PEID: 7657

ROP: 101933

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Affinity Group: Asian Pacific Rim Peoples

Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples

People Cluster: Filipino, Muslim

Language: Central Sama - (sml)

Alternate Name(s): Muslim Unreached Philippino Sub-cluster, Cama Bajau, Siasi

Primary Religion: Islam - Folk

Country: Philippines

Also found in: Malaysia

Population: 138,000

Global Population: 205,000

PEID: 7657

ROP: 101933

Progress of the Gospel: Engaged yet Unreached

Global Status of Evangelical Christianity: Less than 2% Evangelical, No Active CP Activity

Overview: The Central Sama of Philippines, numbering 138,000, are Engaged yet Unreached. They are part of the Filipino, Muslim people cluster within the Malay Peoples affinity bloc. Globally, this group totals 205,000 in 2 countries. Their primary language is Central Sama. The primary religion practiced by the Central Sama is Folk Islam, a syncretistic belief system that blends traditional elements of Islam with superstitious practices such as warding off spirits with incantations and magic amulets, and reciting verses of the Qur'an to bring about miraculous healings.

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