Rejangese people

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Rejangese people
Total population
1,095,289 (2010 census)
Regions with significant populations
Bengkulu Province (Kepahiang Regency, Lebong Regency, Rejang Lebong Regency, North Bengkulu Regency, Central Bengkulu Regency), Indonesia
Rejang language
Related ethnic groups
Lembak people, Serawai people, Besemah people

The Rejangese are an ethnic group living mainly on the southwest coast of the island of Sumatra, on the cool mountain slopes of the Barisan mountain range, in the province of Bengkulu, Indonesia. They speak the Rejang language, which is quite different from the similarly named Rejang-Baram language group, which is spoken on the island of Borneo in Sarawak and Kalimantan.

The predominate crops of the Rejangese are rice, tobacco, and coffee. There are also local gold and silver mines.

The population is not well measured, with estimates from 250,000 to a million.[1] The 2000 Indonesian census estimated the population at around 330,000.


The Rejangese are more prevalent in the Bengkulu Utara, Bengkulu Tengah, Kepahiang, Lebong, and Rejang Lebong regencies, than elsewhere in Bengkulu Province.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Wurm, Stephen A. and Shiro Hattori, (eds.) (1981) Language Atlas of the Pacific Area Australian Academy of the Humanities in collaboration with the Japan Academy, Canberra, ISBN 0-85883-239-9

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