Loloan-Malay Bali in Indonesia

Loloan-Malay Bali
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People Name: Loloan-Malay Bali
Country: Indonesia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 29,000
World Population: 29,000
Primary Language: Malay, Balinese
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.18 %
Evangelicals: 0.18 %
Scripture: Translation Started
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Bali-Sasak
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Loloan (also known as the Melayu Bali) people are in the villages of Cupel, Pangambengan, Loloan Timur, Loloan Barat, Budeng, Air Kuning and Perancak in the district of Negara toward the western end of the island of Bali. The word loloan is derived from the word liloan ("wrapped around" or "winding"), which refers to the first settler's description of the River Ijogading, with its turbulent, changing currents. Their ancestors were Muslim immigrants from Sulawesi, Kalimantan and Malaysia. Sunan Wajo led the first group of settlers from Sulawesi. They came to Bali in the 17th Century to escape from the Dutch military. At that time, I Gusti Ngurah Pancoran, the King of Jembrana, welcomed them. He had also resisted the Dutch. These Bugis-Makassar immigrants developed a good relationship with the King for the purpose of converting all his people to Islam.
Another group of settlers came from Kalimantan and was led by Abdullah bin Yahya Al Qadry, a descendant of the Sultan of Pontianak. Several of the Melay groups from Malaysia originated from the areas of Pahang, Johor, Kedah and Trengganu and some of the immigrants were of Arab origin. These groups were also seeking to evade the Dutch military and became assimilated into the Loloan people group.

What Are Their Lives Like?

As a community, the Loloan villages have significantly different characteristics than the villages of the Balinese people in the surrounding areas. In addition to the obvious religious differences, there are differences in the way they build their homes. The Loloan homes are built on raised platforms, on top of stilts approximately two meters high. The main door of the house always faces to the east. The location of the door is designed to avoid any distractions when they are doing their prayers toward Mecca in the west. The decorations of the homes are generally Islamic in nature, such as using Arabic calligraphy in artwork. The Loloan style of dress, especially for women, is also Islamic. In general, they maintain a special and distinctive cultural pattern amid the Hindu Bali people, who have in turn, maintained their own cultural distinctiveness amid an overwhelmingly Muslim nation.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Loloan are strong Muslims, which is different from most of the Balinese people group who are Hindu. This leads to them being ostracized by the Balinese people. Loloan traditional laws have been handed down through the generations and they also strictly enforce Islamic law. Despite this, some Loloan people are greatly influenced by animism and superstition. These beliefs cause them to seek protection using magic by either appeasing or controlling good and evil spirits.

What Are Their Needs?

The Loloan people need outside assistance in developing the resources in their environment. They need to be open to all kinds of technology to become integrated into the larger society as productive citizens. There is a great need for electricity and development of irrigation systems in their remote villages. The Loloan people also need access to more employment opportunities in eco-friendly, sustainable industries that utilize the resources they have.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Loloan people to have the spiritual insight to know they cannot be right with God apart from a sin-free savior.
Pray for them to seek and find the risen Christ.
Pray for anointed workers to go to them, bearing the gospel of Christ.
Pray for many Loloan disciples to make disciples of others.

Text Source:   Joshua Project