Bugi


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Bugi

 

(also Buginese), a people in Indonesia. The Bugi and the related Makassarese inhabit the southwestern regions of the island of Sulawesi. Population, approximately 3 million (1967 estimate). They speak Buginese; they have had their own writing system, folklore, and literature since the 14th or 15th century. Their religion is Islam, although vestiges of Hinduism and animistic beliefs still survive. Their chief occupations are farming (rice, corn, sugarcane, and so on), some livestock raising (buffalo, horses, cows, goats, and sheep), sea and river fishing, various handicrafts, and trade.

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Narody Iugo-Vostochnoi Azii. Moscow, 1966.
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Tudang is a Bugis word which has been incorporated into the 'high' language of Toraja ritual chants, meaning 'to sit'.
The more reckless who defaulted on their debts at the end of the day were liable to find themselves (and sometimes their wives and children) rounded up by Bugis slave traders to be taken off for sale in the lowlands (Bigalke 1981:73-75).
I am grateful to an anonymous reviewer for pointing out that swinging still features in the post-harvest mappadendang ritual of Bugis in the Sidenreng-Rappang region, largely as a game for adolescents rather than a procedure enacted by ritual officiants (which I believe was also the case in Toraja).