Aralle in Indonesia

The Aralle have only been reported in Indonesia
Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Aralle are indigenous people in the nation of Indonesia. Most experts say that they came from other parts of Southeast Asia hundreds of years ago. The Aralle became Muslims due to the influence of Muslim Indian and Arab traders in the 16th century. The Aralle-Tabulahan language is spoken by less than 20,000 people and is considered endangered by linguists.

Where Are they Located?

The Aralle people live only in west central Sulawesi Island. They live near the coast of the Makassar Strait that borders the eastern portion of the island of Borneo.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Aralle make their living through agriculture, fishing, and hunting. They grow rice, coconuts, sago palms, sweet potatoes, and vegetables. Men fish the rivers and the waters of the Makassar Strait. They also hunt for animals suitable for eating. As Muslims, the Aralle will not eat pork. Chickens supply them with meat and eggs. Goats provide skins, milk, and meat.

The Aralle live in villages governed by an elder or group of elders. Village shamans are their main source of medical and spiritual care.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Aralle consider themselves to be Muslims. Their Islam is heavily influenced by folk religion. The Aralle believe that spirits inhabit the objects of nature such as rocks, trees, rivers, hills, and animals. They believe that evil spirits can hurt them, and Allah is distant. The spirits control their daily lives. Village shamans help the Aralle deal with the spirits through the use of charm, rituals, and offerings.

What Are Their Needs?

The Aralle need to hear and understand the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. They would also benefit from medical teams coming to their villages and offering them modern medicine. Agricultural experts can show the Aralle how to improve their crop yields. An Aralle New Testament became available in 2004, but they need full access to it.

Prayer Points

Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Aralle people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.

Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Aralle families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.

Pray for the spiritual lives of the Aralle people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.

Pray for the lives and culture of the Aralle people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them. Pray the Aralle New Testament gets into the hands of the small group of Aralle believers.

Scripture Prayers for the Aralle in Indonesia.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Aralle
People Name in Country Aralle
Population this Country 6,100
Population all Countries 6,100
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names
People ID 21530
ROP3 Code 118334
Country Indonesia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country West Sulawesi   Source:  IPN
Country Indonesia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country West Sulawesi.   Source:  IPN
Map of Aralle in Indonesia Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Language Aralle-Tabulahan (6,100 speakers)
Language Code atq   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Aralle-Tabulahan (6,100 speakers)
Language Code atq   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Aralle-Tabulahan

Primary Language:  Aralle-Tabulahan

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1999-2000)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2004)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Portions General / Other
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Aralle-Tabulahan Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store Faith Comes by Hearing
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Aralle-Tabulahan YouVersion Bibles
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.17 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.83 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Map Source People Group location: SIL / WLMS. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more