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Makassar people

Makassar People
Tau Mangkasara'
ᨈᨕᨘ ᨆᨀᨔᨑ
A Makassar man, 1913.
Total population
2,000,000 - 3,000,000
Regions with significant populations
 Indonesia (2010 census) 2,672,590[1]
         South Sulawesi 2,380,208
         Southeast Sulawesi 59,301
         Papua 41,239
         East Kalimantan 31,701
         DKI Jakarta 29,444
         West Sulawesi 25,367
 Malaysia unknown
Makassarese, Makassar Malay, Indonesian
Predominately Islam
Related ethnic groups
Bugis, Mandar

The Makassar people (also known as Mangasara, Mengkasara, Macassar, Taena, Tena, or Gowa) are an ethnic group that inhabits the southern part of the South Peninsula, Sulawesi. They live around Makassar, the capital city of the province of South Sulawesi, as well as the Konjo highlands, the coastal areas, and the Selayar and Spermonde islands. They speak Makassarese, which is closely related to Buginese and also a Malay creole called Makassar Malay.


  • Lifestyle 1
  • Language 2
    • Writing System 2.1
  • Religion 3
    • History 3.1
  • Culture 4
    • Philosophy 4.1
    • Traditional Costume 4.2
    • Cuisine 4.3
  • Contact with Australia 5
  • References 6


The main source of income of the Makassar is rice farming; however, they are also famous throughout Indonesia for their skill in trading and as fishermen.

Labor division is strict because of the rigid separation of the sexes, as in all traditional Muslim communities. Men are engaged in matters outside the house such as farming, fishing, etc. Women are usually responsible for the household duties, while the man is the head of the family. While they are in public, respect should be shown to him by the wife and children. Usually the final decisions concerning the family are made by the husband. In rural areas, arranged marriage is still widely practiced.

Polygamy is accepted by the Makassar people, but as a separate house must be provided for each wife. It is only practiced among the wealthy people.

Siri (respect and honor) is the social code by which the Makassar live. Anyone seriously offending another person's siri carries the risk of being killed, in which case authorities often refuse to intervene. The Makassar often help their neighbors in matters such as working in the rice fields and building houses.


Makassarese lLanguage (ISO code: mak), also referred to as "Basa Mangkasara" is the language spoken by the tribes of Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. This language is classified as part of Makassarese sub-branch of South Sulawesi branch which in turn part of the Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian language family.

Makassar Malay language (ISO code: mfp) or known as "Logat Makassar" (Makassar Dialect) is a creole of Malay. This language is used as the language of commerce in the port of Makassar, South Sulawesi. The number of speakers is reached 1.889 million inhabitants in 2000 and an estimated number of speakers of these languages continue to grow until it reaches ± 3.5 million inhabitants. The language is mostly used by Immigrants from outside the city of Makassar, Makassar City Population, Youth Makassar, or people who are not proficient in Makassarese. This language is spoken along the South Peninsula region of Sulawesi.

Writing System

(1). Serang Alphabet
(3).Alpabet Latin
(4).Lontara' Toa
(5).Lontara' Bilang bilang

Makassarese language has its own alphabet, called Lontara (ᨒᨚᨈᨑ), Sérang Alphabet is one of the characters effect the entry of Islam in Makassar which is a modification Jawi change point three above letter (ڤ three points on the letter Pa Jawi), become a nun (ن), and has Lontara Toa (Old Lontara') alphabet found in the book of La galigo and Lontara Bilang Bilang alphabet which is one of a combination of writing lontara and Arabic. but now many are written using the Latin alphabet.

Lontara letter comes from the ancient Brahmi letters from India. Like many derivatives of these letters, each containing consonant vowel "a" are not marked. Other vowels given punctuation above, below, or to the left or right of each consonant.


A Makassar mosque in the colonial period, 1930s.

The Makassar are almost all Muslim, but some traditional beliefs are still influential, especially in the remote areas.


Islam began officially accepted into the structure of Gowa Kingdom since 1605, marked by the arrival of three scholars from Koto Tangah, Minangkabau.One of the three scholars Minangkabau are Single Khatib Abdul Makmur who holds Dato'ri Bandang. Ahmad Hidayat in his article titled "Islamic History Up to the archipelago" said Dato'ri Bandang are scholars who propagated Islam in the territory of the Kingdom of Gowa.

While two other colleagues, each spread Islam in the region and in the Kingdom of Luwu Bulukumba. Da'wah conducted by Dato'ri Bandang not only touch the lower layers of society, but also merchants and nobles Gowa.In fact, during Dato'ri Bandang spread the teachings of Islam there, one of the rulers of the Kingdom of Gowa, the King of Gowa-14, I Manga'rangi Daeng Manrabia the title of Sultan Alauddin Tumenanga ri Gaukanna embraced Islam. Previously, Mangkubumi Gowa, who also serves as the King Tallo, I Malingkaang Daeng Nyonri or Karaeng Katangka, first embraced Islam. He then got the name of Islam Sultan Abdullah al-Islam Awwal. Since then, the Kingdom of Gowa who are in the southern part of South Sulawesi became the center of the spread of Islam since Islam serve as the official religion of the Kingdom of Gowa.


Young Makassar woman in traditional clothes (baju bodo) in the colonial period, 1930s.


