The People of Bali and Nusa Tenggara

The following is a list of Unreached People Groups on the islands of Bali and Nusa Tenggara.

 


 

Who are the Mamboru?

The Mamboru people live on the northwestern coast of Sumba, just south of Flores. Sumba is in East Nusa Tenggara Province. Much of interior Sumba consists of extensive plateaus, with scattered, irregular hills, particularly in the western part. The climate is hot and dry. The Mamboru people are closely related to the Wanukaka, Lamboya and Anakalangu, but their languages are completely different. What Are Their Lives Like? Their livelihood is primarily a combination of small-scale farming and … [Read more...]

Who are the Sumbawa?

The Sumbawa live on Sumbawa island in West Nusa Tenggara province. The name “Sumbawa” originally referred only to the western part of the island and the Sumbawa sultanate. The eastern part was called Bima. Today the whole island is called Sumbawa. The Sumbawa are spread throughout 2 regencies in the western half of Sumbawa. Some Sumbawa people have also moved to other parts of Indonesia. The Sumbawa language has 4 main dialects. The Sumbawa Besar dialect is understood by everyone, while the … [Read more...]

Who are the Kangean?

The Kangean people live on the islands of Kangean. The Kangean islands are about 120 kilometers east of the island of Madura and 115 kilometers north of the island of Bali. The Kangean island cluster consists of about 60 islands that spans 487 square kilometers. They use the Kangean language which is close to the Madura language. What are their lives like? People on the Kangean islands are known to be very friendly, polite and religious. The community speaks multiple dialects of the Madura … [Read more...]

Who are the Mbojo?

The Mbojo, also known as the Bima or Dompu, live in the lowlands of the Bima and Dompu regencies in West Nusa Tenggara province. These regencies are located in eastern Sumbawa island. Although this area has a long coast with many bays, most of the population does not make their living from the sea. In fact, most of their communities are built about 5 km from the coast. The northern part of the island is fertile, while the southern part is barren. The Mbojo are also called the Oma (“move”) … [Read more...]

Who are the Sasak?

The Sasak make up the majority of the population of Lombok Island in West Nusa Tenggara province. They live throughout most of the island, but the most densely populated areas are the fertile rice fields south of the famous Mount Rinjani. In the past, anthropologists divided the Sasak into two groups: Waktu Lima and Waktu Telu. The Waktu Lima Sasak mostly live in the central plains, close to the roads and trade centers. The Sasak Waktu Telu tend to live in remote villages in the south and in the … [Read more...]

Who are the Baliaga?

The Baliaga are a small people group living in several remote villages on the island of Bali. They are considered to be the original inhabitants of the island and were there long before the 16th century arrival of the people group we now know as Balinese. The culture, language, and religion of the Baliaga differ significantly from that of their Balinese neighbors. Historical evidence shows that there used to be Baliaga villages scattered throughout the island. However, many Baliaga villages … [Read more...]

Who are the Loloan?

The Loloan (also known as the Melayu Bali) people are located in the district of Negara on the western end 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. It is thought that 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 … [Read more...]

Who are The Balinese?

The island of Bali is probably better known than the country of Indonesia. The word “Bali” brings to mind visions of a tropical paradise. Its beauty, friendly people, exquisite art and unique dance have made Bali a favorite destination for millions of tourists from around the world. On this “Island of the gods” reside the Balinese. However, many Balinese can also be found on the nearby island of Lombok, as well as in Lampung, Sulawesi, South Kalimantan, Sumbawa and Papua. What are their lives … [Read more...]