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Minangkabau people

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Minangkabau people (Minangkabau: Urang Minang or Urang Awak; Indonesian or Malay: Orang Minangkabau;[5] Jawi: منڠكبو), also known as Minang, are an Austronesian ethnic group native to the Minangkabau Highlands of West Sumatra, Indonesia. The Minangkabau's West Sumatran homelands was the seat of the Pagaruyung Kingdom,[6] believed by early historians to have been the cradle of the Malay race,[7] and the location of the Padri War (1821 to 1837).

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Minangkabau
Minangkabos
Urang Minang or Urang Awak
منڠكبو
A Minangkabau bride and groom, the bride is wearing a Suntiang crown
Total population
c. 8 million[1]
Regions with significant populations
 Indonesia6,462,713[2]
         West Sumatra4,281,439
         Riau624,145
         North Sumatra345,403
         Jakarta305,538
         West Java202,203
         Jambi168,947
         Riau Islands156,770
 Malaysia934,000 (counted as part of the local Malaysian Malays)[3]
 Singapore15,720 (counted as part of the local Singaporean Malays)
 Netherlands7,490
Languages
Predominantly
Minangkabau  Indonesian
Also
Other Malay varieties incl. Malaysian  Kerinci
Religion
Predominantly
Islam[4]
Related ethnic groups

a According to customary law ( Adat ), all Minangkabau people are Muslim
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Minangkabau are the ethnic majority in West Sumatra and Negeri Sembilan. Minangkabau are also a recognised minority in other parts of Indonesia as well as Malaysia, Singapore and the Netherlands.