Culture Siri 'Na Pacce is one cultural philosophy Bugis-Makassar Society which must be upheld. If siri 'na pacce not a person, then that person may exceed the behavior of animals, because it has no sense of shame, self-esteem, and social concerns. They also just want to win yourself and indulge his desires. The term siri 'na pacce as a cultural value system is very abstract and difficult to be defined as the series' na pacce only be felt by the adherents of that culture. For the people of Bugis-Makassar, siri 'teach morality in the form of advice decency, prohibition, the rights and obligations that dominate human action to preserve and defend himself and his honor. Siri 'is a shame that decomposes in the dimensions of human dignity, siri' is something that is 'taboo' for the people of Bugis-Makassar in interacting with others. Meanwhile, pacce teach solidarity and social care unselfishly and inil group is one of the concepts that make the Bugis-Makassar able to survive and respected diperantauan, pacce a compassionate nature and feeling the burden and suffering of others.

From the aspect of ontology (a form of) culture siri 'na pacce have a very strong relationship with the view of Islam in terms of spirituality, where the strength of the soul can teraktualkan through conquest soul over the body. The core culture of siri 'na pacce cover all aspects of community life Bugis-Makassar, because siri' na pacce the identity of the Bugis-Makassar. With the philosophy and ideology siri 'na pacce the attachment between people and solidarity become stronger, both with fellow tribe or with other tribes. The concept of the series' na pacce not only embraced by these two tribes (Bugis and Makassar), but also embraced by other tribes who inhabit such Sulawesi mainland, Mandar tribe and Tator, only vocabulary and their mention are different, but the philosophy ideological similarity memilikii in interacting with others.

By type, Siri' divided 2, namely :

  • Siri 'Nipakasiri' occurs when someone insulted or treated outside the boundaries of reasonableness. Then he or his family had to enforce siri'nya to restore the honor that has been deprived of, if not it will be called "mate siri" or dead status and dignity as human beings. For the Bugis and Makassar, there is no purpose or reason for the higher life of the guard siri'nya, they would rather die than live without siri '. Death for maintaining siri 'called "mate nigollai..mate nisantangngi" which means to die with dignity to maintain self-esteem.
  • Siri 'Masiri' is a way of life that intends to maintain, improve or achieve a feat performed by earnest and hard with exhaust all means for the sake of the series' itself. Like a piece of poetry sinrili '"Takunjunga' bangung turu '.. Nakugunciri' gulingku .. Kuallengi Tallanga Natoalia" which means "My Sails has been I opened .. have I put my steering .. I chose sinking of the step back". The slogan symbolizes how society Bugis-Makassar has a high determination and courage in this life.

Based on the values of the culture contained siri 'na pacce divided into three, namely:

  • Philosophical value. Philosophical value siri 'na pacce is a picture of the way of life of people Bugis and Makassar on various issues of life that includes the character of the Bugis Makassar reactive, militant, optimistic, consistent, loyal, courageous and constructive.
  • Ethical values. On ethical values siri 'na pacce are values which include: firm establishment, loyal, know yourself, honest, wise, humble, polite, love and empathy.
  • Aesthetic value Aesthetic value of the series' na pacce include aesthetic values in non-human nature consisting of inanimate objects, natural objects vegetable, animal and natural objects.

Culture siri 'na pacce is something that is needed by this nation, to become a great nation. It is necessary for younger figures who has a soul and character are established for youth leaders and owners of this nation. They should have a series of 'na pacce in themselves, with their culture siri' na pacce young children of this nation will be more sensitive to all kinds of problems that are sweeping the nation.

A leader who has a culture siri 'na pacce in itself will be a leader who has the courage and firmness, but remain prudent in the lead. A leader who hold this principle will lead the country towards a better direction, because they have a sense of environmentally sensitive, able to listen to the aspirations of the people they lead.

Traditional Costume

Baju bodo is the traditional costume of women Bugis Makassar, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Baju bodo rectangular, usually short-sleeved, i.e. half above the elbow. Baju bodo also recognized as one of the world's oldest fashion. According to custom Bugis, every color of clothes worn by women bodo Bugis showing its age or the dignity of the wearer. Clothing is often used for ceremonies such as wedding ceremonies. But now, baju bodo start revitalized through other events such as dance competitions or welcome guests.


Coto Makassar

Culinary Makassar as a blend between the agrarian and maritime. On the west coast such as Makassar, Maros, Pangkep, Barru, Sidrap and eastern coastal Bone As coastal areas directly coincident with the area of rice fields. Agricultural areas in Bugis Makassar are quite extensive as in the Maros region, Pangkep, and Sidrap. Rice and other crops such as bananas are abundant, almost all dishes are, like Bugis Makassar cake, made from rice and banana major. Rice occupies the highest social strata in food.

Coastal areas of South Sulawesi is also becoming an important producer of fish, ponds scattered on the west coast with the results of Bolu (milkfish), Shrimp, Sunu (grouper) and Crab. The tradition of fishing in coastal and high seas, is well-developed, among others Tuna is caught.

Agrarian pattern also found in his footsteps in the Bugis Makassar dishes and mandar are made from beef or buffalo prime example is Coto, Konro, Sopsaudara, and Pallubasa.

Because it is near the coast, abundant catches of fish mean that people eat fish all the time. If people eat rice berlauk Fish Java, South Sulawesi ber of fish people eat rice as a side dish. Rice is always a little portion of the fish.

In South Sulawesi, the traditional food is diverse, ranging from soup, roasted, to traditional cakes.

Contact with Australia

Makassar trepangers from the southwest corner of Sulawesi (formerly Celebes) visited the coast of northern Australia in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to collect and process trepang (also known as sea cucumber), a marine invertebrate prized for its culinary and medicinal values in Chinese markets. The term Makassan (or Macassan) is generally used to apply to all the trepangers who came to Australia, although some were from other islands in the Indonesian Archipelago, including Timor, Rote and Aru.


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