people's ethnic identity and conversion essentially equates to cultural assimilation.

They cremate their dead, and ask the spirit of the deceased to not follow them home. They do not bury their dead because someone might walk over the place where the corpse is buried, which would be a sin.


What Are Their Needs?

It is only a matter of time before this people group is forced to live in the 21st century, and if they are not prepared for it, they will be taken advantage of or even destroyed as a people. Believers can teach them valuable marketable skills so they don't wind up as beggars or prostitutes.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Lord to send His people to help the Manis adjust to upcoming changes.
* Pray for justice and mercy to prevail as the Mani people come in contact with modern society.
* Pray for them to learn the ways of Jesus, and use them to help them to flourish in the years to come.
* Pray for a Mani church that will be defined by discipleship and obedience to the teachings of Jesus.


References

http://www.peoplegroups.org/Explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=10894
http://originalpeople.org/mani-people-ethnic-negrito-tribe-thailand/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maniq_people


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Tonga
People Name in Country Tonga
Population in Malaysia 100
World Population 500
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Mos Negrito
People ID 18889
ROP3 Code 114836
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 Peninsular, Perlis State, northwest tip, north of Kaki.   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 Peninsular, Perlis State, northwest tip, north of Kaki..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Ten'edn (100 speakers)
Language Code tnz   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Ten'edn
Primary Language Ten'edn (100 speakers)
Language Code tnz   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Ten'edn

Primary Language:  Ten'edn

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
85.50 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
14.00 %
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
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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