Pegagan in Indonesia

The Pegagan have only been reported in Indonesia
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Introduction / History

The Pegagan are a people group who live along the downstream section of the Ogan River in the districts of Pemulutan, Indralaya and Tanjung Raya in Ogan Ilir Regency. Neighboring peoples call the Pegangan dialect "Sue Sue." In their area, the Pegagan live alongside the Palembang, Meranjat (also called "Penesak"), Rambang and Kayu Agung peoples. The Pegagan dialect is part of the Musi language which also includes the Lematang, Musi, Rawas, Palembang, Penesak and Belide.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Pegagan, like other inhabitants of South Sumatra, are generally friendly and easy to get along with. People who move into their area find it easy to adapt to living with Pegagan neighbors.
Rice farming in the Pegagan area is unique in that they practice wet rice cultivation. That means they plant rice in fields submerged in standing water. The wet rice fields consist of three parts: dikes that separate the fields into sections, areas with shallow water and areas with deep water. On average, rice can be planted in the fields for two growing seasons, after which other crops are rotated in for a season. Along the banks of the Ogan River, rice fields as high as one's ankles spread across the land and up to the river's edge. At the start of dry season, farmers begin to plant wet rice fields. Later in the year they harvest fish from ponds that form in those same fields.
Rice farming and fishing are two sustaining industries for most of the community in Pemulutan District of Ogan Ilir Regency. The many rice fields of Ogan Ilir can meet the daily needs of the residents of the surrounding areas for the entire year. During rainy season, the fields normally become small ponds and lakes. The community is free to catch the many species of freshwater fish that can be found in the flooded fields. With the arrival of dry season, the water begins to recede, and the fields can be used for rice cultivation again.
Rice farming is the mainstay of the Pegagan people's livelihood. Additionally, they raise fish in rivers, produce cloth embroidered with gold and silver thread and raise small livestock to supplement their income. The Pegagan are known for a local dish, Pindang Pegagan, which is freshwater fish (usually Patin) cooked in a thin sauce. The fields that they own generally are inherited and cannot be enlarged.
One local celebration, Ningku, is attended by unmarried men and women following Lebaran, the feast marking the end of the Ramadan month of fasting. Almost all young Pegagan men and women leave their home area to look for work in other places but will return home to visit at Lebaran. Ningku is a chance for unmarried men and women to get to know one another. The young people parade in their best clothing and then go boating on the river that passes through their area. The Kayu Agung people, who refer to this celebration as "Ngutang", also practice this activity.


What Are Their Beliefs?

All Pegagan people are Muslims. Islam is intertwined with traditional customs. Many mosques in the Pegagan area are large and the Pegagan people appear very active in religious devotion.


What Are Their Needs?

One Pegagan district, Indralaya, is slated to become a buffer zone for the capital city of Palembang. Because of this, the area is beginning to develop. The biggest need of the Pegagan is the ability to leverage the advantages of this development for their benefit. Training in entrepreneurship is an important need.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to bless them spiritually and monetarily in such a way they know he is both all-powerful and good.
Pray for the Pegagan to have the spiritual hunger it takes to seek and find the King of kings.
Pray that soon there will be Peganan disciples who make more disciples.
Pray for their community to find that Jesus is who he says he is.


Scripture Prayers for the Pegagan in Indonesia.


References

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Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Pegagan
People Name in Country Pegagan
Alternate Names
Population this Country 261,000
Population all Countries 261,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 5
People ID 19920
ROP3 Code 115562
ROP25 Code 306648
ROP25 Name Pegagan
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 Sumatra island, Sumatera Selatan Province; east down Lematang and Ogan river valleys, south of Muaraenim town, east and southeast of Lahat town; Bengkulu Province; central Bukit Barisan highlands west to Indian Ocean along Bengkulu coast; Lampung Province, 4 separate enclaves.   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 Sumatra island, Sumatera Selatan Province; east down Lematang and Ogan river valleys, south of Muaraenim town, east and southeast of Lahat town; Bengkulu Province; central Bukit Barisan highlands west to Indian Ocean along Bengkulu coast; Lampung Province, 4 separate enclaves..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Pegagan in Indonesia Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Malay, Central (261,000 speakers)
Language Code pse   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Malay, Central (261,000 speakers)
Language Code pse   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Malay, Central
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Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
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