The S.I people of South East Asia

Population: 40 million
Main Trade: Farming
Main Religion: Islam - their animistic beliefs remain influential in daily life
Key Challenges: Most local churches are Western in style and made up of other ethnic groups that have moved to the area
Fact: Famous for their artistic and musical abilities and use many traditional instruments

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Living among the S.I people

Islamic practices are important for the S.I community, so too the role of Shamans, rituals and mystic practices like numerology. There is a deep fear of evil spirits, and a reliance on charms to provide protection. Religious rituals are relied on to build spiritual merit and gain access to heaven. Within the S.I community,dreams and visions are valued and interpretation is often sought.


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