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Aeta / Ati Negritos People Group

Aeta Brothers

“Aeta
Brothers In Mabinay” 2007 by Richard Bartz *

Country:  The Philippines

History:  The Aeta are indigenous, and are thought to be among the earliest inhabitants of the Philippines. They are considered to be Negritos, who are dark to very dark brown-skinned and tend to have features such as a small stature, small frame, curly to kinky afro-like textured hair with a higher frequency of naturally lighter hair color relative to the general population, small nose, and dark brown eyes.

Their Lives:  They live in the mountains and live mostly by farming.  In Negros they farm corn, and other vegetables.  Their food staple is corn grits.  Many of them raise small farm animals such as chickens, goats and pigs.  They also work in the sugar cane farms for income.  Many of the children go to school and are able to complete high school.  Many of the older people cannot read, although some of the Christians are learning to read from the Bible. 

Those who are not Christian have animistic beliefs, practicing spirit appeasement.  The Ati of Negros island call their environmental spirits taglugar or tagapuyo, which literally means "from/inhabiting a place." They also believe in spirits of disease and comfort.

Population:  11,000

Location:   In the mountains of Negros and Luzon.

Language:  Aeta

Religion:  Ethnic religions

Christian %:  2 % adherent and 1.5 % evangelistic

Scriptures:  Not available in the Aeta language.  Many of them use the local language which has Christian resources.

Missionaries:  SEAMIST is one of the Mission agencies working among the Aeta.  There is an indigenous Aeta church planted in Negros.

Prayer Points: 

  • Pray that the existing Aeta Church in Negros will plant more churches.

  • Pray that the Negros believers will take the gospel to their distant neighbors, the Ati.

  • Pray that the Christian Aetas will grow in faith and continue strong in the Lord.

  • Pray that their land will be fertile and their crops will be abundant.

  • Pray for resources for building of new churches and repairs of existing churches. 

Photo © 2007 by Richard Bartz, used with permission.

Who?  What? Where?!--  

"In a nutshell" as they say, SEAMIST works in South East Asia!  We plant churches in South East Asia.  We try to focus all our efforts and resources on reaching the least reached peoples in South East Asia.

What does "least reached" mean?  It simply means the people groups that have few or no workers reaching out to them, few or no churches or believers in Jesus Christ.  These would be the most needy of all people in the world!

Our workers are trained to use contextual methods to share the good news.  We just want everyone to know about Jesus!  Our goal is always to leave behind a New Testament church. 

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