Rejangese people

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Rejangese people
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A group of dancing virgins at Curup, Lejang Lebong, Bengkulu, Indonesia in 1939.
Total population
1,095,289 (2010 census)
Regions with significant populations
Bengkulu Province, Indonesia
Rejang language (Sumatra)
Islam (predominantly), Christianity
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.


In Bengkulu Province, the Rejangese are prevalent in Rejang Lebong Regency (districts of Lebong Utara, Lebong Selatan, Curup and Kepahiang), in North Bengkulu Regency (districts of Taba Penanjung, Pondok Kelapa, Kerkap, Arga Makmur and Lais),[2] in Kepahiang Regency,[3] in Lebong Regency and in Central Bengkulu Regency.[4] Majority of them lived in along the slopes of Bukit Barisan mountain range.


  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
  2. ^ "Rejang in Indonesia". Joshua Project. Retrieved 2014-11-09. 
  3. ^ LLC Books (2010). Subdistricts of Kepahiang Regency. General Books LLC. ISBN 1-1573-0176-2. 
  4. ^ Zulyani Hidayah (1997). Ensiklopedi: Suku Bangsa Di Indonesia. Pustaka LP3ES. ISBN 9-7983-9164-0. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Rois Leonard Arios (2011), Sistem Pewarisan Suku Bangsa Rejang, BPSNT Padang, Departemen Kebudayaan dan Pariwisata, ISBN 9786-0287-4235-1 

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