Batin people

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Total population
(70,000 (1998)
72,000 (2005))
Regions with significant populations
Jambi Province, Sumatra
Jambi Malay
Related ethnic groups
Jambi and Kerinci

The Batin are a sub-group of Malay people that inhabits the interior parts of Jambi province[1]

There are approximately 72,000 Batin living in the interior of south-central Sumatra. They speak a dialect of the Jambi variant of Malay,[2] but the accent is similar to Minangkabau language.[3]

The Batin are predominantly Muslim, but have a matrilineal kinship system, which is similar to Minangkabau than to Jambi Malays.


  1. ^ Elsbeth Locher-Scholten (2004). Sumatran Sultanate and Colonial State: Jambi and the Rise of Dutch Imperialism, 1830-1907. SEAP Publications. ISBN 0-8772-7736-2. 
  2. ^ Ethnologue report for "Malay, Jambi"
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Further reading[edit]

  • Nuh, M. Imran (2000) Budaya masyarakat suku bangsa Batin di Kabupaten Bungo Tebo, Propinsi Jambi Proyek Pengkajian dan Pembinaan Nilai-Nilai Budaya Daerah, Direktorat Sejarah dan Nilai Tradisional, Direktorat Jenderal Kebudayaan, Jakarta;