8.01.2021
Thomas Schirrmacher

Hand drawn ethnological maps of Indonesia from 1981

Detail of the map without Iran Jaya/Papua
Map and list of the ethnic groups in Irian Jaya/Papua

My interest in the thousands of peoples (and languages) of this world is unbroken. During the preparation of the hearing of the German federal parliament (Deutscher Bundestag 2019, see here) I found these hand-drawn maps of the peoples and religions of Indonesia after my stay there in 1981. Of interest is my assessment of the Islamic dynamics in the regions of Indonesia at that time. That was just 40 years ago and yet you can’t imagine today how we worked back then. You couldn’t get something like that in book form back then.

Complete map and list of the ethnic groups in Indonesia

Map of Indonesia’s religions including an assessment of the orientation of Islam in the regions

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